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    Post by Wilder Nightsong on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:01 pm

    Wil sat on the fire escape, a flower in her palm. It open and closed gently, bending under Wil's guidance. She gazed down, watching the road for Grey. He'd been out today, a few districts over, trying to find things to help get them through the impending winter. The apartment was a blessing--but most of Wil's paycheck went to keeping its roof over their head, which meant Grey was still in charge of collecting a lot of food.

    Inside their apartment, Lotus, the boy Wil had found earlier that evening, slept on the mattress Grey and Wil shared. She could hear him snoring from the permanently cracked window. He was the reason Wil was watching so intently for Grey. She wasn't sorry she'd brought Lotus home--but she also knew Grey would need a little...convincing.

    Soon enough, she saw him walking up the sidewalk. She took a breath and climbed back through the window, pulling it down behind her. She shoved a tattered blanket back into the gap between the window and the pane, hoping to keep out the late fall chill.

    She met Grey at the door when it swung open and smiled brightly. "Hi."


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    Post by Grey Nightsong on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:16 pm

    Grey was returning home (home--what a concept) after his meeting with an irritating yet intriguing girl in the city. He went to grab the doorknob, but before he could the door swung open to reveal Wil standing there with a huge smile on her face. Too huge. A guilty smile. He immediately met her smile with a frown.

    Wil wrote:"Hi."

    "What happened," he said so wearily it came out as a resigned statement instead of a question. He'd seen this look on Wil's face before, and it always ended up in a situation in which Wil had done something strange or annoying that Grey would have to deal with. For all his stubbornness and complaining, he really did give into Wil's whimsy more often than not.
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    Post by Wilder Nightsong on Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:37 pm

    Wil twisted her face into an animated incredulous look. Who me? she thought to herself. But yeah. Her.

    "Okay, okay, listen," she said, dropping the act pretty immediately and launching into the tale. "I was walking home from work, right? And I was making this daisy chain for you, you're welcome, but then..." She held her hands up like she couldn't help what happened next. "Then! Then I trip!"

    She took a breath. "There was a guy, bleeding, on the road! And he was, well, he was unconscious, so obviously I couldn't leave him there...you know?" She studied Grey's face as she continued talking, and could tell that this already wasn't going well. "So, I didn't really have a choice.

    "I brought him here."

    She stopped, wanting to give Grey a moment to process what she'd said so far.
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    Post by Grey Nightsong on Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:12 pm

    Grey listened to Wil's story silently. Then he played what she'd said back over in his head, absolutely sure he must have missed something or heard wrong somewhere. Once his brain actually accepted that she had, in fact, said what she'd said, he put his hands up and shook his head in disbelief.

    "You--wait. You mean you--I mean, how did you even--wait." He tried to look past her into their apartment, but she was standing stubbornly in his line of sight. Was this guy in there now? "Wil. What are we supposed to do with a bleeding unconscious guy? Wait," he said for the millionth time. "What even happened to him? You just found him like that?" And brought him here. He was here, in their apartment. Some strange, mysteriously injured guy.
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    Post by Wilder Nightsong on Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:11 pm

    "Yes," she answered. "I tripped over him, and he was just...there, on the ground. Bleeding all over the place. I had blood all over my clothes--I scrubbed them already--and I just...I couldn't just leave him there, Grey. He would have died. It was a miracle he wasn't dead already."

    She didn't know what else to say, really, but she did know she wanted Grey to accept the situation a little more before he saw Lotus. He wasn't the most innocent looking clio, she had to admit.
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    Post by Grey Nightsong on Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:20 pm

    "And he's better off here?" Grey asked incredulously. It wasn't as though he or Wil were medical professionals or anything. Sure, they'd patched up each others' cuts and whatnot in a pinch before, but that was a far cry from taking care of a mortally wounded guy. Supposedly mortally wounded, Grey reminded himself. Wil was probably exaggerating. If he would have died on the street, he would have died just the same in their apartment. "Why not drag him to a hospital and dump him off there? How'd he get hurt anyways?" He tried to look past Wil again. The way she didn't seem to want him to see the guy made him even more suspicious than he already was.
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    Post by Wilder Nightsong on Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:36 pm

    "The hospital?" Wil asked, scrunching her nose. It had turned them down many times before when they'd tried to receive help. No one did anything for free here; he'd been just as well off if she left him in the street.

