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Jun 05, 2020 8:16 AM
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"Luca. He's... quiet, honest, angry. Likes fighting, hates hurting people who don't deserve it. Likes music - people who say we look and sound the same have never heard him sing - and reading. He's..."

He goes quiet for a moment.

"...If they'd decided to draw me instead of him, he would have volunteered in my place, too. And then he would have died, because he's too honorable, too good, and too straightforward to win even now, let alone when we were twelve."

Another pause, as he turns his head slightly to kiss her fingers. Then, he sighs, "He burns, at everything that's wrong with this country. If we didn't have a long-term plan he'd probably have been caught doing something dangerous and short-sighted by now." 

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"He sounds - amazing. Familiar. I hope I get to meet him."

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He laughs quietly. "I did say you remind me of him." Pause, "I'll introduce you to him, too," he promises. 

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"Do we have time for that? With the, you know, battle to the death that's forthcoming."

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"Oh, I meant after. If he was ever in the capitol during the games..." He shakes his head, "He tries to stay away from the place in general, actually." 

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"Smart. Unfortunately for us..." She sighs and runs her thumb over his split lip. "We should do something about this."

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"I'm sure if you keep kissing it it'll get better eventually."

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She laughs. "Oh, is that how it works?"

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"I've heard it's a common cure! It never seems to work when I do it myself," he muses, running the tip of his tongue over it, and then sucking his bottom lip into his mouth. "I guess it's a little hard to kiss yourself on the lips, though." 

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"I suppose you'd be the expert with that."

She kisses him then, sufficiently convinced.

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Success!

(His lip is actually bleeding a bit again, from all the worrying at it he'd just done. He doesn't seem to mind.)

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She also doesn't mind. Very much not.

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Really? Not at all? How about this little gasping noise he makes as he shifts against the counter at his back, putting pressure on a bruise? Does she mind that?

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...she smiles and puts more pressure against him. Also adding a little teeth to the mix. She really doubts that lip is going to heal anytime soon.

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Probably not. Oh well, the slight coppery tang really only enhances the experience. 

Pressing him back against the counter gets her another little hurt gasp, and then a shuddery exhale. He tightens his grip on it, trying not to lean too far into her and put too much weight on her smaller form. 

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She lets this continue for a few minutes longer, then licks her lips.

"Is there anything we need to be doing now, or can I keep kissing you?"

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-Right, he really needs to be at least a little responsible here.

"Depends," he says, swallowing hard as he looks up at the ceiling, trying to focus, "Are you going to stay here tonight? If so, can you be up before your prep team descends after we arrive at seven tomorrow morning? If you can't, do you want people to know you were in here? Not sure if you meant the 'foribidden romance' idea as a joke or a suggestion. It could be a good way to play this, but it'll put us both in the position of being used as leverage against each other." 

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"They already have a whole lot of leverage against you already. Adding me to that..."

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"...It might already be too late for that, on my part. I'm going to keep you alive. That means going to people who will leverage me into doing or promising whatever they demand in return for their support. At least one of them will know I'm compromised, if not as soon as I start talking about you then by the time I'm finished." 

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"I suppose that's true." She nods and kisses him again. "I'll stay here tonight. With you. If you want me."

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"Mmm, please," he agrees. "If you're sure." 

...He licks his lip, tasting the split still there, "We should deal with my lip before we get distracted again. Unless you'd rather we leave it forn now," he offers with a slight smile. 

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"It's a good look on you."

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"So I've been told," he murmurs. 

...He nods at the shower, "Wanna start there? I hear it's quite the experience, the first time you take a shower in one of these. I bet could we make it even more memorable."

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Calla runs her hand through his hair and rests it on the back of his head. She looks at him fondly.

"I'm good for now. Mostly I want to get to know you. Sex is one way, I suppose, but not the only way."

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He blinks, his surprise obvious, and then he smiles, "Oh. Okay." 

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