[P] One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small
Lucian
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Word Count → 283 :: She's just stepped out into the estates hallways.

[/html]Squinting, she drew herself closed to the cracked and filthy mirror, head tilting from one side and then to the other, fingers tracing along the bandages that wrapped her face, the salve underneath calming the worst of the irritation and pain. With each swap of wrap, the reality that the marks of her folly were not going to be disappearing anytime soon. A scar was forming, starting above her left eye and stretching down her face, ceasing just under her neck where everyone could see it.

Dropping her hand, she stared at her hazy reflection a little more, before pressing her lips shut tight and stepping back. It was what it was, getting worked up and upset over the visible scar would do nothing to solve the problem. If anything it served as a reminder to accept her flaws instead of trying to fix them, but that didn't make the road to coming to terms with not only her apparent lack of eyesight and now scarring any better.

For some time she'd never noticed that the way she saw the world wasn't right, was different. Understanding only took root when others saw things she couldn't, described things, pointed at things, all of which were not within her capacity to see at all, or in the level of detail that they apparently could.

Combing her hair into some order, she run them down the length of her body, smoothing out her clothes before heading out of her room, a forced smile upon her lips. There was no way she could hide in her bedroom forever. If people were going to stare, comment or judge, then she might as well get the worst over with.[html]

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#2
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OOC: MY BODY IS READY.


One floor above, in a bedroom smelling of testosterone and competition, another youth looked through a dirty mirror and admired the sparkling emerald eyes staring back at him. A smile turned his lips and a pink tongue slipped out, wetting his fingers before he trailed them through an immaculate pompadour. Secure in his other hand, the mirror was coaxed this way and that until the young man was confident there was nothing out of place to sully his perfectly styled look and, satisfied, Lucian Amranhe set the mirror upon a weathered dresser and turned.


With quick glance, the hybrid offered his roommate's half of their shared bedroom a pitying look before crossing the short distance to the door. He paused, straightening his posture and securing a wry smile on his face, before giving the knob a swift turn and pushing the door open.


Spanning on either side of him, the Government Estate's hallways were impressive. Lucian turned his head, green eyes flicking in the direction of his mother's bedroom while his mind wandered. Who had warmed her bed last night? he wondered unhappily. Akantha hadn't come to see him lately, even after he'd "borrowed" one of her mirrors without asking. He was becoming increasingly annoyed with her antics and, though he wouldn't admit as much, jealous of the men she spent more time with.


Scoffing loudly in the direction of his mother's room, Lucian turned his back swiftly on that potion of the hallway and carried on walking towards the stairs, popping the collar of his jacket as he descended.


As he reached the bottom, the distinct sound of a door being shut drew his attention and encouraged him to investigate. Though there were few people of interest inhabiting the rooms on the main floor, Lucian knew that a handful of very beautiful women — Nieve and Sloan, in particular — laid claim to these. Sloan, though... Lucian licked his lips and carried on, though he did not anticipate he would actually see the young woman.


"Well, well, the butterfly finally emerges from her cocoon," he began when his eyes caught sight of her. Word was that Sloan had had an accident and was recovering. Except, nobody had told him precisely what had happened. "Woah!" Lucian flinched when he caught sight of her face and scrambled to make up for it. "I mean, you look nice." He paused, running his fingers through his mane. A sigh escaped his lips and he looked at Sloan again with more sympathy. "Aw, Sloan," he offered. "You really do look nice." Even if your face is messed up. "I've missed seeing you around."


[WC — 445]

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#3
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Word Count → 439 :: I would of replied sooner, but I was WAY too busy fangirling. OK. I WAS NOT READY. My body is so not ready for this Mandi.

[/html]Flinching at the sound of someone approaching, she snapped her head to the side, glancing over her shoulder before spinning at the sound of his voice, one of her paws clipped the other, causing her to stumble forward a few strides, arms flailing as she thought to get her balance. Throwing her upper body back, she squared her shoulders, sending a quick prayer to the heavens for the ground to open up and swallow her whole to cease the embarrassment of that blunder, heat racing across her skin with each word of his that only added to her shame.

