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76 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 7:55 pm

"Mmm," I respond as I fasten the prosthetic to my leg, wincing lightly as I tighten it down. It's a challenge getting to my feet, the prosthetic clunking awkwardly against the floor as I grab my robe and pull it on to head out into the living room.

"Did you have any trouble getting in and out of the city?" I ask around a stifled yawn.

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77 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 8:12 pm

"It was well into regular business hours by the time I came in this morning, so it was no hassle at all." I answer as I start pulling out the casserole dishes of goulash and various cut vegetables from my garden. Carrots, radishes, and arugula color the otherwise blandly green salad in the dish as I mix them before setting aside. 

"And a cab took me right home last night, no issue at all." I add, turning towards him with one of the dishes of cut carrots in offering.

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78 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 8:32 pm

"Thank you," I smile as I take a small handful before moving over to the table to take a seat. "Are you okay with all of this?" I ask after popping one of the carrots into my mouth like a chip. "With having to work for a Prime?"

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79 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 8:54 pm

"To be fair," I start, my back to him as I fiddle with the oven to get it preheating. "Ylva lead me to believe you weren't. It's mostly why I agreed." 

Confident I'd turned the oven on properly, I head back to the fridge to pull out a bottle of his blood-like beverage and bring it towards him, my eyebrows shifting up as I realize how sparsely dressed he is.

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80 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 8:56 pm

"Does it bother you that I am, though?" I ask as I take the bottle, nodding my thanks as I pop another carrot in my mouth so my hand is free to open the bottle.

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81 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 9:06 pm

"No." I respond firmly, averting my gaze as I look around the kitchen for something to keep myself busy with. "Not s'long as you drink from the bottle."

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82 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 9:19 pm

"You don't like to be a donor?" I ask curiously as I take a sip of said bottle.

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83 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 9:27 pm

"I was raised outside of the city," I respond without looking towards him, "My parents did well for me, until they passed nearly nine years ago. Shortly after, I married. I had no need to be a donor, I was always taken care of."

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84 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 9:29 pm

"So you don't know what it's like to be a donor?" I press, tilting my head a bit as I look her over.

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85 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 9:33 pm

"I've known others who've donated." I state, dropping the sponge into the sink and rinsing my hands as I turn to face him, my hands tangled in the apron tied at my waist.

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86 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 9:35 pm

"And..?" I ask expectantly. "I take it they didn't have the best experience?"

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87 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 9:37 pm

"Not exactly." I say simply, unwilling to share this part of my life with the stranger at the table. "I'm not wary of you, Master Rhodes. I'm simply wary of the act, and I won't consent to it."

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88 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 9:43 pm

"I can respect that," I nod faintly as I set my bottle down to pick at the carrots. "I have mixed feelings about it, personally."

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89 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 9:50 pm

"Oh?" I ask, an eyebrow raising as I come to take a seat at the table, taking a carrot from the dish. "Are you one of those who feel it's owed, or of the inclination it's reserved for the most intimate of relations?"

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90 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 10:03 pm

"I don't know, I've never had a donor," I admit with a shrug, frowning lightly as I take a bite of a larger carrot slice. "It's one of those black and white things, isn't it? It's either a trust shared between two people, or it's assault. The only experience I've had with it resulted in a missing limb, so I guess it sort of makes me uncomfortable."

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91 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 10:04 pm

"So... that's what happened to your leg..?" I ask slowly, "A prime..?"

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92 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 10:21 pm

"She was my benefactor," I sigh quietly as I twist the bottle on the table, my nail tracing the ring of liquid it leaves beneath it. "I thought we were closer than we were... and then she realized I was different, and suddenly I was a meal, not a companion."

I force a stiff smile, shrugging dismissively as I take another drink.

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93 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 10:24 pm

I frown as I look at him, "I'm sorry," I offer, "That must've been horrifying... And heartbreaking."

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94 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 10:55 pm

"It's been a long month," I admit, sighing quietly before I finish off what's left in my bottle before pulling my robe closed as I lean my elbows on the table and look her over. "Plus side? You won't have to worry about any of that. Not from me, anyway."

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95 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 11:03 pm

I nod my understanding as I remember the oven heating and rise to go check it, squatting to read the small thermometer hanging from a rack just inside. Not quite, but close enough. 

Putting the casserole dish in the oven, I close the door back and glance around for a clock. Fifteen minutes, and it should be ready. 

"So you have loads of gadgets lying about," I call as I head into the living room to return to the task of tidying. "What is it you do, exactly?"

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96 Re: An exchange of goods on Mon May 16, 2016 11:49 pm

"A little bit of everything, really," I say as I continue picking at the carrots. "Officially, I'm a relief mechanic for the generators and other city machinery. Unofficially, I'm a tinkerer, engineer, freelance fixer extraordinaire.

"Really? I just like taking things apart and seeing how they work. This just happens to be less messy than being a therapist."

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97 Re: An exchange of goods on Tue May 17, 2016 12:09 am

"More admirable, as well," I laugh lightly, returning to where I'd been working earlier to tidy up the coffee and side tables in the living area. "I never understood the appeal of therapy. Telling me why I might be sad won't do anything to alleviate my pains, if anything, it just offers a more self-aware sort of depression. 

"I didn't like it."

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98 Re: An exchange of goods on Tue May 17, 2016 12:12 am

"Why did you have to go to therapy?" I ask before I can think better of the prying question. "...if you don't mind me asking."

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99 Re: An exchange of goods on Tue May 17, 2016 12:17 am

I tense mildly, realizing the trickle of personal information I'd offered before standing to look back at him. 

"To cope with the death of a loved one." I respond with a slight shrug, my arms full of books and writing utensils and other peculiar tools. "I struggled for a bit after, and someone close to me saw to it I got 'help.' I only went two or so times, if I recall," I continue, moving around towards the desk so I can put away the pens and pencils and drawing tools, "I always left feeling worse than I did when I went, so I stopped."

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100 Re: An exchange of goods on Tue May 17, 2016 10:38 pm

"Understandable," I nod with a sympathetic frown. "Sometimes it's best to just let things go rather than dwelling on them. I see someone pretty frequently, but when it comes to that kind of stuff, I don't know... I try not to let them focus on it. I'm at a whole other place when it comes to death compared to most people."

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