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176Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:36 pm

"It's going to be difficult, getting you back into practice out here," I sigh heavily as I reach over to brush the hair from her face, my fingers lingering on her scarred cheek for a moment. "Perhaps..." I start hesitantly, my lips pressing together thoughtfully before I finish the thought. "We might try practicing on me. Just little things, to help you shake off the rust a bit."

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177Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:43 pm

My eyes close against his touch as I inhale deeply, nuzzling just slightly before glancing back towards him. 

"You want me to weave something for you..?" I ask, only vaguely teasing.

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178Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:47 pm

"Or whatever," I shrug, offering a half-cocked smile as I withdraw my hand to tuck it back inside my blanket. "I'll be honest, I've always been curious about the machinations of your craft. This way, I can sate my curiosity, and you can flex those poor, unused magical muscles."

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179Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:54 pm

"Poor and unused?" I scoff as I turn to my side to look at him, "Are you bating me?"

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180Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:58 pm

"Withering, scrawny, unused muscles," I reply with a cheeky grin.

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181Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:04 am

"I'm not that easy," I retort, sinking back onto the bed as I curl under the coat indignantly, a chill coming over me as I shiver. "You want it, you gotta ask for it."

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182Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:06 am

"I don't, actually," I reply honestly. "But you do need to practice - just in case. And I don't have the resources to offer up someone like Harvey out here. Out here I'm nobody; I have myself and nothing else to offer you."

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183Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:14 am

Frowning sharply, I never let my gaze pull from the ceiling as I sigh. 

"It's intrusive, it's... Invasive-" I say, "You won't get to decide what I do or don't see, or change." I explain quietly, glancing towards him. "I could change something inadvertently - then I'd be fucked, out here alone... No, I don't like it."

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184Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:22 am

"My mind isn't like other people's," I say after a moment of silence, my expression growing blank as I stare at her intently. "You saw pieces of Fergus's memories... but you don't know what he was trying to do. What countless others like him tried to do. It might be invasive and intrusive, but I guarantee you - it won't be so easy to change what I don't want changed."

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185Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:28 am

I can't explain the sensation that wraps around my chest and aches as I look back at him, shaking my head almost imperceptibly as I swallow past the threat of emotion. 

"You're all I've left," I say quietly, painfully aware of the tears betraying my composure, "I won't risk you."

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186Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:36 am

It's purely reflexive the way my face remains flat and emotionless as I continue to stare at her while my insides knot with anxiety and a tangle of other emotions I can't identify. I can tell she's waiting for something - acknowledgment, a response, something. So I nod, swallowing hollowly as I roll onto my back and tear my gaze away from her to stare at the ceiling instead.

"We'll find someone else for you to practice on," I offer blandly, my fingers wringing themselves absently as I tuck an arm under my head. "Maybe a Guardian... a challenge."

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187Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:40 am

I can't quite describe the feeling that comes over me at his dismissive response, however Lavellan it may be. Mimicking his movements, I shift more comfortably onto my back and curl my arms under the coat over me, nodding at his suggestion. 

"Sounds good." I say simply, my hands playing absently with the objects long stashed in the pockets of the coat.

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188Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:01 am

I'm grateful for the silence that stretches out between us, my hand eventually poking out from under the blanket to gesture toward the stereo as I hear the quiet hum of a familiar song whispering from the speakers. With the volume turned up enough to hear it, I roll onto my side, my back facing Ljuba as I curl up inside the blanket, sleep quickly taking me despite the fidgeting presence behind me.

I sleep so hard and so deep that I nearly sleep through the first alarm despite it ringing beside my head. Even when I do wake up and silence it, my eyes barely want to open as I fumble around for my bag, haphazardly applying another coat of the salve to my hands and arms before shoving the jar away from me and flopping over to go back to sleep.

When the second alarm goes off, I'm much more willing to open my eyes, though I only do so to stare vacantly at the door of the van while the alarm continues to go off behind me. Even with Ljuba sitting a few feet from me, I'm too worn out to hide the misery in my features. Her company has made it easier, but there's no amount of consolation that can take away from how much I loathe being out here on the run again - every noise and every breath of wind outside the van sparking the adrenaline in my veins.

