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Re: Bird Song [p, Zap] [M: L]

Postby Mousen Heath » 06/30/2016 6:08 PM

Russ smiled. Finnian was strange, but he was... well, there was something that seemed to genuine and kind, but subdued too. Russel couldn't quite work him out. He was still determined to find out what had gone on by the lake, what had gone on with Aonbharr. Despite that, he didn't trust himself to bring up the boy's guardian and question Finnian about him. Of course, he could be jumping to conclusions, Russell had been a bit out of it last time he'd seen Aonbharr, what if he was misremembering? "How long have you been living here?" Russell asked, hoping it was an innocuous question. "It's a nice spot, I'm surprised you don't get more visitors." Then again... had Russell ever seen anyone down here? He'd walked by the lake a few times, and he'd always been surprised by how quiet it was.

The boy's eyes lit up briefly with concern, but whatever had been up with Finnian seemed to be no more than a cold shiver. "Lapin, yes. I used to suffer from very bad fits as a child. By the time I turned twelve I had to be removed from school. For awhile it really didn't look good." He fidgeted a little as he spoke, Russ was used to repeating this story, but tended to shy away from explaining how ill he'd actually been. It didn't seem real, somehow, all of these years on. "Lapin was a very old friend of my parents, they'd lost contact so didn't realize he'd become a specialist in cases like mine. His treatment saved me, I haven't had a fit since. Recently Lapin changed my prescription, but I had an adverse reaction to it, that was what you saw by the lake." Russ regretted having to lie outright, but it wasn't as if he could confess the truth. Lapin was not an old friend of his parents, Russ, too young to be that ill had summoned Lapin and made a deal. Lapin was a creature of the mind, of thought, he'd been the perfect fit for Russ's problem, and by effectively signing over his magical talent to Lapin, the creature had been able to create itself a physical form, if one that was entirely dependent on Russel's continued existence.
I look out the window somedays, I see a million ways, and that's fine.
I didn't dance how I wanted to dance, I did a bit of prance, and that's fine.

Take your guess, spurious at best.
Can't you see its all just chaos?

I breathe in and then I breathe out, I've got a trillion doubts, and that's fine.
I took a road that wasn't a road but it was something I chose, and that's fine.

Take your guess, spurious at best.
Can't you see its all just chaos?


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Re: Bird Song [p, Zap] [M: L]

Postby zapdragon555 » 07/21/2016 6:05 PM

Still a little puzzled as to what that strange burning sensation had been, Finnian was a little bit out of it when Russ posed his next question. "How long? Ahh..." Finnian echoed him just to properly etch the question into his brain and think on it, frowning slightly when he couldn't answer right away. "I... can't imagine it's been a short time. I think I've lived there for quite awhile... I have a poor memory. Faulty parts I guess," he chuckled in the sheepish way that implored Russ not to worry.

He listened attentively when Russ began to explain his past with this Lapin fellow, and Finnian's eyes grew soft, a quiet worry in them. "What an amazing doctor," he mused softly, smiling to himself. "I'm definitely glad you're better. Adverse reactions aside," he added with a renewed chuckle. "I guess it's serendipitous, if it let us meet. N-not that I'm happy about you passing out for several days in the slightest." He seemed earnest in his last sentence, brows knitting. "But... thank you for meeting me out here, again." His voice had grown soft, gaze flicking down to his pale, folded hands in his lap. "I liked talking to you very much, before."







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Re: Bird Song [p, Zap] [M: L]

Postby Mousen Heath » 09/19/2016 8:19 PM

Strange again. It didn't seem as if the other boy could give a straight answer to anything. It wasn't that he minded this dreaminess, in fact, Russ found it charming. Still, it seemed strange that there wasn't something concrete that Finnian could give him. Russ smiled. "Do you remember moving in?" he said, his tone still light.

"He tries." Definitely amazing for a Doctor, less so for a demon. Sometimes Russ wondered if he'd held out that little bit longer whether or not any of the new medications that had since come about would have helped. He'd been exhausted, though, and ready to give up with it all. He'd made the decision, and at the time it had seemed like the only one available. "Thank you. It shouldn't happen again."

Huh. Serendipity huh? It did seem a little that way. Russ had passed by the lake several times, and he'd never come across Finnian before. It seemed like the right person appeared at the right moment. Perhaps, like Finnian at the lake, he could also be the right person at the right time, and figure out what had gone on Finnian and Aonbharr and everything else. (Or, he was letting himself indulge in daft romantic twaddle again.) "Well, some good did come out of it."

