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Oct 15, 2019 12:28 AM
vamprainai kidnaps a z and a jean
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"You guys have depressing proverbs."

His fingers tighten on the neck of the guitar, for a second, and then he sets it carefully aside.

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"What, you don't?"

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 "...I guess we do."

He pulls his knees up.

"'Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.'"

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"Three griefs in life: the baby at its birth, the woman in her travails, the old man that death has not yet come to spare him."

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"...I think yours are still worse."

Yeah. That's a mood.

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"Well. When things are good, there's other things to say than proverbs."

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"Yeah. When you're happy you're happy, I guess. You don't need to cope."

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"Yes."

 

"Should we..."

He glances, compulsively, at the door: are they drawing it out too long, are they risking losing the privilege of music by abusing it?

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"–yeah. Unless you want to hear another one."

Unless you think it's safe.

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"I'd love to, but maybe we should save some for later." If they still can, later.

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"Yeah. For later."

They'll need it.

"...uh. You...said I play like an artist. And you kind of said it like you are one."

Please.

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Please don't do this to him.

 

"...you could say that, I guess. I ... used to act, a little."

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It'll be so much worse any other way.

"Why'd you stop?"

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"Competing obligations."

Like being a sex slave. Whom no one actually has sex with. It kept him very busy.

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"I guess that's how art works."

He's not going to push him any more than that. He got enough.

He stands up.

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Jean stands, too, and follows him.

(He's so tired. He hurts. He just wants to be done.)

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Let's look for Imrainai. He hates having to look for Imrainai.

Is she in the last place he found her?

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What do you know, she is!

"Hi, Z! Did you get everything you need for tonight, Tano?"

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"I did, thank you. You've been more than generous."

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"...I left the guitar in my room. I can go back and get it if you want."

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"No, no, that's OK, hold on to it for a bit. Maybe you can give Zana a lesson sometime."

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"–okay. Thanks."

It's easier not to sound overeager when he knows why she's pleased with him.

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"Mhm! You'll probably get more use out of it than the rest of us anyway. Wanna watch an episode of Star Trek before bed?"

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The correct response is–

"Yeah, sure."

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"OK! I'll get out the DVDs. Tano, did you want to watch with us, or do you think you'll go on ahead to bed?"

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