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126 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:03 am

I frown in response, making my way up to the house as my hips shift uncomfortably with the mess left from earlier. Definitely going to have to deal with that. We reach the door, and I knock sharply before trying the handle to find it unlocked. Perfect. 

Stepping in, Lavellan just behind me, I step into the large foyer and glance up towards the stairs as who I can only assume is Richard's nurse hits the railings above us. 

"Is he alright?" I call up, turning in my spot to face her as she nods softly. 

"He's still sleeping, but his vitals are steady." She says, earning a soft sigh from me. 

"Stay with him, will you?" I say, heading instead towards the kitchen as she returns towards Marnin's room.

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127 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:05 am

"What are you doing?" I ask as I pause outside the door to finish off my cigarette before flicking it off of the porch and coming in to follow Ljuba to the kitchen.

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128 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:13 am

"Covering my ass." I respond simply, making my way into the kitchen as I grab a pot to put on the stove and start hunting for a jar of broth.

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129 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:15 am

"I'm sorry..?" I ask, raising an eyebrow in confusion as I watch her move around the kitchen. "It looks like you're cooking?"

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130 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:16 am

"Good, then I'm doing it right." I say with a shrug, my arms full of broth and several other jarred ingredients as I return to the pot on the stove. 

I make quick work of emptying each jar into the pot, leaning over it to look into it's contents curiously as I sniff it. Not strong enough. 

"Cupboard behind you, will you grab the thyme and rosemary?"

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131 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:20 am

I frown slightly as I do as she asks, realization not dawning on me until she starts shaking the potent herbs into the pan.

"You're covering the smell of our sex," I say with an impressed grin.

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132 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:21 am

"Sort of," I smirk, cutting the heat up to let the pot reach a good simmer before I start putting away all the jars I'd pulled out.

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133 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:23 am

"Elaborate," I say, the word coming out as a sharp order as the tease of excitement gets the better of my patience. "Please?" I add, trying to soften my eagerness as I come over to sit at the island.

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134 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:25 am

"No," I say simply, putting away the last of the ingredients as I look at him with a smile. I make my way back to the pot, stirring it as I cut the heat up. 

"The less you know, the better."

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135 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:28 am

"I feel as though we've already established what happens when I know less than I'd like," I complain as a heavy groan resonates inside my chest. "Tease."

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136 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:30 am

"Deal with it," I shrug, content with the warmth of the quick soup as I move to get a bowl from a cupboard behind me.

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137 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:33 am

"Hmmph," I respond gruffly, my nails scratching through my beard as I watch her quietly. "Detox?"

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138 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:37 am

"Nope," I reply in a sing song tone, ladling out a decent portion of soup before cutting the heat to a more appropriate temperate and placing a lid on the pot. 

"What's the nurse's name, do you know?" I ask, grabbing a dish towel and spoon as I head back towards the foyer.

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139 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:38 am

"Luisa," I respond as I follow her into the foyer and up the stairs. "Why..?"

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140 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:41 am

"Luisa?" I call up the stairs, ignoring Lavellan's questioning as I start up the stairs. She responds quickly enough, stepping out onto the balcony with a confused look as I hold the bowl up towards her. 

"I made some soup for Mar-" I start, my toe catching a step as I stumble a bit and the soup spills back towards me. Cursing, I step back into Lavellan, twisting enough to let the soup splash back on him as I look up at him with wide eyes. 

"Oh, shit." I frown, turning to Luisa with a disappointed frown. "There's more on the stove... But-"  I sigh, "You think you could show me to a bathroom? And maybe find something clean for me to wear..?"

She smiles in response, nodding as she turns towards the guest rooms as I glance back at Lavellan. 

"I'm such a clutz. Go get a towel, would you?"

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141 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:50 am

"You slippery little skank," I hiss under my breath, any annoyance I may have belied by the amused grin hiding under my glare as I step back to flick the soup dripping from my hands.

"I knew there was a reason I liked you," I whisper as I brush past her to go fetch a towel.

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142 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:53 am

Rolling my eyes, I drop to my knees at the foot of the stairs, using the dish towel I'd grabbed earlier to start cleaning up the mess. I've gotten most of the solids up when Lavellan returns, Luisa also hitting the top of the stairs with a pile of clothes in her arms. 

"There's a shower in the guest room going," She says, starting down as I wave up to her. 

"Ah, don't come down, you'll slip," I laugh softly, handing the dirtied towel to Lavellan as I take the clean one and finish cleaning up. "If you leave those clothes up there, I'll grab them. You can go back to Marn, he shouldn't be alone."

Luisa nods as she sets the clothes at the top of the stairs, dismissing herself back to the master bedroom as I pile the second towel into the bowl and stand. 

"Think you can get someone to go to my apartment and grab some of my medicine?" I say offhandedly, walking past him back to the kitchen.

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143 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:00 am

"I'll fetch it myself when I go back to look after Richard tonight," I respond as I pull the phone from my pocket to check in on Jonathan's updates. "Unless you need it soon?"

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144 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:02 am

"No, just before this evening." I say, dropping the mess into the sink before stepping back towards the foyer. 

"I'm going to stay here over the night in case Marnin wakes up, and as much as I think it'd cheer him up, I'd like to avoid the headaches and seizures if I can. Think you could grab some clothes, too? I think Luisa grabbed some of Marnin's, and he's sort of a big bloke. Can't imagine they'll fit too proper."

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145 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:09 am

"Yes, I'll see that you have a bag of your own things," I respond distractedly as I type out a quick response on my phone and then tuck it back in my pocket with a sigh.

"You should go get cleaned up," I nod as I pause at the sink to try to get most of the soup off of my own front. "I think I may have made a mistake leaving Richard with... well, with one of his toys... I'll fetch your things, and then I need to go do damage control before he does something stupid."

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146 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:12 am

"Just keep him away from here for awhile," I say, stopping for the first time as I turn to face Lavellan. 

"Let Marnin level out a bit, you know? I'll keep an eye on things here. I don't have that stupid cell he gave me, but if he needs something, you should come. I'm not entirely sure I want to face him again just yet."

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147 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:18 am

"Don't worry," I smile faintly as I nod my understanding. "I know how to handle Richard. He'll be too afraid to come for at least a day or two. I'll see that you have a way to communicate with me, though. If I can give him periodic updates to put his mind at ease, he'll be less likely to come up and check on him.

"If you can," I start, frowning hesitantly. "Try to convince Marnin to throw out whatever he has left?"

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148 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:20 am

"I'll try," I nod, frowning slightly as I cross my arms across my soup-stained front. "I'm going to go shower, though.

"You should, too." I add, heading out of the kitchen as I point towards the stains on his own clothes. "You've got soup on you."

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149 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:23 am

"Is that an invitation?" I ask with a cheeky smirk.

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150 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:24 am

"No, not here. That's an awful idea." I say starkly, laughing softly as I head for the stairs. 

"I'll see you when you bring my stuff back," I add, glancing back at him. "Or I won't. Either way, I'll see you. Eventually. Bye now."

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