I'd like to see you try
Tue Nov 21, 2017 23:08

He was surprised to observe how quickly the colour left Claudia’s face, though also not surprised at all, considering how their interaction so far had gone. Good Lord, was the girl really this easily spooked? Was that normal? Ruben admittedly didn’t spend much time with girls this young. He’d grown up with an older sister, not a younger one, and Dagny wasn’t exactly known for being a pushover - in fact, many of his fondest recollections of her from his own much younger years involved her using him for martial arts practice in a similar way as to how he used Anssi now. He couldn’t see Claudia doing anything like that. Then again, the only other little girl he had been around in recent memory was Marissa’s sister, who had enthusiastically and accidentally ploughed into his crotch, so maybe going based off other girls within a similar age range wasn’t the most accurate way to gauge whether or not Claudia’s current behaviour was normal.

Aside from her miniscule, ‘almost unnoticeable except he had sharp perceptive abilities and noticed everything’ physical reaction, Danny’s sister barely… did… anything. Even when she finally did something that could classify as an actual reaction, it was only to take a few teensy steps backwards. Ruben rolled his eyes a little, casually cracking all four of his left fingers back from within sturdy leather workout gloves. Well, this was boring. Satisfying, sure - it always was satisfying when someone new could confirm his intimidating reputation - but extremely boring. He almost preferred banter. At least her lack of engagement meant he could go back to his workout now.

...Though not quite yet, because Claudia had more words to say. Oh, goodie. Grinning, and not bothering to hide it since she had turned her back anyways, he moved on to his right fingers. “What do you say that for?” he quizzed her, his tone taking on a naturally sarcastic tilt. Ruben didn’t actually feel completely sarcastic, though. Maybe, like, seventy percent. He had nothing against Claudia, because he barely knew her, and he couldn’t imagine why she would have anything against him, barring his reputation and her overly timid response to it, but that wasn’t anything unusual. So what was it? “Have I done something to make you offended? Do share it, please, and give me a chance to fix it with you.” Having satisfied himself that his right hand was properly limbered up again, he wiped the lingering sweat off his forehead and tightened his gloves. It was high time for Round Two.

  • The we'll need to muzzle you - Claudia, Tue Nov 21 14:54
    The moment the words left her lips, Claudia stopped longing for the ground to swallow her up, and started wishing for instant death. Because even if she suddenly got transported somewhere calm and... more
    • I'd like to see you try - Ruben, Tue Nov 21 23:08
      • I have minions - Claudia, Wed Nov 22 08:18
        He’d said his part, why couldn’t he just let her leave? Claudia managed to take a few unsteady steps towards the exit. She had all the physiological symptoms that signalled fainting was imminent: her ... more
        • I'll take all of them on! - Ruben, Wed Nov 22 22:46
          Or apparently not, because the kid shouted out an answer to a question he hadn’t asked and then collapsed. Ruben had been facing her as she walked off, because that was the polite thing to do, much... more
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