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326 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:05 am

"Nope," I grin, following his lead as I push off of the couch and follow him towards the sunroom. The mess left behind is for another day. 

"I'll even offer you a wager," I say offhandedly, my hands clasped behind my back as I walk into the sunroom behind him. "But it's a little pervy," I add, my nose scrunching up as I watch him. "In the way most sleepover games are, ya know?"

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327 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:07 am

"Oh?" I ask with a laugh as I glance back in her direction. "Do tell."

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328 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:08 am

"You have to find the Valerian," I say evenly, my cheeks warming as I rest against the door frame.

"But for every wrong plant you pick up, I'm going to sleep in another random piece of clothing." I finish with a broad smile.

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329 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:10 am

"So... if I get it the first time?" I ask with a raised eyebrow.

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330 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:13 am

"I don't think you will," I laugh, but I nod anyway, "But if you do, then yeah. I'll absolutely go to bed in the buff."

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331 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:16 am

"You, uh," I can't help but laugh as I scratch behind my ear absently. "You know I can't see right? Not without, you know... my hands."

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332 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:19 am

I flush deeply as I laugh, shrugging.

"Right, of course. You grab Valerian first go, and you won't have to take my word for it that I kept up my end." I concede.

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333 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:21 am

"Fuck," I breathe with a laugh as I shake my head and move slowly around the room. "You know, if I pick it last you're going to be dying of a heat stroke tonight."

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334 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:27 am

"I'm kind of hoping you get it by a fourth try," I admit as I watch him, "Beyond that, and I might have to start giving hints."

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335 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:31 am

"Oh thank god," I laugh as I work my way over to the herbs, silently telling myself narrow it down, narrow it down. I bite my lip thoughtfully as I linger near one of the plants. God damn it, I can't remember if this is the right one. My fingers reach out to touch one of the plants - a sweetly scented flower that I know starts with a V... but is it the right one?

"Okay, this one," I offer, a note of nervous uncertainty in my voice as I step back to let her see which one I've chosen.

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336 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:34 am

"Ooh," I breathe through my teeth, clicking my tongue softly as I step forward.

"Vervain, but close." I say, taking a seat at the table in the center of the room.

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337 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:40 am

"Vervain! Damn it," I frown as I give the plant a look like it betrayed me. "But that means that that one over there is verbena, and this one is valerian." I can't help the stupid grin that spreads across my lips as I pick one of the flowering stems off to smell it.

"Which leaves only one question!" I smirk as I come over to offer her the flower, its stem spinning between my fingers. "Left sock or right sock?"

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338 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:45 am

"Hmm," I laugh sheepishly, flush burning up my neck and cheeks as I take the flower. "I didn't think you'd get it that fast..."

Taking the flower, I sniff it lightly before standing up, patting it back to his chest before walking over so I can harvest a bit of its root. "But I didn't say you got to pick what it was I wore, so that's going to have to be a surprise."

"Besides, I feel like I saw a big ol' onesie in your closet."

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339 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:50 am

"That would be horribly cruel," I laugh as I come over to feel what she's doing, my hand bumping her arm so she can show me what she's doing.

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340 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:56 am

I look up at him as he joins my side, taking care to uproot the plant gently as I catch his hand in mine to guide his touch.

"The tea's made with the roots," I say as we loosen the soil and start untangling the dampened roots, "But we don't want to kill the plant. Feel here, that big bundle right off the base? That's what supports it, so instead..." I trail off, having him feel his way to the thinner, less intricate sets of roots further from the plant.

"So instead, we'll take these. They won't kill the plant, but it'll take a slight hit. Probably be a week before it perks all the way back up." I say, reaching up to stroke the leaves absently. "It's resilient, though, with the proper love."

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341 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:00 am

"You're very gentle with them," I say softly as I let her guide my hands to removing a few of the roots for the tea.

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342 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:43 am

"They're living things," I remark, being careful as I pluck a small section of roots off. "Just because they can't tell us doesn't mean they don't hurt."

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343 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:24 pm

Without thinking, I lean into her and press a firm but gentle kiss to the edge of her lips - the only part not covered by her mask. It's pure impulse that lingers only long enough for me to draw in a shaky breath, inhaling her scent, before I draw away with a deep flush.

"I, uh," I start before clearing my throat roughly. "I'll just go and start some water for the tea, yeah? And you know, you don't really have to do the thing... with the clothes or... touching."

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344 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:31 pm

My cheeks warm as he stumbles back, knocking into several pots as he goes - stopping to correct each one. My lips have pulled into a pleased smile I can't shake as I turn back to the plant, offering him his dignity as I start gently tucking the plant back into the soil.

"Go start the kettle," I say, "I'll be right in once I'm done."

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345 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:40 pm

I'm relieved and elated when I hit the doorway, a ridiculous grin stretching across my lips the second I've properly turned away from Ljuba. I don't even know what it is that has me tied up in such silly knots when it comes to flirting with her - I was perfectly smooth and put together with Mel and just about every other woman before her. But something about Lju has this little hint of new or taboo... or something. I just can't put my finger on it.

Maybe it's the drugs talking.

But drugs or not, I continue to grin and hum to myself as I get to kettle started for the tea.

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346 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:04 pm

I linger in the sunroom at the table, pinching the root into smaller pieces so they can easily be washed before I hear the faint sound of Marnin humming through the opening between the rooms. I grin slightly as I listen, catching the roots in my hand as I head into the kitchen.

"Is that the song from earlier..?" I ask just before I can make it into the room, grinning broadly at the way he seems to stop at the sound of my voice.

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347 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:08 pm

"No," I say quickly before I've registered what the question is. "Oh... uh, yeah. It's always stuck in my head, I swear.

"Did you ever like to sing?" I ask as I start pulling out cups and saucers before eventually wandering to the fridge for more food to snack on.

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348 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:11 pm

I shake my head as I head to the sink so I can rinse the roots in my hands. 

"No, I can't say I sang much. To Bea every now and then, but I don't think singing to a child even counts. Is there anyone in the world who doesn't?"

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349 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:20 pm

"You know, I could completely strip Richard of any scariness he has by digging out some old records of him doing just that, but then I would be an awful brother," I say with a laugh as I squat down in front of the fridge, digging aimlessly for something that sounds good.

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350 Re: Backslide and New Associates on Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:26 pm

With the roots rinsed, I set them aside on a towel before coming up behind Marnin absently, resting a hand on his shoulder as I lean over him to reach for a partial lemon. 

"Ah, but-" I start, catching the lemon with the tips of my fingers before rolling it towards me so I can grab it, "What about the records of you singing? Those are the ones I'm curious about." I grin down at him, catching the lemon before heading back to the island. 

"Would you like honey in yours? It's a bit bitter."

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