    "He did wake up after I cleaned him up a little," she told Grey. "We...well, we don't know exactly what happened. He's got--what's that thing...that thing where you can't remember stuff? Grey, he can't even remember his name! He's in a lot of pain--whatever happened to him really messed him up."
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    Post by Grey Nightsong on Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:47 pm

    Grey narrowed his eyes. "That sounds fake," he said when Wil told him that this guy couldn't remember his own name. He knew it was a thing--amnesia or whatever--but it also sounded like something someone could easily fake. Like a scam artist. He was probably just using Wil's sympathy to get a free roof over his head.

    "And even if it's not fake, what are we supposed to do with him?" he asked, shaking his head. "We barely have enough food for ourselves."
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    Post by Wilder Nightsong on Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:01 pm

    "I don't know," she said honestly, obviously going with the it's not fake option. "Help him? I couldn't leave him there. I just couldn't." She knew they struggled day to day, but she also knew they were better off than they'd been a handful of months ago. If they'd survived then, they could definitely survive now.

    "I'll try to pick up more shifts at work," she said, grasping at straws. She couldn't kick Lotus out now, no matter what Grey said. "I just--we just... We can make it work. It's not like he's going to stay forever--just until he remembers who he is--until he gets back on his feet."
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    Post by Grey Nightsong on Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:12 pm

    "Ugh," Grey groaned. Wil's arguments were weak, but there was no way he was going to be able to convince her otherwise. It just wasn't in Wil's nature to not help someone in need, and he knew she'd sooner go without food herself than kick out this needy stranger. Especially if he really was as hurt as she said. "Fine. Can I at least come in and meet this mystery guy of yours if he's going to be living with us?" He was still wary of how Wil continued to block his view. What was she trying to hide about this guy?
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    Post by Wilder Nightsong on Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:50 pm

    Wil let out a sigh of relief when Grey basically agreed to let Lotus stay. She smiled brightly and hugged Grey. "Thank you."

    As she moved aside to let Grey into the apartment she watched him carefully. She wasn't sure if mentioning the millions of tattoos that adorned Lotus' body would be a good idea, or if she should just let Grey discover them for himself.

    She waited and watched as Grey caught sight of the sleeping Lotus and smiled nervously.
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    Post by Grey Nightsong on Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:17 pm

    Grey marched inside, and then stopped dead in his tracks when he saw the guy sleeping on their one and only bed. He certainly didn't fit the helpless clio picture Wil had been painting a moment ago. He was big, for one thing. Muscular. This guy definitely hadn't grown up hungry like them. He was also just covered in tattoos from the neck down, most of which added to his intimidating appearance.

    "Oh fuck no," Grey said, taking a step back. "Wil. He looks like a god damned gang member." He probably was a gang member. That was probably how he got hurt in the first place, some gang fight.
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    Post by Wilder Nightsong on Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:23 pm

    Wil walked past Grey and crouched on the floor next to the mattress. Lotus slept fitfully, Wil noticed. His hand was twitching, and earlier his feet had been moving like he was trying to run (disastrous for that poor leg of his).

    "I know it looks bad," Wil admitted, "but he's really...well... He's got a broken leg, and this big wound on his head," she said, gesturing to the largest problems Lotus had. "And when he was awake he was really sweet," she told Grey earnestly. "Lotus is...he's not how he seems like he'd be."
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    Post by Grey Nightsong on Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:37 pm

    Grey continued to eye the guy--"Lotus" or whatever--nervously. Although...strong and intimidating as he looked, even Grey had to admit he wouldn't be jumping up to attack them any time soon with those injuries. His leg was bruised, swollen and twisted. It hurt just to look at.

    "Well should we...do something about his leg?" he asked, cringing at the sight. He still didn't like this, not even a little bit, but if Wil was committed to taking care of this Lotus guy--and she obviously was, beyond all sense and reason--than he guessed he should at least try to help. "I mean you're not supposed to just leave it like that, right?"
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    Wil released a sigh. The worst was over, now that Grey had seen and accepted that Lotus was here. Now they could work together to help him. No matter how stubborn Grey thought he was, he had a good heart. Wil loved him more than anyone in the world, this brother of hers. She was so thankful for him.

    They got to work, trying to straighten the leg out. It had been something Wil wasn't able to do alone--it was at a sickening angle, and any time Wil had tried to touch it Lotus would jerk in his sleep. Together they were able to hold it straight as possible, and tie a stick to it to keep it aligned.

    Wil stepped back to look at their work when she noticed that Lotus' eyes were fluttering. Was he waking up?
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    Post by Lotus (Spenser Reyes) on Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:50 pm

    When Lotus fell asleep, his dreams were flooded with scenes of tattooed arms, blood, broken bones, and screaming. He was running from something, a bear maybe. Its laugh was loud and threatening. It caught up to him, and reached out with not claws, but large tattooed clio hands. It bit into his leg, and the pain surged through his entire body. It clawed its way up his body, and was about to take a bite out of his face when...


