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26 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:29 pm

"Close enough to be considered a local," I answer as I pull my mug into my hands so I can take a drink, "But this isn't my hometown or anything.

"So what skills do you trade in..?" My eyes roam over him curiously as I ask, not bothering to hide my intrigue.

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27 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:23 pm

"Now who's being nosy?" I quip with a crooked smirk. Spotting Art as he returns with my food, I manage to scoop my book up just in time to save it from the plate being smacked down unceremoniously in front of me.

"Honestly, there isn't much I don't trade in," I confess as I glance back toward Nell. "Though, most of my income comes from parts of the Craft that require some... discretion. Potions and tonics like the one you gave your friend here aren't what I would call my forte - frankly, I'm rubbish at those and they bore me to tears so much so that I can scarcely convince a drunk to buy a hangover remedy off of me twice.

"But if you ever need to waltz into a palace ballroom looking like the Comtess du Fiaere, I'm your man."

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28 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:50 pm

"I have not ever - nor do I foresee ever - wanting to be in a palace ballroom, but thank you." I respond dryly, sighing a bit as I turn back to the bar and smile up at Art as he sets my plate down with a distorted smile of his own. 

"You're in the wrong bit of town if you're looking to sell that shit, though." I add as I keep my eyes on my plate, tearing into the bread a bit eagerly.

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29 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:54 pm

"Mmm, I'm well aware," I nod solemnly as I smother my potatoes in thick gravy. "You needn't even ask how many times I've escaped a crispy end in Novigrad. Oddly enough, there is far more use for my skills in that town than there is here. Fortunately, I'm happy to sleep on empty stoops and save my coin for the odd meal here or there."

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30 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:21 pm

"Ooh, not you-" I start, dropping the chunk of bread I'd grabbed onto the plate as I laugh softly, "You're too pretty to be sleeping on stoops, I don't buy that for a second."

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31 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:31 pm

I can't help the bark of laughter as I feel my cheeks flush a bit. "Thank you?" I grin as I raise an eyebrow at her. "You're not so hard on the eyes yourself; I certainly wouldn't have any qualms bringing you in from the stoop."

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32 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:45 pm

"Well, see, I don't sleep on stoops," I laugh as I look at him with an amused grin, my gaze a bit more blatant as it drags over him, "I trade shitty potions for rooms over pubs so I don't have to go home."

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33 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:49 pm

"I've a clever pun for that somewhere, but it's probably not as funny or flirty as I'd like it to be, so instead I'll simply drink to not going home," I offer as I hold my mug up with a wry smirk before downing what's left of it.

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34 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:01 am

"I'll drink to that," I nod as I grab my mug, taking a long and heavy swallow before setting it back beside my plate. 

"It's still early," I remark, smirking a bit as I glance at him, "you only stopping for lunch before you head off to sell your fancy skills in the big city?"

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35 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:07 am

"Not exactly," I respond evasively as I gesture toward Art for another drink before I start digging into my food. "I'm rather like you at the moment - avoiding responsibilities... maybe considering doing something impulsive and potentially ill-advised." I smirk toward her at that before shrugging. "I don't know yet. The day is young."

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36 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:12 am

"Your day is young," I correct him as I pinch my bread into pieces to drop across my plate, "I'm drinking for a couple hours and then I'm going to see how long I can sleep before Art kicks me out."

Prying open the small jar of jam, I grab a spoon and spread some of the deeply violet confection across the torn up bread. Dropping the spoon in the half-empty jar, I pinch up a piece of stained bread and pop it in my mouth. 

"My day has been far too fucking long."

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37 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:18 am

"Hm, sounds as though you need something to help you relax," I comment off-handedly as I continue to pick at my food, my eyebrow raised a little as I watch her. "Something to help you forget your troubles."

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38 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:28 am

"Now, see," I start, pointing at my plate as Art sloshes down another mug of ale for the pale man, earning an amused chuckle from me as I watch him, "I don't know if you know it, but this jam here? Art's old lady makes it every couple months when she gets the berries in, and it's better than literally anything you could offer me."

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39 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:39 am

"Are you willing to place a wager on that?" I ask with a crooked smirk.

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40 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:44 am

"You haven't had this jam," I retort with a flirtatious grin as I grab a piece of jammed bread and hold it out to him. "I mean, I'm pretty confident in my own abilities but even I won't try to compete with this. Go on, try it!"

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41 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:49 am

I never take my eyes off of her as I take the offered piece of bread, and take a careful bite. Even while chewing the agreeably delicious jam, I still smile at her more flirtatiously than before.

"As I was saying," I practically purr. "Are you willing to wager on that?"

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42 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:02 am

"And what do I get when you don't deliver?" I ask, my eyebrow raising as I bring my fingers back to my lips so I can suck some of the jam from my thumb.

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43 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:04 am

"I'll buy you a months worth of this lovely jam for you to enjoy at your leisure," I offer with a laugh. "Fair enough?"

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44 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:06 am

My chest shakes with a loud laugh as I drop my hand to my lap, looking at him incredulously.

"You sleep on stoops but you can buy a month's worth of jam?"

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45 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:07 am

"I sleep on stoops so I can afford a months worth of jam," I correct with a laugh as I take a another bite of my own food. "Gods, pay attention woman, I just said that."

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46 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:13 am

Shaking my head at him, I turn back to my plate so I can clear a spot for the jar to nestle against the bread before leaning up to look for the room key Art was supposed to bring. I'm just about to call to him when I spot a key sat beside a washrag, and I stretch over the bar to snatch it up.

"Got it!" I say a bit loudly, waving it towards Art who raises a haggard hand to wave at me before sitting back to tuck the key in my pocket. 

Sliding off of my stool, I grab the mug of ale in one hand, my plate of bread in the other as I look back at him with an amused grin. "Well? Are you coming or not?"

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47 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:18 am

"What?" I ask, my eyes widening with some surprise as I look after her - all of my suave disappearing with my shock. "Seriously? I mean - yeah."

I'm almost embarrassed by my lack of grace as I quickly dig out the coin to pay for my meal. Tossing the money on the counter, I gather up my book and tuck it into my pocket before grabbing my plate to follow Nell.

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48 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:28 am

I've managed not to spill a drop of ale or a crumb of my plate on my way up the stairs and to the third door Art had chosen for me, a feat I'm pretty pleased with until I remember the key buried deep in my pocket. Sighing as I glance back at the pale stranger trailing behind me, I offer a quick grin before I hold my mug towards him. 

"Hold this, don't drink it." I order a bit firmly, narrowing my eyes at him before digging the key out and moving to let us into the room.

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49 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:31 am

"You'd have been safer asking me to go after the key," I grin as I steal a sip from her mug, watching her pointedly with a defiant glint in my eye.

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50 Re: Poor Life Decisions on Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:32 am

"You're gonna be the one going to get more," I shrug as I get the door unlocked, shoving it open and turning back to take my mug away from him.

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