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251 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:06 pm

"If you want," I shrug as I busy myself slicing the lemon.

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252 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:15 pm

"I maybe sort of lied about why I sought you out," I admit with a sigh. "I don't really have a lot of people that I can talk to, and you were - well, very honest in what little interaction we had. People are always so quick to coddle me and walk on eggshells when they're around me, it was sort of refreshing having a real conversation with someone."

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253 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:18 pm

Sighing, I drop a chunk of lemon into my mug before moving to wash my hands.

"Okay," I nod, drying my hands. "What's on your mind?"

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254 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:29 pm

"I don't know," I frown as I fidget with my cane absently. "I mean, for one thing... I just found out that someone I might care about isn't who I thought they were. Not that I really knew her much to begin with, but... I don't know, I just found out she's done some things. Bad things. The sort of stuff that stands against everything I believe in - the sort of stuff I'd get my skull bashed in trying to fight against.

"She says she's stopped, but..." I sigh heavily as I scratch at my cheek. "I get this feeling that she likes it, that she didn't stop because she wanted to."

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255 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:42 pm

I find myself standing motionless by the kettle, frowning down at it as I wait for the trickles of steam to set off the whistle as I look up at him. 

"Well," I say softly, "At the risk of sounding cruel, I'm going to say it's not too much of a leap to assume this woman doing bad things is the one missing part of her face?"

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256 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:44 pm

"Ljuba," I nod, frowning a bit at the comment.

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257 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:49 pm

"Okay, Ljuba, then." I sigh, "I don't really want the details right now, because to be honest with you, Matt, the less I know about some things the better. 

"That being said, are her past crimes enough to justify scrubbing her from your life?" I ask genuinely, grabbing the kettle up once it begins it's whistle and coming to stand across from Marnin as I pour the steaming water into his mug. "Don't answer impulsively, really think about it. Think about what it'd be like if you knew her next year, or in five years, ten years. Would you be happy to know her still? Or would you regret not pushing her away when you had the chance?"

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258 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:59 pm

"It depends," I frown after a moment of thought. "If she's really stopped, then yes, I would be happy to know her. But if she's still doing it..." I shake my head, an uncomfortable knot forming in my throat. "I don't know if I could. Just having her with me these past few days has been uncomfortable. And she keeps sneaking off to talk to... someone... a bad someone. Someone I know would love to pull her back into that lifestyle.

"But I can't fault her for that," I scowl. "It's my fault she even met these people. If she'd never met me, she might have stayed on the straight and narrow, so... I don't know, I feel responsible for this whole mess."

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259 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:02 pm

"You can't be at fault for everything in the world," I say earnestly, pouring my own mug of water before setting the kettle back near the cooktop. "If you've enough free will to blame yourself for getting into a fight that gave you a concussion that put you on drugs, then it can't also be your fault that this Ljuba met you, met other people through you, and is making her own bad decisions. 

"She's an adult, who makes her own choices. So yes, you absolutely can fault her for it if she's doing things she shouldn't."

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260 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:12 pm

"Yeah," I mumble a little dejectedly before my lips are tugged into a sharp frown, my tone becoming more firm. "Yeah. Richard's a fucking lunatic, but Lav- the other guy... he doesn't want anything to do with people who don't want to work with him. If she's working with him, it's because she wants to."

That epiphany leaves me feeling better for only a moment before it sinks in, my shoulders sagging significantly as I let out a soft, "Oh."

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261 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:23 pm

"Do you know she's doing something awful?" I ask, "Because if you know John half as well as I do, you know he's quite fond of that saying about assuming."

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262 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:24 pm

"No, but why else would she be hanging around with him?" I ask with a frown. "He's not exactly Mr. Friendly."

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263 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:30 pm

"I d'know," I shrug, "You're here, aren't you?"

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264 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:39 pm

"Yeah, but you're a doctor and he's... not," I respond heavily. "I've never been able to find the evidence, but I'm positive the man uses his magic to kill people. And after meeting him, Ljuba went from absolutely not wanting me to instill magic into her collar to not so subtly asking me to rig it so she could use magic again."

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265 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:42 pm

"You going to do it?" I ask as I squeeze my lemon into my tea, dropping the teabag in and pulling a chair from around the bar to sit across from Marnin.

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266 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:50 pm

"I don't know," I frown uneasily as I pull my mug toward me so I can dunk the teabag in it. "I want to? I mean, I feel like I owe her the benefit of the doubt, and she's a witch, you know? What is a witch without her magic? And she talked about making this thing that will let me see my garden... I'd kind of like that."

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267 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:56 pm

"It's only been a few days since your head injury," I say sympathetically, "And as a doctor, I'm going to advise you to take it easy. Especially with the decision making.

"Things that can normally work themselves out simply can seem like insurmountable issues when your brain's trying to work itself out," I say, swirling my mug slightly to stir it before I take a slow sip.

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268 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:00 pm

"Yeah, I guess," I sigh as I bring my cup to my lips to blow at the steam rising across the top. Before I can take a tentative sip, my head cocks to the side with a frown as I hear a light knock at the door. "Were you expecting someone?" I ask hesitantly.

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269 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:09 pm

"Fuck," I hiss as I set my mug down, sliding out of my stool. "Stay here, I'll tell 'em to leave." I say firmly, darting around him and towards the door. 

He's early. Of course, of all days, he shows up early when I have a patient sitting at my kitchen bar. I practically wince when I open the door to see Bernard standing just outside, a smug sort of grin on his face as he leans in. 

"I've got some peculiar swelling, Doctor, I think I need you to take a look," He purrs in his most seductive tone. 

"No." I say sharply, glancing back towards the kitchen before shaking my head at the escort outside. "No, not tonight. I've got a patient here, and this can't happen, so you need to leave.

"Bu-" Bernard frowns, his posture stretching up a bit as he tries to look past me, my arm coming out to push at him as I shake my head again. 

"It's canceled, no. I'll call tomorrow to reschedule it, just not tonight." I urge, Bernard looking at me in exasperation. 

"The whole night's been cleared for this, now what am I s'posed to do, huh?" He asks, earning an annoyed look from me. 

"You're a snake." I grumble, tugging a bag down from the rack just inside my door to rifle through for the small envelope of notes. "Here, for the inconvenience. Just go away." I add sharply, not waiting for a response as I shut the door in his face.

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270 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:15 pm

There's a hand over my mouth as Vienne comes back to the bar, the warmth from her skin not exactly subtle as she avoids looking at me. Still, I can't help the muffled snicker that escapes from between my fingers.

"Really?" I ask, unable to contain my amusement as I bring my mug to my lips again with a cocked eyebrow. "'I've got some peculiar swelling...?' That's what does it for you, doctor?"

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271 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:17 pm

"I don't pay him to be smart," I grumble, Marnin's amusement all I need to hear in order to know Bernard's visit didn't go even slightly unnoticed.

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272 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:22 pm

"Hey, I'd be lying if I said I've never done it," I admit with a shrug as I put my mug back down on the bar. I frown a bit as I notice the sound of the mug on the bar for the first time, my hand going to feel across the surface curiously. It's wood.

"So no boyfriend, then?" I ask as I turn my attention back to Vienne.

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273 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:25 pm

"None that don't expect cash on the dresser the next morning." I remark a bit roughly, my skin still burning at the embarrassing nature of what had just happened.

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274 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:30 pm

"There's nothing wrong with that," I comment lightly.

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275 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:37 pm

"I know," I say quickly, running a hand through my hair as i return to my seat at the bar. "I'd prefer you not know that I have escorts, though. It's not something I like to advertise."

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