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276Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Tue Dec 06, 2016 4:28 pm

Nodding, I grab the carton of eggs and the bowl of fruit before turning to place it all on the island, the fridge shutting behind me as I start gathering whatever I might need to make the eggs.

"You sure you want coffee?" I ask after a moment, glancing up at him as I pull down a cutting board for the small handful of vegetables I'd grabbed to accompany breakfast. "I know you're bound to have some lavender or chamomile out in your mess of plants, I could fix you a tea? It'd help calm your nerves."

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277Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:27 pm

"That could work," I agree with a nod, my hand dragging down my face tiredly. My scruff is starting to get out of hand... "I kind of don't feel well, honestly," I sigh as I meander toward the keeping room. "Do you mind..?"

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278Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:03 pm

Frowning as I look over at him, I nod and wipe my hands on a dishtowel before stepping towards him. 

"C'mon, sit here at the bar, I'll make you some tea." I offer, guiding him towards the bar before he can wander out of sight.

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279Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:06 pm

"Mm, but I wanna lay down," I whine as my feet drag behind me, reluctantly allowing her to guide me to the bar. "Lie down? I can never remember which one is right."

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280Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:08 pm

"This isn't even my first language," I respond with a bit of teasing, "How should I know?" I smile, squeezing his shoulder as he takes his seat and move to check that the kettle has enough water for us both. 

"Besides, I thought you weren't tired?"

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281Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:13 pm

"I'm not, I'm just nauseous," I respond evasively, trying to keep the nervous tick of my hand tapping absently under wraps.

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282Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:22 pm

I pause as I glance back at him, the peculiar tone of his voice drawing concern from me before realization dawns as I look over at him.

"So..." I frown softly, turning to rest my hands on the island as I play with the sleeves of my robe, "What's in the other room..?"

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283Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:33 pm

I can feel the expression on my face stiffen a little as I try to keep the frown from my lips, my gaze fixed into the distance. "A couch," I respond dryly, my mouth feeling dry as I swallow the acidic taste burning at the back of my throat.

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284Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:39 pm

"Then, go lay down." I say as innocently as I can, pulling down mugs before I head towards the edge of the kitchen to linger near the sunroom. "I'll bring you your tea when it's ready, okay? I'll even add a little something for your stomach."

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285Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:52 pm

My jaw clicks as I grind my teeth silently for a moment, the squeal of the chair when I finally get up punctuating the silence. I've gotten to my feet more because I couldn't stand sitting still for another moment than because I had actually made up my mind about going to the keeping room. Still, that's where my feet take me, the springs in the couch groaning in protest as I drop myself roughly in the unkempt bedding Lavellan had left behind.

There's something childish about the way I curl up tightly inside the sheets, the linens wrapping tightly around my face as I cocoon myself inside the bedding. I lie there motionless for a long moment, lost in thought, before my hand disappears under the cushion to pull out the vial of oil I had tucked there. The script on the tiny apothecary jar stands up, spelling out a single word in neat handwriting: focus.

I lie there for the longest time, my thumb tracing over each letter thoughtfully. Finally, I let out a tired sigh and reach over to place it gently on the coffee table. Once it's out of my hands, it's much easier to forget about it as I bury myself in the sheet again, focusing instead on painting the story of Lavellan's night as I try to dissect his scent. Other than the sickly sweat of someone fighting off an acute toxin, all I'm able to discern is that he had a shower before sleeping. Sigh.

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286Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:04 am

It's been nearly half an hour before I'm done making breakfast and the tea's finished, and I busy myself setting everything up on a tray before heading into the keeping room. I try not to notice the small vial on the table in front of Marnin as I walk up to set the tray down, pointedly ignoring it as I adjust the tray on the table.

"Breakfast is served," I say cheerfully, sitting near his feet as I glance back at him. "You feeling any better..?"

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287Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:28 am

"Nng-no," I mumble blearily as her voice stirs me from a shallow sleep. My lips and tongue feel stuck together as I struggle to untangle myself from the sheet so I can sit up.

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288Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:34 am

I frown as I watch him twist upright stiffly, reaching forward to grab his cup of tea so I can hand it to him once he's proper.

"Well, let's eat a little something and see if it don't help, okay?" I say softly, offering him the tea after a moment before grabbing his plate to follow suit. "Then we can laze about all day. Listen to music, or the telly?"

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289Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:53 am

My lips smack together tiredly as I take the cup, still half-heartedly trying to kick the sheet off of myself as I take an unsteady sip. "Mmm," I hum gratefully, taking a larger sip before allowing Ljuba to hand me my plate. "How are you feeling?"

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290Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:57 am

"Better, now." I concede, reaching forward to grab my own plate. "I won't lie, I took a swig of my stuff from the vial in the bottom of that basket in there. It's sort of like the tea but concentrated down. Helps for funky mornings."

I settle in at his side, getting to work pinching my bread off into little bite-sized pieces before I start cutting up my eggs to mix it all together.

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291Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:03 am

"Hmm," I respond, a wistful little huff of air escaping me as I rest with the teacup against my lips for a moment. Just the smell of it seems to help calm my sour stomach. It's very fragrant... flowery. "I didn't take any," I finally say after a long moment, my cup clattering in the saucer as I set it down so I can start cutting up my food. "I wanted to, but I didn't... I just thought you should know."

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292Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:09 am

"It'd be okay if you did," I respond softly, never looking up from my plate as I set aside little pre-portioned bites. 

"What you're doing, it's-" I sigh, setting my utensils down to grab my tea absently, "It's not easy, and I'm not here to make you feel bad for it."

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293Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:13 am

"Thank you," I say quietly, a tension I hadn't realized was there easing out of my joints as I sigh. "It always seems harder when someone is here - especially if Richard sent them. It feels like they're just waiting around, watching for me to fuck up."

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294Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:16 am

I can't help but laugh softly, "Trust me, I'm sure Richard wishes he'd sent someone, but..." I shrug, taking a bite as I glance over at him.

"You don't have to worry about that. I'm not here to spy on you, or answer to him. I just like your company."

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295Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:19 am

"You have no idea how much better that makes me feel hearing you say that," I admit with a relieved laugh.

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296Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:25 am

I smile as I take another bite, bumping his shoulder with mine a bit playfully. 

"So, eat." I say, "The sooner you feel better the sooner we can stop moping about and you can start planning me that dinner. You agreed to it, remember? I don't care if you were high, it counts. I'm holding you to it."

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297Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:28 am

"Yes, ma'am," I laugh as I take a bite of eggs slathered on the corner of my toast.

"So have you had a chance to get out and try your collar out with work?" I ask after a few bites, the food making me feel better almost instantly.

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298Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:44 am

"I went once," I confess, setting my knife aside once my food is quartered up. "Still just the little kiddies who come out to buy things, though.

"I did get spit on," I add with a nod, "Some bloke on the walk home, called me something. I don't remember what it was, though. Nothing nice."

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299Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:47 am

"Because of the collar?" I ask in shock.

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300Backslide and New Associates - Page 12 Empty Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:53 am

"The last collar got me spit on, too," I add quickly, "So I can't say for sure, perhaps it's just something about my clothes that gives off the appearance of needing saliva.

"It's like we've talked about before, mixing magic and tech doesn't always go over too well."

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