Russell looked at the pale boy beside him and wondered what the hell he was doing, and on who's account was he doing it. Finnian was gentle and shy and caring, a strange, soft-spoken angel of a boy and he- Oh. Well, then perhaps Russ knew who he was doing this for, but what was he doing? Trying to figure out what happened? Trying to help? Or was he just creating more trouble? "Part of me wondered if you were going to be here, you know. After what happened when I left." Well, he may as well bite the bullet.

Russ tried to meet Finnian's gaze. "I enjoyed talking to you too."
I look out the window somedays, I see a million ways, and that's fine.
I didn't dance how I wanted to dance, I did a bit of prance, and that's fine.

Take your guess, spurious at best.
Can't you see its all just chaos?

I breathe in and then I breathe out, I've got a trillion doubts, and that's fine.
I took a road that wasn't a road but it was something I chose, and that's fine.

Take your guess, spurious at best.
Can't you see its all just chaos?


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Re: Bird Song [p, Zap] [M: L]

Postby zapdragon555 » 09/23/2016 2:28 PM

Finnian blinked slowly at the question given to him. "No, I... don't," he admitted softly, shaking his head. This did seem to trouble him for a few moments, as the gears in his brain seemed to turn, attempting to shake off immovable cobwebs that blocked his memory. His thumb rubbed over a streak of dried paint on his arm, watching it flake and crumble off with a blank look on his face. He looked up, eyes on the lake, when Russ continued to speak, his brows barely knitting together. Then his expression softened, but sobered. "I said I would be here," he murmured, thumb pressed to the area of skin the paint had fallen off of, as if to cover up the new imperfection in the pattern.

It was difficult for Russ to meet the pale boy's eyes, but eventually, the latter relented. He turned his head to stare at Russ, his expression pained. "I'm sorry for how I acted, when I left. I really... don't know what came over me..." He spoke as though he were telling the truth, but perhaps didn't quite know the entire truth himself--and felt guilty that he couldn't divulge what he did not know or understand.







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Re: Bird Song [p, Zap] [M: L]

Postby Mousen Heath » 04/09/2017 8:17 PM

Strange. How very strange. Even if you didn't really remember the day itself, surely you'd have a vague impression left over. Russ tried to reach out a little, as cliche as it was, the magician's sixth sense did exist. Although since making his deal, Russ felt like he was wading through cotton wool. He could get a sense of the boy, an impression of the cool surface of the lake, and there was something else there, around. Something less like the pristine surface, and more like the dark water underneath.

"It didn't seem like you at all." Russ had a faraway look about him, he was lost in thought. "It's fine, really."

The boy seemed to come back to himself a little, resolved in whatever he'd been thinking through. He met Finnian's eyes, twisting round so he could face him directly. "Finnian, I have a question for you. I want to know if you've ever really thought about magic, about strange and impossible things. I guess, I want to know if you believe in them or not."
I look out the window somedays, I see a million ways, and that's fine.
I didn't dance how I wanted to dance, I did a bit of prance, and that's fine.

Take your guess, spurious at best.
Can't you see its all just chaos?

I breathe in and then I breathe out, I've got a trillion doubts, and that's fine.
I took a road that wasn't a road but it was something I chose, and that's fine.

Take your guess, spurious at best.
Can't you see its all just chaos?


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Re: Bird Song [p, Zap] [M: L]

Postby zapdragon555 » 05/02/2017 11:42 PM

Russell's initial response made Finnian's expression tighten with a kind of apprehension, feathers not fully flattened even with the other boy's assurance that things were alright. Surely if he himself felt that something was off, and Russell felt that something was off, then perhaps... something was off. He tried to ignore it, for the sake of agreeing with Russ that, at least for now, everything was fine. The lake was beautiful and the breeze was soft, a sensation that Finnian could barely feel on his skin.

(And yet he could see it as it rustled Russ' hair, and he knew it had to be stronger than what he felt. He hated noticing these things. They made the gears in his mind hurt something terrible.)

He straightened up ever so slightly as Russ turned to face him fully, his grip on his painted arm tightening a bit. The question he was met with was said with such earnestness that he had half a mind to answer right away. But he paused--trying to analyze the question. Whatever was being said, it felt important. But it was not phrased like a trap.

"Yes," he said simply, after a moment, his expression serious but soft. And gave no further explanation. "I definitely do. Yes."







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Re: Bird Song [p, Zap] [M: L]

Postby Mousen Heath » 05/21/2017 5:48 PM

A small smile tugged at Russ's lips. That question had had no right answer, really, but Finnian had given him the correct one. Russ was going to do this thing properly, then. As he scooted forward a little, he was aware of edging in on Finnian's personal space. "Let me show you something impossible."

