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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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101 Re: An exchange of goods on Tue May 17, 2016 10:44 pm

"Oh?" I ask, glancing towards him as I finish putting up what had been in my arms before turning to grab another stack of books and various items laying around. "So... Are you old like the Prime can be? Is that why you have a different outlook?

"I hear the Primes can often be a bit cavalier about death."

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102 Re: An exchange of goods on Tue May 17, 2016 10:55 pm

"Yeah, I'm kinda old, I guess?" I shrug as I pick at the carrots. "I don't know about cavalier, though. I just have an appreciation for when our time is up... I've experienced hanging on when it was time to let go, and it's just... not pretty."

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103 Re: An exchange of goods on Tue May 17, 2016 11:01 pm

"No, I s'pose it's not." I respond softly, a bundle of books propped against my leg as I kneel to order them on the shelf. 

"I don't care to dwell on death, though," I say after clearing my throat, putting the last of the books aware as I turn towards the kitchen to grab a rag to clean the newly cleared tables, "Surely there's something else to talk about."

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104 Re: An exchange of goods on Tue May 17, 2016 11:36 pm

"There usually is," I smile faintly as I get up from the table to go find something to wear. "So tell me about yourself? What do you like to do?"

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105 Re: An exchange of goods on Tue May 17, 2016 11:40 pm

"Ah," I shrug, busying myself with cleaning the coffee table as I take a seat on the couch. "I usually busy myself with tending to the garden at home, sometimes knitting. Cross stitch. I don't make much of a mess when it's just me there, so I don't have much to clean."`

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106 Re: An exchange of goods on Tue May 17, 2016 11:52 pm

"What do you have in your garden?" I ask from the doorway of the bedroom before slipping in to dig through the closet. It's empty... "Ah," I frown as I head back toward the living room. "I don't suppose you have my clothes with you, do you?"

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107 Re: An exchange of goods on Tue May 17, 2016 11:55 pm

I wince a bit as I look up at him, shaking my head tensely.

"They weren't dry," I frown, "They only went up on the line at daybreak... And I don't have a mechanical dryer. Just the wind."

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108 Re: An exchange of goods on Tue May 17, 2016 11:56 pm

"Ah," I nod before glancing down at my robe and shrugging. "Oh well, it won't be the first time I've spent the day working in my underwear."

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109 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 18, 2016 12:07 am

"After lunch, I can run out to see if they're dry." I offer, sitting up to look at him, "Really, it was careless of me not to get them dealt with sooner, or find a way to have them dried professionally."

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110 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 18, 2016 12:48 am

"It's fine, really," I say, waving a hand dismissively as I go to retrieve the pants I had worn the day before. "I'll be working on orders most of the day, so I'm not terribly worried about clean clothes. They're just going to get filthy the moment I get to work."

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111 Re: An exchange of goods on Wed May 18, 2016 6:23 pm

"Still, everyone likes clean clothes." I sigh, "I'll have them here in the morning."

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