[P] Wake up, it's no use pretending
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With the threat neutralized and what few Krokarans who remained returning home, life in Sapient was easing back into its normal routine. Lucian ran his fingers down the tear in the shirt that he had been wearing the day Dareios had made his first kill. It hadn't been necessary for the woman to die but then it hadn't necessarily been his friend's intention to kill her, either. Lucian frowned and poked his fingers through the hole, thinking that the dude she was with definitely deserved to meet his end. It was just too bad the asshole didn't have anything useful on him that Lucian could use to trade for someone to fix his ruined clothing.


Sighing, the young Amaranthe shrugged into a different outfit — his usual flowy blouse and dashing vest — and twisted his little hand mirror between his fingers. Carefully, Lucian fixed his pompadour and observed his reflection until he was satisfied before setting the battered mirror back atop his dresser and vacating the room he shared with Dareios.


Among those who had been injured in the brawls with those dumbass belligerents, there was a certain fellow that Lucian had taken a keen interest in. Leonardo Auditore, with his matured good looks and thoughtful silence, was certainly someone who seemed worth getting to know. And, considering his current injuries had rendered him bedridden and unable to flee, now seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so.


Stepping nimbly up to the man's door, Lucian rapped his knuckles against the wood. "Hey Leo?" he called. "Thought I'd just check in, man. See if you needed anything." With his hands on his hips, he waited for the invalid's response.


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[/html]Lip curling in irritation, no sound escaped him even as the temptation to growl arose within him. Oh how tempting it would be to dismiss yet another meddling Sapien, to tell them where to shove their supposedly well intended good intentions. It would be satisfying to lash out, without care for who was on the receiving end; heaven knows he was angry enough to do just that. But it wasn't the anger that won out, at least on most days. No, what consumed him was this veil of quiet silence, a numbness that kept everything else at bay, leaving him calm.

Crippled and with another dead son, he knew his lack of reaction to everything was concerning others. Was why more than one came banging at his door at any hour that suited them. It wasn't like he could get rid of them – yell and make threats was all he could do. Maybe on a good day he could hop on one leg and stumble in the direction, with divine luck on his side to push them out the room in the process. Realistically, all he could do is remain silent and hope they went away or, as he had taken to doing, resign himself to his fate and invite the pest in.

Pest was a fitting term. The boy he knew off, although not by direct association; enough so that he could identify his scent and voice, at least.

“Lucian, come on in”, even as he called out his voice sounded hollow, hand dropping to his exposed thigh where bandages covered the wound, stroking at it idly.[html]

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Was it bad luck, Lucian wondered, or carelessness that caused the man to lose two sons in two separate conflicts? Though he hadn't been even a flicker in his dear mother's golden eye when Leonardo's first son perished, the young Amaranthe was aware of the incident that had taken the man's life. Not well, by any means, but vaguely enough that when Vedetta fell during Sapient's most recent conflict, it had struck Lucian as more than just unfortunate.


Maybe it was partly for this reason that the young man found himself at Leonardo's door. Partly, but by no means significantly.


The voice of the Virtu Faber replied from behind the door to his room, its tone flat and hollow. Turning the knob, Lucian swung the door open to find the man sprawled on his bed with his wounded thigh exposed. Lucian did not let his eyes linger long on the man's injury before they found his face. "Hey," he greeted, his lips quirked in their usual manner as he approached the bed-bound Auditore. Then he acknowledged Leonardo's injury more pointedly before finding lavender eyes again. "Damn," he said. "You look like shit. They really did a number on you, huh?"


Lucian didn't wait long for a response before shrugging. "Look, I'm not Miwa or anything but when was the last time those were changed?" he asked, gesturing to the man's bandages.


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[/html]“So eloquently and tactfully put there Lucian,” he responded dryly, lifting a brow as he stared steadily up to the youths face, his own thoroughly unimpressed with the boy. Why the youth thought he needed a reminder of the fact that he looked like shit, when he was more than certainly feeling the pain in his thigh, was beyond him. Or maybe, just maybe, he was hungry, tired, in morning and generally just grumpy, his sour mood finding an all too easy target in Lucian.

A pretty boy who knew the effect of his looks, so quick to use charm and his appearance to his advantage. In many ways, based off what he knew of the male, Lucian reminded him a lot of his younger brother Sebastian. Lord, he hoped the male wasn't half as frivolous as his brother was.

“And no, you really aren't Miwa,” he didn't answer the question; it was apparent from the loose nature and the blood soaked through that they needed changing. Swapping the old ones our for new wasn't all that hard, although it did require him to move his leg and wasn't a pleasant experience, so he'd been ignoring the bandages, hoping the problem would simply go away if he refused to acknowledge it in the first place.

“So, how'd you pull the short straw anyway?” it seemed like the logical explanation for the male, who normally wouldn't bother with him, to do so now. Someone had to have set him up or it was some form of punishment being thrust upon the youth.[html]

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Weaving his fingers through his pompadour, Lucian flashed Leonardo a winning grin and showed no evidence of the man's dry response affecting him in any negative way. Unlike Tierney, who Lu wasn't confident couldn't kill him with only a thumb, the Blacksmith was one of the least threatening people to him within the pack. "Well, when someone looks like shit there really isn't an eloquent way to put it," he countered pompously. Tact, on the other hand, Lucian could probably have mustered if he felt compelled to.


"Glad your eyes work at least," he said with some amusement, sidestepping down the bed so that he was in front of Leo's wounded thigh "Because that could have been awkward." Another crooked grin found Lucian's lips when he glanced deviously back into the elder man's eyes. The bandages were loose and soaked through with blood and for the first time since he entered Leonardo's room, Lucian found himself wishing that he hadn't. Old, soiled bandages were disgusting.


Carefully, and with more gentleness than seemed natural for Lucian, the youth began to unravel the bandages without hiding the disgust on his face. "Who says there were any straws to pull?" he replied coyly. "I just wanted to check in on you. Good thing I did, too. Dude, you have got to change these more often." Even if they weren't that bad they were bad enough for Lucian.

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[/html]Snorting, he let the youth have his frank manner, for he did have a point, even if he was still being a little bit rude: the times were changing, the lands different; he could not expect those to adhere to the culture and belief of his home town from years ago. Lucian was merely a reflection of his surroundings – not that there was anything wrong with that or the boy.

If Lucian was his son though, he'd ensure the child learned early on to be more polite and considerate, especially at the jab about his eyes: he'd been shot by an arrow, he wasn't getting old, blind and senile just yet.

Expecting the boy to leave upon having said his piece and seen the spectacle, it was with narrowed eyes that he watched him approach, his surprise at the others willingness to help momentarily throwing him off – not for long however, his hand snapping out to catch Lucian's wrist and stop him.

He wasn't an invalid just yet and would change the bandages, eventually.

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