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321 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:26 pm

"No, I mean... That's great," I shrug, fetching some spoons before busying myself pulling the boiled bags from the water and cutting them open. "Fixing people is why I wanted to be a doctor... But that's not the sort of stuff we get too often. Lots of colds, hangovers, overdoses... 

"To be honest, a lot of what we deal with is either brought on from old age - and in that case we can't do much other than make them comfortable and wait for them to die - or it's self-inflicted. Drug abuse, reckless behavior, suicide attempts. And in those cases, we can fix it, but there's no victory in it because nine times out of them, we're seeing the same patient with the same fucking broken arm three months later because they just don't give a shit."

I inhale sharply as I finish rambling, glancing up towards Marnin a bit apologetically. "Sorry, that really wasn't directed at your situation..."

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322 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:42 pm

"I sort of forgot about my situation for a moment, so it's alright," I shrug, a tiny frown tugging at the corner of my lips as I stare off blindly in her direction. "I can understand how that might be frustrating, though. I've sold many wonderful things only to have clients bring them back to me week in and week out claiming that it broke due to inferior craftsmanship when I know they were reckless with it because they handed a delicate piece of work to a fucking three year old while standing right there in front of me.

"But no, I am careless and reckless with my health and my safety," I admit reluctantly as I fidget with my teacup absently, my thumbs tracing along the rim. "Sometimes I forget I'm not invincible. Back when I used to do this sort of thing more often, I could go weeks without ever taking a hit because I was faster and sharper than the people I fought. But it's been so long... I hit the bag damn near every day, but my reflexes have gotten rusty. I've gotten sensitive to the adrenaline again, too. It used to fuel me, but this last time, it just made me shaky and angry and afraid."

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323 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:45 pm

"Sounds like you need a new hobby," I offer softly, dropping the emptied bags into the trash before grabbing his bowl and bringing it to him.

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324 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:51 pm

"I'll never find a new hobby," I sigh as I rest my cheek against my knuckles, my elbow propped on the edge of the table. "I swore I would pull Richard's network apart before I was even of legal age. But for every pawn I knock over, three more sprout in their place. And in the ten years that I stopped, he's cemented his grip over this city beyond anything I ever thought he could accomplish.

"No," I sigh. "I'll be chipping away at the dragon's back until the day I die, or the day he rolls over in his sleep and crushes me."

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325 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:04 pm

"You're going to get yourself killed," I say plainly, taking my seat as I drop my fork into my own bowl to stir some of the heat out of it.

"But that's your prerogative." I shrug, taking a small bite of my dinner, making a slight face at the taste of it. Might not buy this particular kind again.

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326 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:10 pm

"I'll die someday anyway," I shrug as I sit up to pull my bowl toward me, my nostrils flaring before I've even put my fork in it. "May as well try to leave the world a little better in the process," I trail off absently as I stir my food and sniff at it apprehensively. I can taste the preservatives and the plastic before it's even touched my tongue, though that's not terribly unusual for the type of meal it is. "They were very generous with the spices, weren't they?"

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327 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:16 pm

"You don't have to eat it," I say lamely, taking a bite as I get up to find something to drink now that my tea's gone.

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328 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:19 pm

"I'm a blind bachelor," I laugh as I mix the food more thoroughly in the hopes that it will dilute out some of the spices. "This sort of thing is my life's blood, right here. Even if I do die, the preservatives from all the crappy food I eat will keep me fresh for centuries to come."

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329 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:22 pm

"I can't cook to save my life," I laugh as I pull a bottle of white wine from the fridge, stopping to grab two glasses before sitting back down. "If it weren't for these prepackaged dinners, I'd be living on bakery bread and cold jams.

"Wine?"

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330 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:30 pm

"Mm-mm," I respond quickly, shaking my head. "Best not. I have a bad habit of drinking too much. All or nothing mentality."

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331 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:03 pm

I nod my understanding as I shove his glass off down the bar, setting my own down as I pop the cork out of the bottle. 

"I like a glass here or there with dinner, or while I'm reading before sleep." I say, "It's cheaper than sleeping pills." I add with a laugh.

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332 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:30 pm

"That's the truth, isn't it?" I laugh as I finally take a bite of the food, quickly making a face at the overwhelming blend of spices and preservatives. "Oh," I shake my head before getting to my feet and making my way over to one of the cupboards to help myself to one of the open condiments. It only takes me a moment to sniff at one that seems like it might go well with the meal, my hand going out in offering toward Vienne as I make my way back to the bar.

"Bachelor's panacea?" I offer as I shake the bottle. "Add enough, and even the worst food tastes delicious."

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333 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:19 pm

"You're just being a twat now, it's not that bad." I laugh as I take a drink of wine to wash the taste from my own mouth. "Now, you add that ketchup to it, and it'll be bad."

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334 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:25 pm

"Ketchup and chicken were made for each other," I chide as I add a tiny squeeze to my bowl before stirring it in thoroughly. It's hardly any, but I can already appreciate the difference as I take another bite and nod contently.

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335 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:43 pm

I watch him with amusement before grabbing my bowl and rising so I can drop it near the sink. I think it'll just be wine tonight. 

"Do you have any plans with Ljuba this weekend?" I ask nonchalantly, sinking onto the couch as I look down at my books strewn everywhere.

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336 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:46 pm

"I don't know," I admit with a frown. "We've spent an awful lot of time together recently. I don't want to wear out my welcome, you know?"

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337 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:50 pm

I only nod as I take a swallow of wine and set my glass down on the table, tidying my books absently. 

"I'm off over the weekend for the first time in a couple months. Proper off, too, so I'd planned on going to this place a little off of the tech quarter. I think it's a bar, but it serves food and has people performing on the weekends. You should come." I suggest, trying to keep my tone casual, "Saves me from having to sit in a restaurant full of happy people eating alone."

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338 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:57 pm

"That sounds fun," I nod, smiling widely at the invitation. "Casual bar? Or is it one of those high end places?"

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339 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Tue Dec 27, 2016 12:04 am

"Casual," I nod, stacking the last of the books on the table before curling my legs into the sofa underneath me. "One of the orderlies told me about it, says it's a really comfortable place. Good way to waste an evening."

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340 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Tue Dec 27, 2016 12:08 am

"Then count me in," I smile. "It's been a long while since I went out."

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341 Re: Everyone needs a fucking chill pill. on Tue Dec 27, 2016 12:22 am

"Good," I grin, raising my wine towards him. "It'll be Lorndas evening, we can meet there or here or... Really, wherever's easiest."

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