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Oct 18, 2019 7:41 AM
vamprainai kidnaps a z and a jean
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He takes it carefully.

"It'll be easier if we've got two. And then one of us could play rhythm and the other could solo. Maybe put on a show sometime."

(See? It'd be valuable.)

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"That sounds fun! I'll see about it."

Maybe if they're both very good.

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"Thanks."

He's not holding out hope. But if he keeps giving her better interaction about it, maybe...

He turns back and returns to Tano's room.

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Tano is sitting on the floor, waiting for him.

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He joins him, sits cross-legged on the floor with the guitar in his lap.

"Do you have stuff like this at all?"

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"Stringed instruments? Yes."

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"Okay. Then, you know how...uh..."

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...he doesn't actually really know how he should explain a guitar.

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So he just plays, and sings (a little quietly, but with feeling, with a little shake in his voice).

He makes it through the first chorus before he stops, awkwardly.

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"Please don't stop."

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Oh.

"–okay."

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He starts again.

He curls over his guitar as he plays, hair falling in his face, eyes fluttering shut.

 

When the last note fades out, he doesn't look up, doesn't move.

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"That was beautiful. Thank you."

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"I could do another one. –uh. Later, if you want, just...I don't get a lot of chances to..."

He clutches the guitar a little protectively.

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"I'd like nothing better."

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Oh, good.

"This one's kind of – over the top, I guess, but it's a classic, it's fine–"

He plays.

He doesn't seem to feel it any less than the last one. This time he's louder, voice clearer.

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He's very quiet and still, during.

Afterwards, he says, "You play like an artist."

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"...you think?"

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"Yes. You -- love the music."

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"...yeah. I do."

He runs his fingers down the strings.

"It helps."

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Nod.

 

"Be careful. Love hurts."

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"...yeah."

There are a million different ways she could take this from him. Some of them are worse than others.

"Don't let yourself love anything, though, you'll just...fade out."

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"So you love something too far away for anything to touch, or you keep the love too close for anyone to know."

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"Sounds kind of sad."

Sounds kind of true.

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"It's just a proverb."

It is not a proverb.

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