    ...Lotus woke up suddenly, a howl of pain and fear escaping his mouth. Tears sprung to the corners of his eyes, and he searched frantically around the room for Wil. He had already forgotten about his nightmare. Now he only knew that it hadn’t been pleasant.

    “Wil,” he whimpered, reaching out to her. She was the only thing that brought him comfort right now, though he’d only known her for a very short period of time.

    He didn’t notice the boy standing behind her, until he felt Senua’s weariness of the boy. He glanced at him, but immediately looked back to Wil.

    “It hurts,” he said, sounding pathetic.
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    Post by Grey Nightsong on Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:14 pm

    Grey was cringing the entire time they "fixed" Lotus' leg, feeling the entire time like they were making things worse. But--but they had to straighten it out, right? So it would heal straight? Lotus stayed mercifully unconscious while they worked, only waking up at the very end with a scream that made Grey jump back. Wil did the opposite, rushing to Lotus' side.

    His and Lotus's teary eyes met for a moment, before he turned to Wil for comfort. As intimidating as Grey had thought he looked before, now he just looked like a scared child.

    "Should I...help?" he asked Wil, standing back and at a loss of what he should do.

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    Post by Wilder Nightsong on Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:59 pm

    "I'm sorry!" Wil said quickly, apologetically. "We--we had to set it. It was already healing the wrong way." She grimaced, feeling terrible for the pain they'd caused him. She couldn't imagine what that must have felt like--and thinking about it made her feel sick.

    "This is Grey, my brother," she said, looking up at Grey. She shrugged slightly, letting Grey know that she had absolutely no idea what she was doing, either, before looking back to Lotus. He was sweating and obviously still in agony.

    "It's going to be okay," she told him (despite knowing nothing of the sort). She put a hand on his back and rubbed in a circle. "Can I--should I--get you some water?"
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    Post by Lotus (Spenser Reyes) on Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:57 pm

    Lotus glanced back up at the boy who he now knew as Grey for a second when Wil introduced him, but he said nothing. All he could focus on was the pain in his leg. It felt like a thousand sharp knives were continuously being stabbed into his leg, over and over again, and the pain radiated up and down his entire body. He grabbed at the edge of the mattress he sat on, his knuckles turning white. He groaned deeply, his jaw clamped tightly shut, his lips pulled back, flashing his teeth that were locked together. He started to focus on his breathing, in through the nose, out through the mouth. He felt the gentle circles on his back from Wil's hand. He had to focus on anything else but the pain.

    Finally, after what felt like a lifetime, the pain had mostly subsided, and Lotus felt like he could finally relax. He sighed, all the tenseness leaving his body.

    "Water," he finally said with a nod, his voice sounding raspy. "Water would be nice."

    When Wil left to get the water, Lotus finally looked back up at Grey, actually looking at him this time. The weariness returned, but only because he sensed that he was not wanted there. It felt awkward.

    "Hi," he finally said.
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    Post by Grey Nightsong on Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:16 pm

    Grey grimaced as Lotus shook and groaned from the pain. He still wasn't happy he was here, but he couldn't help but feel sympathy for Lotus as he stood there watching him suffer without being able to do much about it. Luckily Wil knew how to be a comforting presence, and managed to talk Lotus through some of the pain before running to get him some water from their leaky sink.

    "Hi," he said back, looking Lotus in the eye. "Wil told me you don't remember anything."

    Whether or not it was true, Lotus' presence here still made Grey nervous. His injuries had to have come from another clio. What if whoever had done it was still looking for him, and found him here? Grey and Wil had always steered very clear of the career criminals in Stonecraft, and this guy looked like he had been one of them, whether he remembered it or not.
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    Post by Lotus (Spenser Reyes) on Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:50 pm

    "Not a thing," he replied, nodding slightly. "All I know is that her name is Senua."

    Lotus motioned a shaky thumb toward his daemon, who had her long legs folded up underneath her, her head resting on his good leg. She really had nothing to say, it was hard knowing how to respond to anything when your clio didn't even remember who he was.

    He felt so awkward and exposed, sitting on that small mattress, in front of this stranger. It was a relief when Wil returned with a glass of water. Now he wouldn't have to force conversation with Grey. He thanked Wil for the water, and chugged it greedily. It tasted metallic, and it was slightly murky, but it did the trick.

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