next to you :: axel, petra

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    Poppy Selway-Sommers
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    next to you :: axel, petra

    Post by Poppy Selway-Sommers on Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:33 pm

    A week had passed since Poppy had been discharged from the hospital, and her parents had finally agreed to let her leave the estate alone. She'd heard various excuses from her mom over the last few days, many of which irritated Poppy, but she was ready to put that all behind her now that she was free.

    Now it didn't matter that her parents and Sansa were so over the top about Poppy talking about her thoughts and feelings, now she wouldn't be stuck in the house, listening to her parents and daemon rattle on about how she was deflecting her trauma to focus on Axel. It wasn't true--not at all. She couldn't help that she wasn't as affected by the night in the barn as they thought she should be. And she'd liked Axel before that night.

    It wasn't that she minded her parents feeling anxious over her (on the contrary, Poppy had always loved being coddled), but she was just so ready to go visit Axel.

    She'd snuck down to his room often while they were in the hospital together, but once they'd been discharged she hadn't been able to see him. He was still on the island though; he and his mom were staying at a hotel in town, close to his PT office. She'd spoken to him a few times on the phone, and she'd told him that her parents were finally letting her come visit. They'd decided that Poppy would take Axel on a little tour of her city, and she was excited. He'd told her before that he wanted to visit, and while she wished it was under different circumstances she was happy to show him around her home.

    So now here she was, a smile on her face, knocking on the door of his hotel.

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    Axel Lovison
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    Post by Axel Lovison on Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:23 pm

    Axel was so fucking glad to finally be out of that hospital. The white, sterile environment been suffocating, the constant check-ins from doctors and nurses and been annoying and invasive, and worst of all, he hadn't been allowed to smoke. Now he and his mom were holed up in a hotel, and a nice one at that. So nice, in fact, that Axel wondered who was footing the bill for it. His mom was only just starting back up at work again after missing over a week, and he wouldn't be working again till his leg was better. How were they going to pay rent?

    He'd asked his mom this exact question, and every time she told him the same thing: "Don't worry about it." It was honestly getting on his nerves a little. He felt condescended to, like a little kid who had no business asking about adult matters. Just because he'd been through what he'd been through didn't mean he had to be coddled now. Now that he thought about it, there were a lot of things like that now, little things that just agitated him more than usual.

    Well, at least today he had something to be in a better mood about. Poppy was coming over, and then she was gonna show him around town a little bit. Maybe that was what he needed; to get out and do something finally. He was just going a little stir crazy.

    "So can you like, be nice to Poppy when she gets here?" he asked his mom. Though she hadn't said it out loud (yet), it was so, so obvious that she didn't like him being involved with Poppy.

    "She's not staying long, right?" she asked, not answering his request. "I don't need to have a conversation with her." Axel rolled his eyes, which in the past would have resulted in a rebuke or possibly a smack upside the head, but his mom had been trying to be nice (or as nice as she was capable of being) to him lately so she ignored it. There was a brief, awkward pause. "Listen, Axel--"

    There was a knock at the door.

    ---

    Petra nearly snapped at Axel when he rolled his eyes at her, but bit her tongue at the last second. She was still worried about his emotional state. Though he seemed to be acting normal, every once in a while he'd make a little comment, or get a look on his face that things weren't alright. He was also moody as fuck, but that was understandable, she supposed.

    They hadn't talked about what had happened, or what he was going through now. They had just never had the type of relationship where they talked openly about feelings or any of that crap. Even when he was little, she'd never been the one to comfort him when he'd been upset or hurt. That had been Pia.

    So what was she supposed to do now? He needed to know that he had one parent who loved him unconditionally and only wanted what was best for him, but she just didn't know how to express that. "Listen, Axel--"

    There was a knock at the door. Aaaaand the girl was here. Paisley's girl. If Petra was being honest, it wasn't the fact that it was Paisley's daughter that Axel was getting involved with (though of fucking course it would be.) It was the fact that she knew there was no way Axel was in a good mindset to jump into something with this, or any, girl right now. Hell, all his relationships had been disasters before going through hell in that barn. Like mother like son, hah.

    She opened the door, since Axel was still pretty limited when it came to moving around. Sure enough, Paisley's daughter was standing there smiling like a ray of goddamn sunshine. "Hey Popalop!" Axel called from the bed behind her. Petra stood to the side to let her come in.
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    Poppy Selway-Sommers
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    Post by Poppy Selway-Sommers on Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:01 pm

    "Hi!" Poppy said brightly as Axel's mom opened the door. "I'm Poppy--" she started to introduce herself before she heard Axel call her name from somewhere inside the hotel. Poppy looked around Axel's mom as she stepped to the side and smiled wide at Axel. He was already looking much better than he had the last time she'd seen him.