Rolling her eyes, she winced in pain from the action, stepping forward more steadily now, until she entered his personal space, a hand flicking up and hitting against his chest, lifting to his face before cupping his cheek, her good eye blearily staring into his out of focus face. There was no need for the touch or proximity; scent alone told her who it was, but the physical content helped her make sense of the vague colours and shapes that made up her world.

She knew how bad it looked, the damaged skin healing slowly to form scars poking out from beneath the bandages. That wasn't something she could do anything about. No amount of preening her hair, smoothing her clothes or perfecting the rest of herself would repair the damage that had been done. The only good thing was that she couldn't really see it, but her hearing worked just fine, his initial response having not gone amiss.

“Your charm does well to cover your slip up, Lucian. And you look rather dashing today. I think. If I tilt my head just right and squint,” smiling wide at the male, she patted his cheek before releasing it, tilting her head and squinting at him as she had so described, before nodding her head in some semblance of confirmation.

“It's all right. I've been informed that it looks quite ghastly and I have only myself to blame. But that's rather a dull tale,” oh they tried to downplay the ugly that had become of her face, yet their tone of voice was quick to give them away, if the very words they spoke didn't. It was one of the things she was good at – reading voices, because in a world where you couldn't see all too good, scent and sound became all the more important to her.

“Tell me you have something much more interesting for us to do? I'm starting to climb the walls with all this healing and resting I'm supposed to be doing.”[html]

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<div class="SloannardoSigname">And the White Knight is talking backwards
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#4
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OOC: TOO BAD GET READY ALREADY OKAY KITTY JEEZ >;D


Her golden tresses spun in the air, waving flashes of sunshine at him cheerfully until the jerking, staggering motion of her lovely body told him something was amiss. His lips parted uncertainly, eyes of bright emerald taking in the subtle changes of her balance and posture until, more in control now, she made contact with his solid frame.


His smile returned, soft hands rising and finding purchase against her feminine figure. He held his fingers at the small of her back, wondering how soft her fur would feel beneath her clothing. Idly, he closed his eyes at the wave of her scent and breathed her in with a subtle grin. Ah, Sloan, he thought as warm breath escaped parted lips. How many times had she graced his dreams? Lucian opened his eyes again when her slender fingers found his face, cupping one flaming cheek with a tenderness that nearly made the young Amaranthe shudder. Too many, he thought with a growing smile. Too many.


"What slip up?" he asked her innocently, his eyelids flinching at each pat to his cardinal cheek. When she released her hand and tilted her head up, he grinned more broadly at her and gently cupped the back of her head with one palm. "Take my word for it, Sloan. I do look rather dashing," he purred, pulling his fingers through his pompadour before glancing down at her again skeptically. "Don't you think I look dashing every day?" He teased, emerald eyes glowing back at her.


But while it was true Lucian spent a lot of time and resources on his physical appearance, that wasn't to say he didn't occasionally enjoy activities that might sully his hard work. After all, having such a perfect figure as he had did require a bit of sweat and exertion, and there were oh so many interesting things he'd like to do with Sloan.


"What, you mean more interesting than just being in my presence?" he replied, flashing the scarred girl a winning smile. "C'mon, baby," he continued, reaching out for her hand. "I've got just the thing in mind."


[WC — 356]

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Word Count → 522 :: GEEZ. OK. I GOT THIS. Btw - her sight was lost in Dec (only just recovered enough to be out now) & would off been bad before then anyway.

[/html]Lips pulled back in the smallest flicker of a smile, a reluctant thing that she tried not to give him, but no matter what he was charming and her will power not to fall under his spell was oh so weak. It was, unfortunately, that very same charisma that had lead her to her folly, the young Ortega carving as no doubt so many others did when under his attentions; she wanted to please him, to compliment him, to do anything and everything he said to make him happy... and to make him like and notice her, which, after all had been said and done now, seemed so shallow of her.

Lucian was his own man and just because she admired him, because she liked him, that had in no way be a justification for what she'd done. Even if she'd told herself at the time that it was to make herself perfect for him, it really never had been. On some level it was plain vanity and the fact that she'd worked herself into a complex, believing that unless she was perfect, then she would never have love. Maybe her parents were partly at fault for her inability to grasp her self worth and relations, perhaps not.

