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And here I thought I was the only one.
Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:47

"Don't worry." She grinned at him and winked before returning her gaze upwards. "Your secret's safe with me." This time she hadn't even said anything particularly interesting and yet for some reason he was still calling her a poet. Wondering about it as she waited patiently for him to make his way through his words, the thought vanished as soon as that question fell from his mouth, and she felt herself freeze.

Curiosity, she repeated, her voice sounding faint even in her mind. Yes, there was plenty of that going around. But enough to banish a lifetime's way of thinking? She wasn't certain. As long as Lee could remember, she'd refused to let anyone, and guys in particular, get close to her. Especially in that way. The last ones that had wanted in had tried to take advantage of her in the same way her stupididiotmother let herself be taken advantage of; the group of boys had come out of it with empty hands and black eyes and stories that kept the rest of the male population of her school at bay for her remaining years there, but she'd been left seriously shaken up. It was just as she'd been taught: Value your independence, your honour, above all else. Never let anyone or anything get close enough to you so as to make you lose your control over yourself, because once you do that, your life is taken out of your hands, and you'll have nothing. Briefly, her eyes flickered over to him. She had stuck to it all this time, had sworn to stick with it, and despite that, there was still curiosity. Maybe she was reading too far into this. He really didn't seem that bad, and he hadn't jumped her yet or anything. Maybe it was time to try and let go of the past, see if there was some small way to integrate the old with the new.

And maybe curiosity really did kill the cat.

She turned to face him, thinking it over one last time before she spoke. "Curiosity is natural. In fact-" Her throat seemed to tighten, her body's last efforts to take back the words, but she ignored it as best she could and pressed on relentlessly. "-I've some of my own, actually. Be nice to get it sorted out." The corner of her mouth quirked up slightly, and a bit hesitant, she continued, "So I'll tell you what. You give me some sort of name to call you by, and I'll go with you to dinner. Or something. Sound like a deal?"

  • Right now I guess I'm my own worst enemy.Calix, Mon Jan 31 01:39
    "Incredibly nice?" He raised a brow, raising a finger to his lips, face deadpan. "Shh. Don't tell anybody. Would ruin my rep." He watched her transfigure something beautiful out of his cigarettes and ... more
    • And here I thought I was the only one. — Liana, Mon Jan 31 12:47
      • He wasn't quite ready to trust his own ears. A broad grin spread across his face but he ducked his head and took one more puff to hide it. "Calix." He looked up, tongue pressed up against his teeth... more
        • Very good indeed. I'm proud of you. xDLiana, Mon Jan 31 22:23
          At the look on his face, a wider smile spread across her own. He seemed to be so tense all the time, and whenever he laughed or smiled like he was doing now, it was such a huge change in him, she... more
          • Walking away now. Walking away.Calix, Sat Feb 5 00:45
            "Surprise you..." He repeated slowly. "All right. I think I can manage that." Part of him was relieved by the lifted pressure, but another part of him felt disappointed. Dates were supposed to be... more
            • Watching you walk away.Liana, Sat Feb 5 18:48
              She shifted closer to Calix as he pointed his wand towards the cigarette, extremely curious to see what he was going to do. Her dark eyes tracked every move of his wand and the response of the... more
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