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101 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:45 am

"Isn't it your job, though..?" I ask as I take the doll parts, setting them out in front of me as I try to work out what to do. "To tend to the witches under your charge?"

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102 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:50 am

"Yes, but I usually do that tending in their homes," I say pointedly as I grab a couple of squares and scissors to begin shaping the first of the dolls. "And usually I know them well enough to be able to tell them to suck it the fuck up. Don't worry, though. We'll get there soon enough and you'll be privy to all my loving, guildmasterly affection."

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103 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:53 am

I nod with a slight laugh, my attention on the square of burlap in my hand as I start folding and bunching it into the proper shape. I can feel the burning in my sinus as my eyes grow misty, sniffling roughly as I twist the head into shape and gently flare the bottom into the shape of a skirt before a cry slips through me. 

"I'm fine," I say before he can react, though I can feel his eyes on me as I stare down at the doll coming together in my hand, "I'm fine."

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104 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:55 am

"Why the hell are you crying now?!" I ask in exasperation as I stare between her and the doll with wide eyes.

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105 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:01 am

"Fuck, should I know?" I say breathily, shrugging as I glance up at him before wiping at my eyes. "Doesn't matter, I'm not myself today..." 

Sighing, I tie off the doll's head before I grab a few bits to set as it's arms, pausing to take a drink of my tea. "Honestly, I might bother you for a bed for no other reason than I'm not entirely sure I'd make the walk home." I add after a moment, focusing on centering the arms before using another strip of twine to tie it off and set it towards him so I can start on another. 

"Sometimes when I feel like this, I get confused-" I frown, "Turned around or... No telling where I'd end up, what mess I'd fall into."

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106 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:13 am

"Ugh, God," I grumble as I pick up her doll to adjust it so it can accept stuffing for later. "You're definitely not going anywhere tonight. I'm not fishing any dead witches out of the gutter this week."

I shake my head to myself as I work silently for a moment, the sound of Ljuba's sniffles punctuating the silence as I sew together one of the male dolls.

"Keep a hole open on those," I say after glancing at what she's doing, her progress having long since stalled as she fidgets with one of the ones she's finished. "They're hoodoo dolls, not children's dolls. I need to be able to stuff them later."

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107 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:23 pm

"Right, of course," I nod, reaching up to wipe a hand under my nose before I start picking at some of the loose seams to leave the hole he'd requested. 

"Do I even care why we're making hoodoo dolls?"

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108 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:29 pm

"Nope," I respond simply before raising an eyebrow at her. "Unless you have a talent for it?"

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109 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:35 pm

"No, I can't say I do." I respond, dropping the doll to get started on another one. The smell of dinner cooking just off to our sides combined with the task at hand is a welcome distraction from my own pitiful state, my hand going out to grab my mug shakily as I take another long drink, nearly finishing it. 

"I pretty much dealt entirely in dream drops with Kumarin's men," I say after a moment, plucking away at the doll, "Occasionally contact magic was involved, but not too often. Too unstable, unpredictable. They had lesser witches fuss with the hoodoo dolls."

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110 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:38 pm

"You know, even Weavers get genital herpes," I warn as I shake a doll toward her.

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111 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:43 pm

I can't help the amused grin as I look up at him, laughing as I nod. 

"Something you need to tell me about that, then?" I respond with a hint of teasing.

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112 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:53 pm

"Pfft, too late now, you're fucked," I scoff as I cut off an extra bit of thread and toss my last doll aside before getting up to grab a lockbox. "All you can do now is continue to let it happen. And maybe get some cream."

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113 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:55 pm

I laugh again as I sew most of the edges of the doll, glancing up at him absently. 

"We've got awhile before that's cooked, hmm?" I ask as he heads off, though I'm not sure to do what.

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114 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 2:07 pm

"Eh, maybe an hour or so?" I respond as I return with the box. After taking a seat, I unlock the box, and set to work separating the ingredients for the dolls - bits of blood, hair, and other unpleasant things making up each pile.



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115 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 2:26 pm

"One of those isn't for me, is it?" I ask half-jokingly, shifting in my seat until I'm able to curl my legs up underneath me.

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116 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 2:34 pm

"I don't use the dolls on other witches," I admit as I get up again to gather a few herbs. "Professional courtesy - I prefer to give them a chance to fight back. And in most instances, the doll just winds up ineffectual and alerts them to the fact that somebody has it out for them.

"No, the dolls are for the techs and the other non-magical classes," I say as I return to the table to start winding the ingredients to the herbs that will fill the dolls.

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117 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 2:39 pm

"Is there one for our friend Dick in there?" I ask lamely, holding my tea in my lap as I watch him work. "Joking, of course. I would never wish harm on a guild leader."

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118 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 2:42 pm

"Richard would know if I was trying to kill him anyway," I scoff as I stuff the first doll, my fingers already burning with the potent mixture of poisonous herbs sinking into my pores. "Believe me, I've tried. Fucking bastard had a really good witch protecting him... and now I'm protecting him, so I feel like it might be distasteful to try again."

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119 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 2:47 pm

"Does that mean you'd stop me should I try?" I follow up, raising my lone eyebrow at him as I glance down to watch his work curiously. "Because I'm not sure I can promise I won't at some point."

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120 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 2:51 pm

"Depends on the circumstances and how fond of him I'm feeling at that particular time," I respond seriously as I look her over speculatively. "Say, if you tried today? Then yes, I would - and you would not like the way I did. But if you tried on a day he's being a pain in my ass, I might at least let you get a scratch in, just for shits and giggles."

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121 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:07 pm

"Have you talked to him since yesterday..?" I ask after a moment, any prior kidding absent from my tone as I look down at my tea. "Is he okay..?"

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122 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:18 pm

"He's still in a mood, but I managed to smooth things over," I say absently, a faint frown on my lips as I sew the head of the doll shut with careful fingers. "I can't say for how long, though. Technically, he's no longer angry at Richard, but... well, we'll see, won't we?"

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123 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:26 pm

"So he doesn't want my head on a pike for drawing a knife on him..?" I ask hesitantly.

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124 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:34 pm

"Ljuba, I draw a knife on him at least once a month just to flirt with him," I respond dryly before shaking my head. "He doesn't respond to things like that the way you or I might. As far as he knows, he got his way, and that's all that matters.

"But..." I frown as I glance at her from the corner of my eye. "Let's maybe keep your little fight with Marnin between you and I?"

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125 Re: These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends on Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:37 pm

Frowning, I finish what's left of my tea and set the mug on the table. 

"Richard's a twat, but he's not stupid. Don't you think he'll figure out something's up when Marnin doesn't want anything to do with me?"

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