Aug 24, 2019 12:41 PM
A Luehmani and a Rianchimaru in Boyfriend Dungeon
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The lunch rush landed on the mall food court, filling it with people, shouts of 'Coffee for Tabitha! Tabitha?' and a severe lack of tables to be properly antisocial on.

Despite Louie best efforts to project an aura of 'go away', two office workers sat down at her table, cheerily chatting over their salads. They're frustratingly immune to glares from people wearing hi-vis over a stab vest. (And okay, they're totally allowed to sit at this table, it's not like she actually owns this table. But still. They didn't even ask.)

She does her best to ignore them. She just got off from A Shift-- the sort that makes you question how the general public has managed to keep themselves alive for so long, question what is up with the state of public education and water supplies that so many idiots are running around, along with the standard questioning your faith in humanity. Not to mention this is the first day of her new schedule, with all the fun sleep cycle fuckery that implies. While it is lunch time for normal, daywalking people, it's dinner for her, and she's been up far too long.

Short of it is: It's been a day where she deserves donuts with dangerous amounts of cinnamon for dinner. For lunch. (For dunch.)

 

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And she transforms back to human.

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"So, how did I do? Reasonable for someone's firs-- second attempt?"

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"Very much so! Better than my early attempts, at least. I got a lot more injuries."

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"That's good. ...my performance, I mean. Not your injuries."

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"I figured! And I healed pretty well, so. Learning experience."

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"Well, you definitely seemed to have learned from it.

And thanks for the help. It was much appreciated."

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"No. Thank you. It - meant a lot, you coming to get me."

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"It was the right thing to do."

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"And you're the type to do that."

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"Because I should be.

...

People should do the right thing. People often don't, but they should. And I'm not going to hold anyone to a standard I can't meet myself."

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"Good. That's something I really like about you, you know."

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"Uh, thanks?

...not that I'm being ungrateful, it's just-- It's what I should do, and it feels odd to be complimented on it? Not that I don't appreciate the sentiment. Just. Yeah."

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"That makes sense. Sorry to have made you uncomfortable. I just - like noting things like that when I see them."

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"No, it's fine. It's good that someone notices stuff like that."

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"Yeah." She hums. "We haven't had much of a chance to talk though really - what do you do, when you're not valiantly fighting monsters?"

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"Like, job-wise or hobby-wise? I'm a police officer in my day job-- emergency calls, mostly. Hobby-wise, I work out, dance a bit-- mostly lindy-hop, really. What do you do?"

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"Don't actually have a job right now - I used to work as an EMT, though, might go back to that for a bit. Hobbies... Mostly drawing, running... I was competitive in track in high school."

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"Cool! EMTs do good work. And running's a good hobby."

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"Yeah - EMT work was kind of stressful, I might look into something else medical-field. Just something I'll have to think about. And running's good for clearing my head."

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"...I was about to suggest 'nurse,' but honestly I have no idea if that's less stressful. Practice nurse, maybe."

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"Probably depends on what I'm doing, really - I should probably just talk to different people. Some kind of - health educator or outreach person might play to my strengths well, though."

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"Yeah, you've got options, and plenty that'd help people-- like, I know that people in the health field can be incredibly bad at helping people, but I don't think you're at risk of that."

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"Thanks. Maybe - someday I'd like to be able to change stuff more broadly, you know? Maybe try to get myself in an administrative position."

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"I'll admit I don't know you that well-- but anywhere you go? I think you'll do good there."

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"Aw, thanks. I get the same feeling from you, you know? You seem - really sensible."

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