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26 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:47 am

I look back at her with no small amount of dread and distaste as I take another long drag from my cigarette before flicking it down the hall. 

"Why?"

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27 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:56 am

I let out a long breath as I force myself to stand, holding onto the wall for support as I watch him linger in the door. 

"That stuff you brought?" I say as I reach back to get the thermos, my heart racing at the threat of being left. "It's just moppy, but I take more than that. Stuff for my mind, and for seizures, and- And I don't have any of that... So, if you could just stay with me, I'll hurry, I will."

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28 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:00 am

I continue to watch her with a sideways look, my lips pressing together. Glancing down at my watch, I let out a sigh of exasperation before nodding as I gesture for her to come closer.

"Alright, but you're taking a bloody bath!" I say sternly. "You smell like withdrawal sweats and it's disgusting."

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29 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:02 am

"Thank you," I breathe, hugging the thermos to my front as I step off of the mattress and towards the door.

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30 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:06 am

"King of the fucking underworld, and I'm bathing junkies," I grumble under my breath as I grab a towel that still looks somewhat clean. I continue to grouse quietly to myself as I guide her down the hall toward the washroom where a small child is busy playing in the sink.

"Get out," I snap, startling the child as I stand by the door and wait for him to scurry away so I can close it and lock it. "We need to find you more suitable accommodations if I'm going to be coming to see you."

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31 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:10 am

I ignore his remark as I move to cut on the shower, tugging at the quick release of my collar and pulling it off along with the mask before turning back to set it on the bench near the sink. I can't even look at him as I turn to face the shower, reaching in to feel if it's a comfortable temperature before glancing back at him pleadingly with my good eye.

"Around," I manage to (somewhat) say, gesturing with my finger for him to spit as I hold at the edge of my sweater.

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32 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:12 am

I raise an eyebrow at the request, momentarily considering refusal before I sigh and turn to face the other way. If anyone besides Marnin had brought her to my attention...

"Are you able to tell when a seizure is imminent?" I ask over my shoulder, my hands tucking into my pockets as I feel for what spell components I might have that could be of use in such an event.

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33 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:15 am

"No." I respond curtly, tugging my sweater off and dropping it to the floor before wiggling out of my pants and stepping quickly into the shower to tug the door behind me. I'm grateful for the thickly frosted glass, complete with soap scum and age to really opaque it.

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34 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:26 am

"Well, don't drown," I call into the shower with a scowl as I turn around (and most definitely not trying to catch a peek through the glass). "My suit costs more than this whole building - I'm not getting it wet to save you."

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35 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:40 am

I ignore him as I stand under the stream of intermittently warm water, setting to work washing my hair and scrubbing myself as best as I can with the knowledge of the man just outside the door. 

With my fingers tangled in my hair, my nose pinches as I notice a particularly odd aroma, one that threatens to turn my stomach as I piece together it's familiarity. Letting out a low whine, I slap my hand against the door just before I feel my body seize painfully, my eyes rolling back as my consciousness is overtaken by a violent storm of convulsions.

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36 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:51 am

"You okay..?" I ask hesitantly, a low groan building in my chest as I hear her hit the floor inside the shower. "God damn it! What did I say?!" 

I yank the shower door open, scrambling to grab hold of one of her flailing arms so I can pull her out. Unfortunately, she's seizing and flailing too violently to give me any kind of safe purchase. Cursing loudly, I stand up just enough to shuck my jacket before climbing haphazardly into the shower with her.

I grit my teeth as I feel the water already pooling and sloshing in my expensive shoes while I try to find a good way to wrap my arms around her. There's nothing graceful about this predicament as I lose my footing and slip, falling ass first back against the wall with her halfway in my arms. Still, it seems to work out as I slip down into a seated position while keeping a hold around her chest, my hand managing to catch her arms to hold them down so she doesn't bang them on the walls any more than she already has.

It's a miserable few minutes as her convulsions seem to thin and even out before stopping all-together, leaving me sitting - drenched and grumpy - in the bottom of the shower with her limp body in my arms. I keep reminding myself that I'm the one who insisted she bathe, but it's little consolation as I remind myself of the long walk back to Marnin's. The long walk I'll be making in my dripping, sloshing suit.

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37 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:03 am

The haze of the moppy has started to stretch across my limbs as my eyes open up to my bedding and the cracked plaster of the wall in my apartment, my drugged state leaving me only slightly calmer than normal. My body aches heavily as I twist onto my back, and I'm confused when I hear the irritated rambling of a phone conversation in the room. And water dripping..?


I look over to see Richard standing over my sink, wringing his dress shirt out over the sink while an electric voices buzzes out of the speaker of his phone. Whatever they're saying, I have trouble understanding, but it doesn't go over well with Richard at all. 

"Ah," I groan uncomfortably, unable to offer much more without my collar but wanting it to be known that I'm awake and able to hear whatever it is they're discussing. Just the act of making noise sends my head reeling, though, and I can't help but cry as I cradle it tiredly.

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38 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:13 am

"Just - bring the car," I snap into the phone after glancing at Ljuba distractedly. Hanging up the phone, I frown toward her, more than a little aware of the fact that I'm standing before her - yet again - in little more than my underwear.

