Jun 15, 2019 4:35 PM
flo and sarah in aurum
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Flo zips to the wall facing the stairs, and settles in to wait for her to come back.

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Time goes on. Hours pass.

Days.

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The first day, Flo was patient. The house, after all, was in the middle of nowhere. It would take some time to get to anywhere with a blood bank and back. 

The second day, Flo was worried. There was so much that could've happened to her, that he could've protected her from if he had just gone with her. 

The third day, Flo managed to make it up to the last two steps, before he was overwhelmed with the smells, the pain of going up there-
And so he just went back to the wall, leaning against it, telling himself to be okay with the fact that she had gone. It was the right decision, after all. 

Then the blankness took back over.

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-- he smells blood.

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Flo jerks upright, eyes wide. 

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Sarah sits a few metres away, holding a bag of blood in her hand. Flo can see that's she's a little bruised, her lip is split and the bags under her eyes need their own passport, but she smiles at him softly when their eyes meet.

"Hey there, stranger. Miss me?"

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Yes, so much, but what the hell happened?” 

He wants to go for the blood, the smell is so tempting, but the state of Sarah’s face has made him almost nauseous with worry. 

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She throws him the bag.

"Explanation later, drink -- eat, whatever -- first."

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He does, and... 

Wow. He really didn’t consider how bad his thirst actually was. And the blood- weird that he’s drinking someone’s actual blood, his rational brain says- quenches it far better than water ever did when he was alive. 

He stops himself before he starts licking the inside of the bag. 

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-- she throws him another bag.

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Flo catches it. “You really came back prepared, didn’t you?”

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"Well, figured I should go all out. Couldn't do any less. Not for you."

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Flo looks up at her in wonder for a moment. “For me,” he repeats quietly. 

Then he busies himself with draining the second bag. 

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He feels much better. Stronger, even. He tosses the empty bag away, and then zips forward, closer to Sarah, but still with some space between them. 

"Now. Please. Tell me what happened." The words feel strange in his mouth.

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Sarah blinks, and leans closer to him, drawn to him and his words. She should tell him everything.

"My aunt caught me when I got back into town. Forced me to go back to her house, locked me up. I broke out though. Kinda hurt myself in the process. The cage is supposed to keep me in, but only really during the full moon when I have no human mind."

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"She does what!?" The words don't have that same strange feeling in his mouth, but he barely takes note of that, suddenly and completely furious that anyone dared to keep Sarah from him- 

and to lock her up?

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"I'm a mindless beast during the full moon. The cage is so I don't hurt or kill anyone..."

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"Did you choose that, though? Were you given any other options?"

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"What other options are there?"

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"There has to be a better way than forcing you into it. There has to be. You said she forced you."

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"It's not the full moon. I had to help you. But eventually... it always ends that way. I run away, the full moon approaches, and I always end up crawling back to her and that cage. I hate it. But --"

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"Then don't go back."

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She hesitates.

"It's a lot. I'm strong. Maybe even stronger than you are. And I'm completely without humanity. If I hurt you. Or someone else..."

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"So we'll find a way to keep you safe- keep others safe, if that's what you're worried about- here. Don't go back.

"Please."

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