Sighing, I finally roll over to shut the alarm off when I notice Ljuba frowning at me - either due to my expression or the fact that I've left the alarm on, I don't know. Yawning tiredly, I stretch lazily before grabbing the jar again and repeating the familiar wake-up ritual: fingers and nails first, hands, wrists, and up until I reach my shoulders. And with Ljuba so close, a quick layer on my face and neck.

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189Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:23 am

"What is that stuff..?" I ask after a moment, watching him closely as I shift my back against the wall of the van. I've grown stiff, just sitting here for the last eight or so hours, and there wasn't much else other than watching him sleep to keep me entertained. 

"And why do you need to wake up in the middle of the night to put it on?"

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190Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:31 am

"It's just a lotion," I reply groggily as I work it into a stiff muscle in my neck.

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191Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:33 am

"Your skin's not that dry," I remark as I cock an eyebrow at him.

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192Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:37 am

"Then it must be working, huh?" I reply cockily before letting out a sigh as I sit up and toss the tin in her direction.

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193Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:49 am

Catching the tin, I give him a tired look before turning it over in my hand to read the scrawled words on the tape label. My expression pinches as I read over the familiar ingredients, glancing up at him in confusion. 

"Did you dose too much of the other..?" I ask hesitantly, the thought of his falling ill sitting heavily on me.

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194Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:05 am

"No," I respond dully, a small frown pinching at my features as I look her over uncomfortably. Sighing, I drag a hand through my hair thoughtfully for a moment and then quickly lean forward to grab an old tin can tucked under the seat in front of her. As I stare at the can, the black streaks lace their way up my arm - my veins standing out against pale skin as the salve is burned away at the insistent magic burning in my blood. The moment that buffer is gone, the can shrivels and crumbles into dust so quickly one might not even believe it had ever been there were it not for the evidence of rusted dust sifting between my fingers and onto the floor.

"The others are just like that one, only they have little additives here and there to work with what my touch already does," I frown as I glance back at her. "Without them, any living thing I touch dies - agonizingly - and anything non-living only survives as long as I can keep my emotions in check - one speck of anger, one wayward tear, and it all crumbles under my hand. The older I get, the stronger my magic becomes, the more insidious it grows; what used to leave little holes burned into my sheets where my fingertips touched can now wilt entire rooms."

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195Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:10 am

"Oh, Lavellan," I frown, looking back at the tin in my hands before reaching out to return it to him. "Does it hurt you..?"

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196Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:15 am

"Only without the salve," I respond as I uncap the tin and reapply said salve to my streaked arm. "Which is why we need to pick up supplies here soon," I add as I hold the diminishing contents of the tin up for her to see.

"And what about you?" I ask, raising an eyebrow at her as I nod toward her face. "Does it still hurt? Will we need to find some moppy?"

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197Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:20 am

Sighing, I reach up to run my hand through my hair as I shrug. 

"I've had a headache for hours," I say lightly, "But if it's from before or from everything that's happened... I don't know."

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198Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:23 am

"We'll get you some moppy," I say gently as I pat her knee before getting up to crawl up front. "Better to have it and not need it, than to not have it and you start having seizures again."

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199Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:26 am

I get up to crawl up front after him, nearly tripping over the excess fabric on my pants before I stop to roll the ends back up. 

"Think I could find some proper bottoms along the way?" I remark, offering a slight smirk to give away my joking before I finish crawling into the seat, the coat dragged behind me. "Your stuff is a touch long."

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200Bright Lights - Page 8 Empty Re: Bright Lights on Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:30 am

"You like it," I scoff, cutting her a smirk as I start the van back up so we can leave. "Yeah, the place we're stopping for supplies has some clothes as well. They're blatant gyp' clothes - fuckin' peddlers - but I'm sure they'll have some nice skirts to choose from."

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