"You had a seizure," I say as I drop my shirt in defeat on the edge of the sink before coming over to stand next to her bed. There isn't much conviction in my voice, but I can't help but scold her anyway. "After I expressly told you not to. If it weren't completely outside of your control, I'd be furious, but since it is..."

I sigh heavily as I grab the thermos off of the floor by her bed and take a swig of it before offering it to her. "How're you feeling?"

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39 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:11 pm

"Like a bruise," I say breathily, shoving at the bed to try and sit up as I wave my hand at the thermos. I need to get oriented before I worry with anything else. I can feel the familiar sting of panic as I try to sort out what has happened, but I'm grateful for the lack of tears as I look up at Richard curiously. Why are his clothes wet, and why is he in my apartment still..?

"Why are you... Soaked?" I frown, the blanket draped across me slipping as I manage to sit upright, shock registering as I scramble to pull it back up over my nudity. "We were talking," I say to myself weakly, "And you were leaving- How long has it been..?"

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40 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:23 pm

"Half an hour, forty-five minutes?" I offer with a shrug as I take a seat on the chair again. "You asked me to stay. We went to get you cleaned up, and then you had a seizure in the shower."

I hesitate as I stare at her nudity... her confusion. "I know how this might look," I say slowly. "But I didn't rape you..."

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41 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:32 pm

"Wha-" I shake my head at the his remark, relaxing heavily against the wall as I let my limbs sink against the bed. 

"I didn't think that," I say quietly, "Wait- it's still Fredas?" 

I groan at that as I reach out for the thermos of moppy, adjusting the straw and taking a long drink of it despite it's acrid taste. "Thank you."

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42 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:36 pm

"This happen a lot then?" I ask, a palpable relief washing over me as she takes the drugged tea without suspicion. Marn definitely would not be happy if his new pet came yelling about being drugged and fucked by his brother.

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43 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:40 pm

"Ever since..." I trail off as I gesture at my face, "I have to get more of the stuff from my poth, it's worst when I'm out..."

My words linger for a moment as I look around the room, my head cocking just slightly as I look up at Richard. "Wait, what day is it?"

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44 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:44 pm

"It's Fredas, love," I reply patiently as I glance down at my phone. "And I already have my people stopping at your Poth to fetch your supplies. If you like, I can brew something up for the seizures... and the confusion."

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45 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:54 pm

"I don't have any money," I practically rasp despite the collar's pleasant voice, and I twist in my spot on the bed, pulling the blanket further up my front. "Oh, I still owe Marnin so much," I whine, looking at Richard hopelessly, "Why are you helping me..?"

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46 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:04 pm

"You work for me now," I respond with a cooked eyebrow. "I decide what debts you have, and sooner rather than later, you'll find that you have none because people with debts are people that can be bought. In fact, you'll find that our relationship will put us on quite even footing before long.

"Just call this," I twist my lip a bit as I look for the words. "An investment. You're of no use to me floundering in your filth and struggling to find the next bread crumb."

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47 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:31 pm

I nod slowly, though his answer threatens to leave me more confused than I was. 

Instead of trying to make sense of it, I choose to focus on getting clothes on. Everything in the room, though, is worn and discarded. Laundry's fallen entirely to the wayside in the last few weeks. With my blanket wrapped clumsily around my chest, I crawl off of the bed towards a chest just before the small kitchen area, ignoring Richard entirely as I struggle to force it open. It's full of old and forgotten clothes that I'd gotten either in Reach's End or on my way to Skycrest, and they were a bitter reminder of the journey. Even in two short years, the fine fabric has aged in the piss poor conditions of my apartment building, and several garments have moth or rat-eaten holes scattered throughout. 

I'm still able to find a rather simple dress, and the aged holes around the lower hem are hardly noticeable as I pull it on. Able to abandon the blanket, I shove it back towards the bed so I can hunt for something to wear over it, the collar and dress still leaving me feeling more exposed than I'd like. 

Despite the confusion, I'm starting to feel more like myself as the potent tea starts to settle into my system, and I'm able to pull myself to a standing position once I'll pulled out a hooded sweater to wear out. Twisting to sit on the chest, I straighten out the sweater, quietly wondering to myself where it is we're supposed to be going as I pull the sweater on. 

"You really are the boogeyman," I catch his gaze as I frown, "Aren't you..?"

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48 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:38 pm

"That's what they tell me," I smile indulgently before looking down at my underwear and the undershirt plastered to my skin. "Though, they don't usually tell me when I'm in my skivvies. Then they're usually saying things like, Sir, don't you think you ought to put some pants on? Or, get over here you manly beast. No, that's not true, actually. I'm the only one that calls me a manly beast."

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49 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:43 pm

I laugh quietly as I drop my head, mumbling about strange dreams to myself as I nod. 

"You should get dressed," I finally say, "I don't know what time the restaurants close."

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50 Re: Where Truth Lies on Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:50 pm

"The - the restaurants?" I ask as I glance back at her in confusion. It takes me a moment to realize that she's confused before I sigh and get to my feet. Smiling at her, I touch her arm gently, ushering her over to the mirror where I can hand her a brush. "Love, you still need to do your hair. Why don't you work on that, and I'll take care of the rest?"

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