So many lessons had been learned in the last month. That she didn't need perfect eye sight to be happy, that she didn't want love if it wasn't for who she was and based off superficial things. And, of course, that her attempts to hide secrets and lie were rather awful, because clearly she'd done a rather poor job at hiding from the rest of the pack that she'd always had to some degree bad eye sight. Now, her vision was so vague it was almost accurate to claim she was completely blind.

Sloan had wasted away several hours away lost in thought over the last month, contemplating things and looking at them from a whole new perspective; there wasn't much else she could do whilst bound to recovery. The whole affair had scared her enough that she'd been quick to shrug of silly ideas and childish concepts – never again would she see who she was as not good enough. Truly, she'd never let herself drop to such lows again. Burning half her face off once was one too many times to have that drilled into her.

When not in self reflection, she daydreamed, playing out the conversation she knew she needed to have with him – not just him, others as well, it was just that to her, Lucian's reaction was perhaps the most important of them all. Had he, like the others, always known all along that she'd struggled with her vision? Accepted her and been her friend despite it, being enough of a gentlemen not to mention it?

“I will have to take your word for it. Lucian... I can't see any more,” breath catching in her throat, free hand shaking as she reached for where his had grasped hers, resting it on top of their joined hands.[html]

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OOC: LOL IDK what I'm doing with this kid


Of the reasoning behind Sloan's wild notion she could somehow repair the poor eyesight with which she was born, Lucian had no knowledge of. In truth, he had had little idea at all that her vision was subpar, assuming that her occasional stumbles and falls were simply the result of being a clumsy twit. Ah, but a beautiful, clumsy twit at that. Either the blonde Ortega girl had been exceptional at hiding her disability from him or he had been entirely obtuse to all the warning signs she'd displayed for him. Internally, he scoffed and decided that the knowledge of her poor eyesight was due to no fault of his own.


He glanced at her again, forcing his acidic green eyes to take in the result of her folly. Such a shame. Such a damn shame.


"I'll take care of you, Sloan," he promised her at once, confidence thick in his throat. His smile was sharp and broad on his handsome face. Her fingers were soft and warm. Oh sure, he'd take very good care of her. "Who needs to see when you've got someone like me looking out for them?" He moved his fingers to tilt her head up to him, even though she wouldn't be able to make him out. "Right?" With some restraint, Lucian resisted the urge to lower his head and feel her lips against his.


Without missing a beat, the young Amaranthe snatched up Sloan's delicate fingers and pulled her along down the hallways of the Government Estate. Assertive though his guidance may have felt, there was a gentleness in the way his fingers intertwined with Sloan's. And though Lucian seldom thought of the needs of others, he was careful not to lead his young flame into any hazards that might result in further injury. This felt like an important moment in his friendship with Sloan — messing it up might give her the wrong impression of him. And that would truly be a tragedy.


His paws made soft sounds against the floor of the estate, occasionally clicking or scraping when his toenails connected with hard surfaces. He glanced eagerly down at Sloan as they passed the Library, his teeth white and perfect as they poked beneath his lips. A flash of an idea ignited in his mind but the flames, though intense, burned out quickly. "Almost there, babe," he purred, shoving the idea in the back pocket of his mind. There would be other times, he told himself, where he could take advantage of her disability and guide her around for much longer than necessary. He didn't need to use that up today.


As they approached the Communal Workshop, the scents of various different activities and trades grew stronger. There was clay and metal and wood; fabric and leather and wool; ink and paint and charcoal. Lucian did not come here often and few of these materials held any interest for him, but today it seemed the perfect place to take a damned-near blind girl to shake up a little excitement in her life.


Pushing open the doors, he was glad to see that nobody else was inside. "Can you guess where we are?" he asked her, happy to assist her inside if she seemed to need it. "If you guess right, you might just get a reward out of it."


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Word Count → 359 :: Out of Character text

[/html]Heart beating so far, she was so sure that the sound should be echoing within both her own and Lucian's ears. Yet it was silence, only the increased rise and fall of her chest an indication to her panic, the smallest of tremors to her hands as she stood there helplessly, awaiting for his judgement to be given. Was she, in her scarred and defective way, still good enough to be his friend? Still someone he'd want to spend time with. Did she still have a chance for the charming male who, within her eyes, was the epitome of masculine perfection.

