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Mark Pierre Vorkosigan ([personal profile] unmarred) wrote2014-11-11 09:29 am

slipped along the way

(from here)

So... up the stairs they go, mostly side by side. Mark lags by a step or two.

There is a persistent silence.



"I... didn't think you'd react the way you did," he says finally. "I mean, I thought you might—that there might be something there, but not that you'd actually."
thisvorlunatic: (⑦ negotiation)

[personal profile] thisvorlunatic 2014-11-11 03:12 pm (UTC)(link)
"And here I was starting to think you knew everything."
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[personal profile] thisvorlunatic 2014-11-11 03:17 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yes, well," says Stalas, "I'm not Miles or married."
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[personal profile] thisvorlunatic 2014-11-11 03:18 pm (UTC)(link)
"So—I admit I'm still unnerved by the part where you just know things—how much do you know?"
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[personal profile] thisvorlunatic 2014-11-11 03:29 pm (UTC)(link)
"Uh... yeah," says Stalas. "Right on all counts. That's - convenient, yet unnerving?"
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[personal profile] thisvorlunatic 2014-11-11 03:53 pm (UTC)(link)
...Stalas halts on the landing and looks back at him.

"Seriously? You'd be fine if I held a dagger to your throat, but not if I tried to clasp your hand?"
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[personal profile] thisvorlunatic 2014-11-11 03:58 pm (UTC)(link)
"...Presumably threatening to kill you with it, probably after extensive provocation, why else...?"

He begins to get an inkling of why else.

"Really? That's something people do?"
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[personal profile] thisvorlunatic 2014-11-11 04:02 pm (UTC)(link)
"Convenient yet unnerving. A little," he admits. "I'm not sure it's my thing exactly, but... I do like to fight."

And he is generating some interesting mental images, which he is trying not to dwell on in case Mark notices them somehow.
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[personal profile] thisvorlunatic 2014-11-11 04:07 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yes, let's... leave that one alone for now," says Stalas. "...Immediately disregarding my own advice: I'm not sure exactly where I'm getting the impression that you'd like to lose, but I'm definitely getting it. Is it a correct impression?"
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[personal profile] thisvorlunatic 2014-11-11 04:13 pm (UTC)(link)
"Wow," snorts Stalas. "So you can't actually pick my thoughts right out of my head, good to know. I'm happy to keep those to myself for a little while longer."
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[personal profile] thisvorlunatic 2014-11-11 04:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Now Stalas is blushing.
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[personal profile] thisvorlunatic 2014-11-11 04:18 pm (UTC)(link)
"Hush, you."

And there's his room. He opens the door, and in they go. Miraculously, it doesn't smell at all of darkspawn.



It's a bit lacking in places to sit that aren't the bed.
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[personal profile] thisvorlunatic 2014-11-11 04:27 pm (UTC)(link)
"Mark...? Are you all right? I don't know what - " He tentatively tries to draw his hand back.
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[personal profile] thisvorlunatic 2014-11-11 04:33 pm (UTC)(link)
"Besides how you're crushing my hand, I mean? Not usually," he says. "...But sometimes. Look, I don't—just tell me how to make it better. Please. If you even know."

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