Feb 16, 2019 6:28 PM
i lose my poor soul merman here with thee
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She sighs.

“This is a research station in the South Pacific ocean, in the Hashimoto Triangle, which is in B state. We have no way of contacting the outside world for the next five months. It should be impossible for you to be here.”

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This one is definitely boredom.

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She should have gone back to grad school.

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“...I can answer questions.”

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"I don't have any."

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Throwing him overboard would, she reminds herself, be profoundly unethical.

 

“We’ll need to start using the nets. We’re not provisioned for three. You’ll stay with one of us during the day and be confined to quarters at night until we know you’re not going to try to kill us in our sleep.”

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"Understood."

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“I’m going to go program the fishery. Kyou, make sure he doesn’t burn down the mess.”

She stands and departs.

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Kyou inspects their new houseguest.

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Their new guest stares right back at him.

He's dressed shabbily, in worn and patched clothes, disheveled, hanging loose on his gaunt frame. He hasn't shaved in a couple of days, and he stinks of alcohol.

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This...is not the appearance he would expect from some kind of plane-shifting assassin. (But maybe that’s just what he wants them to think.)

It’s definitely not the smell of someone who’s been in a dry lab for a month.

 

“...do you want something to eat.”

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"...are you offering," he says, suspiciously.

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“Yes. I’m hungry.”

And so are you, by the looks of things.

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"...I could eat."

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“If I leave you here, will you burn down the mess?”

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His face closes off again. "I am not giving you my parole."

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He’ll figure it out eventually.

“Come with me.”

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Jean follows him.

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He leads him into the kitchen.

The counters are mostly bare, although there’s a cutting board and a knife lying out next to the fridge. Kyou opens it and removes a few tupperwares, takes two bowls out of a cupboard.

He serves out rice, beans, onions and peppers.

It’s a lot of food in one place.

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He watches. He doesn't reach for the food.

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Microwave.

 

And then Jean has a hot bowl of food and a fork.

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He continues to make no motion towards it. (He does watch the microwave intently.)

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...okay.

He microwaves his own and brings both bowls back out to the table, watching Jean to make sure he follows.

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Jean follows him, sits back down. Doesn't touch the food.

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This part is always tricky.

Kyou takes a very careful bite of everything in his own bowl.

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