“Right,” acceptance came. A promise to be there for her, a new twist upon her situation given quickly. Certainly, what need was there for eyes when someone else could describe the world just as well for her. It wasn't the end, so much of her life was still before her and she wouldn't let this ruin her. Wouldn't let this stop her from finding enjoyment and living the rest of her life as if each day would be her last.

Led by the insistent and patient tugs upon her hand, they made their way through the halls, swirls of colour and shapes that no longer held any meeting passed her by, confusing her the more she paid them attention. Whilst she was starting to depend more on her other senses, picking up more acutely on things that she would of otherwise overlooked when her sight was more, it wasn't enough to navigate her way around just yet.

Breathing in upon his question, her reply was slow to come, a smile stretching across her face as she realised that even thought the path there may have been unknown, she did indeed know where they were at least.

“And what is my reward Lucian. Because if you wanted to play a guessing game, perhaps choose a room that has a less distinct smell. You should know the Workshop smells rather... workshopy,” grinning, she teased him, genuinely curious now to what he was planning, along with pride over the fact that she was so certain that she was correct.[html]

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OOC: boy logic: don't kiss her, throw paint at her instead. xD


The Workshop was empty and it would have been the perfect time to do what his body so desired to do: sweep Sloan into his arms and kiss her so deeply that all the colors and the smells and the entire world, maybe, would melt away into nothing. But Lucian held back. This was her first time out of her room and he didn't want to overwhelm her for fear that it would shove a wedge between them and his opportunity for something more. With anyone else he wouldn't care quite so much, but Sloan was different. There was some deeper attraction that Lucian didn't understand that drew him to her. And he didn't want to ruin his chance.


He uttered a gentle, approving purr when she answered correctly, his eyes taking in her face — her body — before he shoved those ideas, too, in the back pocket of his mind. He tapped her nose twice, softly. "You're better at this than I thought," he replied, a smile in his voice. Of course he would have known she would guess right — he wanted it to be easy, to build her confidence and, of course, her trust in him. "I guess I'll just have to make it harder next time." Lucian pressed his lips to her ear and whispered: "You'll get something better as a reward then."


And then he was gone from her side, padding further into the workshop to see what he could give her as a reward. When his eyes spied a set of paints, Lucian gravitated towards them almost instantly. "Didn't you say you wanted to do something more interesting, Sloan?" he asked her from across the room. "Maybe add a little color to your life?" He chose a pail of red paint and approached the near-blind girl again.


"Why not a paint fight?" he asked mischievously. "I promise I'll go easy on you. Here, I'll even give you the first go." Holding out his hands, Lucian invited her to rest them in his so he could guide them to the pail of paint. "That's your reward. You get to fling paint at me. And, if anyone knew Lucian, that was certainly something for the boy took great care of his appearance.


[WC — 386]

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#9
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Word Count → 317 :: Out of Character text

[/html]Beaming a smile at him, butterflies dancing in the stomach at the mention of a next time, reaffirming the fact that he wasn't going to abandon her and that he still desired to spend time with her. What the reward would be now or in the future mattered nothing to her, compared to being able to spend time with Lucian; his company was enough of a reward. Not that she'd utter those words or inflate his large ego – something she wasn't oblivious to, finding it endearing and a well justified ego at that.

In the absence of his body standing beside her, hand anchoring her to the spot, she remained where he'd left him, tracking the sound of his foot steps with apprehension and excitement alike. He was playing with her, teasing her with his words, hinting to this plan of his, before finally he spilled the beans: a paint fight. A messy, vibrant paint fight.

Before her, with her blurred vision, she knew from the darkness of colors compared to the light that he was before her, even if the details were a little sketchy. She didn't see his hands but came to him anyway, wanting, no needing, to have contact with him, a little unnerved without someone being on hand to guide her and support her. Stepping over to him, she placed a hand upon his chest, using that to determine how close he was to her.

Something was placed into her hand, mirth apparent in her expression as she shook it lightly, hearing the slush of paint move around.

"Lucian, I couldn't possibly chuck paint at you!" she exclaimed, removing her hand from where it lay on his chest, she brought it to the pail, pausing a second as if unsure, a mask of pure innocence, before she lent back and chucked a good portion of it in Lucian's direction – at his face, to be exact, although that hadn't been her intent.