He'd have to be subtle, very subtle. Both Asa and Lapin would be spitting blood if they knew the risk he intended on taking. He focussed, drawing his finger gently along Finnian's paint covered arm. His hand was cool, but not as icy as Finnian. As he moved, the paint there shifted, moving, colours mixing and spiralling deeper into the patterns Finnian had painted. Slowly they twisted back into place and froze there.

"Its magic," he said simply. "I can't do much more than that though, or I'll get ill."

Russ wasn't sure if he should move out of Finnian's space, so he hovered awkwardly, one hand on the trunk of the tree they were sitting under. "I think you might be under a spell. I might be wrong, but we could try and find out."
I look out the window somedays, I see a million ways, and that's fine.
I didn't dance how I wanted to dance, I did a bit of prance, and that's fine.

Take your guess, spurious at best.
Can't you see its all just chaos?

I breathe in and then I breathe out, I've got a trillion doubts, and that's fine.
I took a road that wasn't a road but it was something I chose, and that's fine.

Take your guess, spurious at best.
Can't you see its all just chaos?


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Re: Bird Song [p, Zap] [M: L]

Postby zapdragon555 » 06/06/2017 9:52 PM

Their knees were brushing--Finnian could feel that slight pressure against his knees, that tangible, solid feeling that the breeze couldn't provide. He wanted to lean into it, but it would be improper to do so, no matter how much he sought out that grounded feeling.

Besides, there were more interesting things to focus on, like the finger trailing down his arm. Finnian needlessly took in a soft, sharp breath, his eyes widening as he watched the designs on his arm shift and dance along his skin as if they were alive. His eyes had a different quality to them, something beautiful and bright and alive, for just a few moments--and then the patterns stilled, and he turned his face up to Russ, beaming like the sun as he reached out and grasped Russ' hand tight in both of his. "That was incredible!" he exclaimed, his ice-cold hands still for a moment, before he loosened his grip, embarrassed by his own excitement. "I-I'd ask you to do it again, but I don't want you to get sick, hah..."

His face fell slightly, letting go of Russ' hand, his own hands hovering in the air for a moment before he laced them at his midriff and knitted his brows. He let out a slight laugh, shrugging and shaking his head. "I don't... I don't think you're far off," he admitted after a moment. "Since you're a magic user, I suppose you'll believe me if I say that Aonbharr has his tricks." He stiffened sharply, realizing he'd said the man's full name, and he clapped his hands over his mouth, fear flickering in his eyes as an awareness that wasn't his own crept into his bones. Someone was listening. He was listening. He quickly pressed one of his freezing hands over Russ' mouth to prevent him from speaking, his other one holding a finger in front of his own mouth for a few moments.

It passed, after a moment. Finnian let go of Russ and let out a soft breath of apology, cutting his eyes away, the light in his eyes replaced with a tired dullness. "Forgive me for that, please... He... he can hear, or... worse, if I say his full name, even if he's far away."







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Re: Bird Song [p, Zap] [M: L]

Postby Mousen Heath » 06/13/2017 7:07 PM

Finnian's hands were cold, but Russ didn't really notice. The contact was electric. He was such a ridiculous fool. He got crushes so easily, and this one on Finnian had caught him in its grasp. The way the boy's face lit up, his eyes, god, his eyes. It was doing something to his poor, sentimental heart. "Ah. Thank you! Maybe another time. Like I said, I can do little bits of magic." He'd already given Finnian the other explanation for his illness, perhaps he'd connect the two himself, but for now Russ wouldn't contradict himself. He wasn't sure Lapin would like others knowing the full extent of their connection.

Russ began to query what Finnian had to say when the boy's hand was clamped across his mouth, and this time, Russ did notice how cold he was. Worry knitted his brows together even after Finnian had explained what was wrong. "A lot of non-human creatures have that. Demons, faery-creatures, maybe even some spirits or gods, although I don't know much about them." His own demon, for instance. Lapin was just a short hand. His real name, his true name had been given up the day Lapin had bound the two of them together. "So. Yes. I believe you."

Russ stayed where he was, knees still bumping up against Finnian's. "I suppose the real question is: what do you want to do about it?"
I look out the window somedays, I see a million ways, and that's fine.
I didn't dance how I wanted to dance, I did a bit of prance, and that's fine.

Take your guess, spurious at best.
Can't you see its all just chaos?

I breathe in and then I breathe out, I've got a trillion doubts, and that's fine.
I took a road that wasn't a road but it was something I chose, and that's fine.

Take your guess, spurious at best.
Can't you see its all just chaos?


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