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26 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:08 pm

"They'll heal," I say seriously, offering her the ice pack for my hand. "They always do... if it makes you feel better, I can show you how to wrap them and you can help me with that?"

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27 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:10 pm

"No," I respond roughly, "That doesn't-" 

Sighing heavily, I take the pack and settle onto the ground in front of him. "What do you have to worry about a bar fight for?"

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28 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:13 pm

"My worst injuries are self-inflicted, Lju," I point out quietly, any further description of the fight hanging in the air for her to work out on her own. "Needless to say, I think they might be looking for me at the hospitals."

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29 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:18 pm

"Fuck, Marnin," I sigh, tucking the ice pack against his hands before shifting to stand back up. 

"I don't have all the fancy shit you do, but I'm making something for those wounds." I say firmly, eager to fall back into our roles from a week prior than linger on yesterday's anxieties any further.

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30 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:22 pm

"Is it topical?" I ask quickly, the idea of anything else turning my stomach.

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31 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:23 pm

"It's a spread, yeah," I nod as I head towards the meager kitchen set up, opening the lone cupboard of herbs as I begin digging through them. 

"Help with swelling, keep out infection, and probably sting a bit til it goes numb." I list off the effects, glancing towards him, "Unless you want something else..?"

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32 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:26 pm

"No," I say quickly, shaking my head as I flex my injured hands. "I like the pain. And I'm clean. Let's keep it that way."

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33 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:27 pm

"No withdrawal symptoms..?" I ask hesitantly, looking back at him. Sweats, shakes, glassy eyes, who'd know with the look of him. 

"Is that why you did it? Got sick of hitting the bag?"

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34 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:36 pm

I don't offer a response as I move the ice pack from spot to spot, fidgeting restlessly. I don't know what to say about dropping one drug habit only to fall off another kind of wagon. And I'm so jittery right now, I couldn't say one way or the other if it's the lingering drugs in my system or the adrenaline of the fighting.

So instead I say nothing at all, my gaze fixing on a spot on the floor instead as I wait for her to return with the salve.

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35 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:40 pm

The silence is far from a comfortable one as I work in the kitchen, his pointed decision not to answer my question only leaving me feeling at edge as I finish up the salve. Once it's done, I come back to sit on my knees in front of him, removing the ice pack so I can set to work gently spreading it across his knuckles. 

"It needs to be worked into the upper hand," I say softly, my thumbs brushing over the swollen flesh of the back of his hand to let him know what I mean, "Would you like to do it yourself or have me..? It's going to hurt."

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36 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:44 pm

"You can do it," I say quietly, already wincing at the gentle touch. There's something grounding about this kind of pain, though, and I find myself relaxing into it as I sigh at the attention. "You really don't have to do this, you know."

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37 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:46 pm

"No one told me I did." I shrug as I try to keep my touch as soft as I can as I work the salve into the worn skin.

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38 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:54 pm

I wince a bit under her touch, my muscles tensing as I try not to pull my hand from her. Instead, I lean forward a bit, my forehead coming to rest against hers as I close my eyes and sigh contently.

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39 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:59 pm

I tense under the extra weight as I move from one hand to the other, working carefully but quickly before reaching up to catch his jaw with the clean backs of my own hands. 

"I can put some on your face, if you like?" I offer, pouting at the state of it. "You don't even look like you."

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40 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:02 pm

I nod my consent, unconsciously nuzzling into her touch as she begins working on my bruised cheeks.

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41 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:03 pm

"You'll be the swamp thing before I'm through with you," I tease lightly - anything to kill the silence - as I work the bruised and bloodied silhouette of his cheekbone. 

"And I should probably tell you, there's no proper shower here. So if you require more than the sink, you'll need my key to get into the communal down the hall."

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42 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:07 pm

"I'm okay," I respond tiredly, offering a small smile at her teasing. "I cleaned up at home before coming over. Now I'm just kind of tired."

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43 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:08 pm

"Are you thirsty..?" I ask as I cup his cheek in my hand tenderly before stepping away from him to wash the salve from my own skin, "I can make you some tea. Proper tea, not my stuff... It's been brought to my attention I might be too familiar with my own supply."

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44 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:11 pm

"Oh?" I make a face at that before nodding as she glances back at me. "Tea would be lovely, thank you."

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45 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:32 pm

"I don't have all the herbs like at your house, so is black fine?" I ask as I pull down the tin of tea and shake it before turning to set up the kettle.

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46 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:46 pm

"Sure, sure," I nod absently, my fingers tracing over my knuckles as I frown at the numbness spreading through them.

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47 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:00 pm

"I was going to tell you about my past," I say quietly, adjusting the kettle on the unsteady stove coil before grabbing some tarnished tea balls and coming to sit on the edge of the bed opposite him so I can start preparing them.

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48 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:04 pm

"You don't have to," I frown hesitantly. "I mean, I'd like it if you want to... but you don't have to. "

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49 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:35 pm

"I mean-" I sigh, "I was going to tell you what I did, why I did it." 

Closing off one of the tea balls, I hand it off to him before starting on my own. "I just didn't think it'd be a good getting-to-know-each-other topic, you know..? I liked that you didn't think bad about me like that..."

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50 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:53 am

"Lju-," I start hesitantly, a heavy sigh coming in place of my words as I tinker with the tea ball absently. "I don't want to just know the good parts of you. People aren't just made up of good parts. People like that are fictional, and I don't want fiction.

"If we were just meeting, it might be different. But as it is right now... I like you enough that I would try to understand your skeletons, not just dismiss the whole mess as an affront to what I believe.

"I have my own demons," I admit with a frown. "Worse even than the disaster you've already witnessed. I'm not perfect. And I don't want to be with somebody else who is."

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