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<div class="SloannardoSigname">And the White Knight is talking backwards
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#10
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There were a lot of things that Lucian liked about Sloan's inability to properly see, but her need to constantly be in close proximity to him — to hold and touch and grasp his body — was maybe what he liked the most. He stood like a pillar as her hands found his chest and smirked broadly, smugly, as the weight and warmth of her fingers pressed against his clothing. In a way, subconsciously, perhaps it made him feel wanted, needed. But mostly it made him feel important.


He clucked his tongue softly at his darling Sloan. "Aw, c'mon babe," he murred. "It'll be fun. Isn't that what you wanted?" He grinned, watching as her hand came away from his chest and slowly, hesitantly, lowered to the pail. Her poor, scarred face was so innocent as she arched her arm and flung a clod of paint in his direction.


In all honesty, Lucian had not been expecting Sloan to actually hit him. With her poor vision, it seemed entirely unlikely she would ever manage to make contact with him. And yet, here came that mass of crimson paint, sailing through to air and exploding squarely against the side of his face. Paint spattered over his eye and droplets spread through the air from the point of contact, hitting his nose and ear and the wall next to him. Lucian rubbed the paint from his eye before opening it again, looking at Sloan with dumbfounded surprise. "You hit me!" he exclaimed, equal parts surprised and impressed. "You actually hit me!"


And then he laughed, loud and genuine. "Game on, Sloan! Are you ready to get messy?" Carefully rolling up his sleeves, Lucian buried his hands in the pail of paint and threw a spatter of red in Sloan's direction, a grin spreading crookedly across his dark face.


[WC — 309]

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#11
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[/html]Freezing, she squealed in joy when he proclaimed she'd hit him, heart racing as adrenaline began to kick in; throwing paint had never really struck her as something to really be done. It was messy and would strain the room around them and potentially even clothing and fur alike, but with the game afoot such things didn't matter, because it was fun.

“Oh Lucian. I was born ready,” she threw back at him, teeth flashing as she grinned at him, tail swaying at the prospect of a challenge.

With her pot of paint still in her hands, she shuffled back a few steps, laughing herself in both happiness and surprise at her success. All the while inching back until her hands connected with the heavy, thick wood of one of the work space tables. Knowing where it was, she stopped her retreat, confident that she had a shield to try and defend herself from Lucian's retaliation. Or at least, duck behind – hard to defend when she couldn't see where he was or where the paint was coming from, let alone when.

Wetness flicked across her neck and cheek as she debated her defense methods, the blind girl flinching in surprise, before lifting her pot and whilst feeling with her other hand, placed it on the table. Gathering handfuls of the stuff, she listened for Lucian, tossing it in what she hoped would be his general direction, using the dark shape of colours standing out against the white walls of the work space to aid her some.[html]

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#12
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OOC: start wrapping up? :3


"Born to get so messy that not even Sylvestre will recognize you?" he challenged back, his grin broad and sharp. He stepped slowly around the room, emerald eyes never leaving Sloan's location. His heart had picked up speed when she quipped about how she had been born ready because, in that moment, there wasn't a single doubt in his mind the precise reason why he liked Sloan so much.


Sloan Ortega was different from the other girls. Messed up though her face was, she still embraced life and was ready for anything — even impromptu paint fights. What other girl was as cool as Sloan? There were plenty who were prettier, sure, but Lucian couldn't think of any others with her zest and amusement.


Lucian pelted crimson paint in Sloan's direction then ducked beneath a table, popping his head slowly above the surface to watch the Ortega girl retaliate with a handful of her own ammunition. It was a valiant effort on her part, managing to aim in his general direction, but she missed him entirely. He chucked another handful in her direction then padded quickly nearer to her.


Lucian never saw the pool of paint on the floor.


The moment his foot made contact with the red splatter, the hybrid's feet skidded out from beneath him and, with a holler of surprise, Lucian was on his back and an ever larger puddle of paint was growing like blood beneath his head. He groaned and tried to wipe the paint from his eyes. "Okay," he began, then abruptly rolled over and proceeded to spit paint from his mouth. "Uck! Okay, okay, you win, Sloan."