    "It's so good to see you outside of that hospital!" she told him, walking over to the couch where he was sitting and giving him a hug. "How is your leg?"

    She remembered suddenly that she hadn't really spoken to Axel's mom and turned back to her when she released Axel from the hug. "I'm so happy you guys decided to stay on Nadar while Axel goes to physical therapy!" She smiled at her.
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    Post by Axel Lovison on Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:28 pm

    "Oh, you know. Still broken," Axel said, gesturing towards his useless lump of a leg after Poppy pulled back from their hug. "Doc says I can start putting weight on it soon."

    Poppy turned back towards his mom, all smiles. Oh, here we fucking go.

    Popalop wrote:"I'm so happy you guys decided to stay on Nadar while Axel goes to physical therapy!"

    "Not like we had a choice," his mom said shortly. Gods, it was like she was physically incapable of basic social niceties. "The day we leave this island can't come soon enough."

    "Well sorry that you're stuck here because of me," Axel said. His tone was joking but there was a slight edge to it. She looked at him but before she could say anything, he looked at Poppy and said, "You ready to go, Poppy?"
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    Post by Poppy Selway-Sommers on Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:00 pm

    Poppy kept a smile on her face but couldn't helped be a little shocked by Axel's mom's cutting tone and flippant words. Had she said something wrong?

    Axel wrote:Well sorry that you're stuck here because of me. You ready to go, Poppy?

    Poppy turned back to Axel, choosing to carefully overlook the way Axel responded to his mother. "Yeah! You said you had a wheelchair somewhere, right?" She looked around and saw it in the corner, and then wheeled it over to him.

    "I get to be your chair chauffeur," she said happily. "I hope you're ready!" She was not-so-secretly giddy about the fact that she'd get to help him around. Obviously she wanted his leg to get better, but she liked that she would be part of the process of helping him travel in the meantime.
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    Post by Petra Lovison on Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:07 am

    So it turned out that Paisley's daughter was exactly like Paisley, right down to being way too happy and cheerful when there was little to be happy or cheerful about. Why. Although, Petra reminded herself, this Poppy girl had faced down Cillian in that barn alongside Axel and Elias, so maybe the nauseating cheeriness was just overcompensation.

    Axel wrote:"Well sorry that you're stuck here because of me."

    Petra went to retort but Axel immediately moved on from the comment and asked Poppy if she was ready to go. Goddammit. She really needed to have a talk with this kid, but now wasn't the time. So instead, as Poppy clumsily "helped" Axel into the wheelchair, she just said, "Don't do anything stupid while you're out."

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    Popalop wrote:"I get to be your chair chauffeur. I hope you're ready!"

    Poppy was clearly way more enthusiastic about Axel being stuck in a wheelchair than he was. His physical therapist had said it wouldn't be too long before he could start getting around on crutches, and it couldn't happen soon enough. "Born ready," he said, as Poppy helped him awkwardly transition from the couch to the chair.

    Mom wrote:"Don't do anything stupid while you're out."

    "I'll try not to, but you know me," Axel said as Poppy started pushing him to the door. Man, what he wouldn't give to be in Dian right now so he could easily move the damn thing by himself.
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    Post by Poppy Selway-Sommers on Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:12 am

    "It was nice meeting you!" Poppy said quickly as she rolled Axel to the door. "Bye!" It, of course, was not exactly as nice to meet her as it was awkward but whatever. They were FREE now.

    As soon as they got outside and away from whatever air conditioning Amelia uses, it got quite warm. Sure, it was nearing winter, but on Nadar that had never seemed to matter. Actually the winter months usually meant that island was more humid than normal if the trade winds weren't blowing.

    "So! What should do we first?" Poppy asked, wheeling him away from the hotel and down the path that led to city center. Most clio who came to Nadar were interested in the beaches or the jungle, but Axel had lived in Ughdarras with plenty of beaches (though they were not quite as nice as Nadar's, in Poppy's opinion) and also could not explore the jungle via a wheelchair.
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    Post by Axel Lovison on Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:57 am

    Well, the meeting between Poppy and his mom could have gone worse. He was glad Poppy was as eager to get outta there as he was.

    "What? I dunno," Axel said with a slight laugh. Poppy had told him she would be showing him around, he didn't know what or where anything was. They were also pretty limited in what they could do because of his leg situation. No tree climbing or canopy walks for them. "Show me some of your favorite places, I guess.

    "And uh, I can push this," he said, gesturing to the wheels of the chair. He leaned back and looked up so that he was looking at Poppy upside-down and gave her a half-smile. "You don't hafta to all the hard work."


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