Jul 04, 2020 4:25 PM
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Erie strokes her hair. We're fine. We're safe. I'm here.

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She looks up at him, and relaxes a little, and smiles a little. I know. I know. "Just hard," she murmurs, softly.

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"-I know," he agrees.

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'Hey, E, I think I mighta found what you were looking for. Let me know when you want them, huh?'

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Lee breathes in sharply, and looks up at Erie.

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'Send my tablet images?' he requests. Cause he doesn't want to get his hopes up. Or Star's. Not about something this important.

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'Sure thing. Give me ten.'

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Lee nods, and looks down at Star, curled up on her, again, while she waits, thinking.

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Erie meanwhile, twists carefully so he can grab his tablet so that when, ten minutes later, the images come through, he can open them, and show Lee.

(It is the bracelets, some of the beads missing or cracked, but it's them.)

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"--We'll have to fix it," Lee says, smiling a little, "but -- "

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"Probably better than having to make a new one. Think Star'll take it a little better."

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"Yeah."

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Which is about when the Cardinal takes off, not quite as smoothly as when Erie is at the helm, but smoothly enough.

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Star jerks awake, and away from Lee, for half a moment he's not quite there and everything is bad and-

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"Star," Lee says, softly. "Star, it's okay, you're safe, you're with us."

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-Lee. Yes. That's right- That was good right? Yes, yes it was.

He slumps a little, hand tightening briefly on Lee's arm, fingers sliding to find the pulsepoint.

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Her pulse is elevated, but slowing down.

"You okay?" she asks, gently.

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He isn't sure, half-shrugs.

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"Just the ship taking off," Erie assures quietly. "No-one can touch us now."

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Lee nods, starts to say something, stops, and presses against Erie.

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He kisses her forehead. (I know, but we are, we are, I'll make sure.)

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-Star's with it enough to notice Lee's hesitation and reaction there, and he tilts his head slightly.

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"It's. Complicated. But Erie wouldn't say that if he wasn't sure of it."

She looks down. "I can explain more, but it's -- hard -- and not urgent and you're still recovering. I will if you want, but -- "

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"I- whatever you- S'fine. I- S'fine."

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"If you want to know I'll tell you," Lee repeats, gently. "I think it would be a better idea to wait until you've gotten more sleep than that, but it's your choice."

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