[WC — 278]

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#13
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Word Count → 222 :: Out of Character text

[/html]It got messy fast; the splatter of liquid against the variety of surfaces, the dampness seeking past her fur and down to her skin - her hands slick with paint, her own throws having hit herself, the room and on a real lucky shot, occasionally hit even Lucian, if his exclamations were anything to go by. Maybe he was just placating her, pretending that he was being hit in the crossfire to boost her confidence and ego; if that was the case, she didn't call him on it, enjoying instead the simple act of playing, of being foolish and enjoying their activity.

That was, it was all fun and games until Lucian called out in surprise, followed by a loud thud. Jumping up from her cover, smacking the back of her hand against the table and hissing at the sharp pain, dismissing it quickly as she edged forward with hesitant steps, heart racing as manic set in, mind racing over the worst scenarios that could of happened until she heard his voice. Breathing a sigh in relief, she stood there, lost in the room, smiling at thin air and shaking her head.

Then propped her hands on her hops, grinning wide as she did her victory pose.

“That will teach you for challenge me! I am the master of paint wars!”[html]

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#14
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Paint was everywhere. It seeped down walls and oozed from the corners of tables, spilling to the ground in beautiful sanguine pools. Flecks and specks of crimson paint dotted every surface of the workshop, from floor to ceiling, like blood spatter at a crime scene. And then there were the two Luperci who had started it all.


For his part, Lucian was drenched. His once immaculate pompadour was now flattened and matted, large clumps of fur bound together by paint. There was paint in his ears and his nose and his mouth. And his outfit. Lucian lifted his arms helplessly and quickly assessed the condition of the fabric. Unless Austri or his mother could wash the paint out, his clothing was positively ruined.


But seeing the look on Sloan's beautiful, marred face — how it shifted from worry (worry!) to victory — made the whole thing worth it.


Looking up from his defeated position on the paint-saturated floor, he grinned crookedly at the Ortega girl and snorted in good humor. "I definitely can't argue that," he laughed. "The next time we decide to have a paint fight, I'm on your team, babe." And, despite his current situation, the thought of that was exciting to Lucian.

[WC — 207]

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Word Count → 239 :: Can end on your next post?

[/html]Snickering at his declaration that he wouldn't argue with her statement, she shook her head, sending curls all over the place that had once been neatly held back in place. Oh he was smooth and for this little trip out of her rooms she was grateful, but she disbelieved that he truly saw her as the victor her; he was merely placating her, trying to cheer her up and treating her as if she was fragile, being considerate of her injury and mindset. Pity was not what she wanted, although to bring up his intentions would ruin what had been a fun and good thing.

She let it slide.

“Of course you would be, who else would let you on their team?” she quipped back at him, tongue in cheek as she removed her hands from her hips, dusting finger tips over her top, feeling the paint there and trying to imagine how much of a state they both looked and the room around them.

“So, I guess we better get to cleaning this up before someone sees?” pulling her face, she followed her nose, stepping up to where his scent concentrated, an hand reaching for him to better focus on where he was. Fingers slid over his shoulder, tracing the line of it until her hand settled around his biceps, head titling up in his general direction.

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OOC: Fin!


Lucian had no notion of Sloan's ability to see right through him. For all he knew, he had done a damn good job at making her feel special and whole, even if his intentions were less than pure. And regardless of that, and the fact that they had a long ways to go to get cleaned up, he had had fun. And, perhaps more significantly, Lucian wanted more times like these with her.


"Oooooooh damn," he replied, grinning crookedly at her and pretended to be hurt. His emerald eyes followed the movements of her hands and lingered on her top. When she mentioned cleaning up the workshop, however, he groaned silently and tore his eyes away from her to cast them around the room. "Aw, you really think we need to?" But when her fingers found him and wrapped around his upper arm, Lucian felt like he could probably clean the workshop so long as she was there with him.


"Yeah, I guess you're right, babe." He wrapped one of his arms around her waist unnecessarily and guided her over to the nearest mess. "But it's pretty bad. It'll probably take us the rest of the day." But time spent with Sloan was not time wasted. "Okay, let's clean." And so they did.

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