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    take three :: lucina

    Post by Henrik Selway-Sommers on Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:00 pm

    The week had been a long one. Ever since he'd made plans with Lucina for this weekend,
    Henri had been unable to think about anything else. Today was the day, however, and despite his clammy hands and the uneasy feeling in his stomach, he'd actually managed to walk himself over to her dorm room. Now he stood outside her door, wondering why he was torturing himself in this way.

    Because you like her, Lydia said simply. She brushed against his legs, giving him a reassuring touch. It was a childish crush--text book, really, but it did make Henri want to spend time with Lucina, no matter how daunting the meetings seemed. Something about Lucina made her worth the effort it took Henri to stammer through their interactions. He avoided anything social at all costs, but here he was. Outside of her room.

    Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.

    Knock, knock, knock.

    Henri closed his eyes and waited for Lucina to open the door.
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    Post by Lucina Alkire on Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:20 pm

    Despite being annoyed with his oversensitiveness during their last encounter, Luce was still hoping to become friends with Henrik and get him to relax a little bit. He still seemed pretty terrified of her, which was a strange combination of cute, sad and annoying. But at the same time she could tell he was a nice, intelligent clio underneath it all. If he could just loosen up a bit, she was sure they could have a good time together.

    And if there was one way to get shy clio to loosen up a bit, it was with some good old liquid courage. Card games made for perfect drinking games, after all. Luce had already mixed and set out their drinks, knowing it would make Henrik less likely to try and refuse that way. A little manipulative, maybe, but she was sure he would never drink otherwise.

    As she waited she took a couple hits from a bowl she kept hidden in her room, standing over by the open window so the smell wouldn't linger. Hey, she wanted to relax tonight, too. When she heard a knock at the door, she quickly put it away in her desk drawer and went to go answer.

    "Hey!" she greeted, taking his hands and pulling him inside. "Come in. You ready to lose at some card games?"
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    Post by Henrik Selway-Sommers on Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:04 pm

    Henri's eyes shot open when the door did, but he barely had time to prepare himself or even worry, really, before Lucina was pulling him into the room.

    "Hey," he responded in a surprised and anxious sort of daze. He glanced around quickly, unsure how appropriate it was to be looking at her things. Not that he was actually, like, looking at her things or trying to analyze how she and her roommate lived or anything, in fact he was actively not looking at things to analyze them, but what if she thought he was trying to, like, pry into her personal life? Or something. Oh gods, his hands were clammy. They'd been clammy when he got here and Lucina had touched them.

    Lucina wrote:Come in. You ready to lose at some card games?

    "Yes," he said. "I mean. I." He panicked, not knowing how to answer something like that. WHY DID HE HAVE NO WIT? WHY DID HE HAVE TO BE SO BRAIN DEAD? "I yes." WHY.
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    Post by Lucina Alkire on Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:36 am

    Luce was starting to feel a bit happy and hazy from smoking before, and thus didn't pay too close attention to Henrik's flustered mess of a response. Instead, she just focused on "yes" part of it. "Well good, because you're going to," she told him.

    "So I was thinking we could play some blackjack, but with a twist," she said. "After each round, if the player loses, they have to drink. But if the dealer loses, then they have to drink. Sound good? Good." She intentionally left very little room for argument.

    She beckoned him over to the little area she'd set up with their cards and drinks.
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    Post by Henrik Selway-Sommers on Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:40 pm

    "Okay," Henri said, feeling very overwhelmed. A lot seemed to have happened in the last minute since Lucina had opened the door. Now he was being ushered to a spot on the floor where she'd set up the blackjack game she'd mentioned.

    He took a seat, crossing his legs and squeezing his knees with his hands. He was doing this. He was gonna play cards and make conversation and pretend like he was a normal clio with a normal social life and it was gonna be okay.

    And the alcohol? Lydia asked.

    Henri bit the inside of his cheek. He'd never had a sip of alcohol, not even once. His Uncle Paydon had thought it was funny to give sips to Senna and Poppy when they were all around 10--not enough to mess with their minds or anything, but just as sometime to make it seem like the kids were getting away with something. Henri had always declined, and Uncle Paydon and his friends had thought it was funny.

    It will probably help you relax a little, Lydia offered. And it wasn't illegal anymore, since they'd settled. There was nothing wrong with a drink or two.

    "I've never played this before," Henri said, relieved that the cards gave him something to talk about. It was so difficult for him to come up with things on his own.
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    Post by Lucina Alkire on Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:52 pm

    "It's easy," Luce assured him. "Here, I'll be the dealer..." She went on to explain the rules, about trying to get as close as possible to 21 without going over, and so on. Once that was out of the way, she dealt out the first hand. Luce got a face-up nine, and her face-down card turned out to be a ten. Not bad. Henrik was less lucky and got a seven and an eight.

    "What's it gonna be, Henrik?" she asked him.
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    Post by Henrik Selway-Sommers on Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:10 pm

    Henri looked at the hidden card Lucina had dealt him. An eight. From what he could see on the table, Lucina was already winning...but obviously he couldn't be sure what her face down card was. Running through the numbers in his head, he decided he might as well go for another card.

    "I guess, I'll... I'll take another card, please," he told her.
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    Post by Lucina Alkire on Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:26 pm

    "You can say 'hit me' when you want another card," Luce told him. He was so polite. "That's how the pros do it."

    She dealt him his third card, a queen. "Ooh, busted. Tough luck, now you have to drink." She smirked at him and nodded at the red cup by his side, a vodka soda.

    They continued to play, and once Henrik got the hang of the game it became pretty evenly matched. Henrik actually played very thoughtfully, clearly not just relying on blind luck like most clio did. Good, made it more fun that way.

    "Damn," she said after their latest round, which she had lost. She went to take a drink only to find her cup empty. "Oops! Haha. You need more, too?" she asked, getting to her feet. Upon standing she could feel a nice little buzz going, along with still being high from earlier. She was feelin' pretty good right about now.
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    Post by Henrik Selway-Sommers on Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:41 pm

    The alcohol was worse than expected, but because he had expected it to be bad he didn't choke. Even though he'd lost that first round, the fact that he hadn't coughed up the liquor made that a win in Henri's book.

    As they played, Henri spent a lot of time calculating moves in his head. Focusing on numbers helped him calm down, and after picking out patterns he felt more comfortable. He seemed to be getting the hang of the game, and was actually sort of enjoying himself as the rounds passed by. Eventually he didn't even mind taking sips of the nasty drink when he lost a round.

    His face felt warm, and his mind very cloudy by the time Lucina asked him if he wanted another drink. He looked into his cup and realized it was very nearly empty. Instead of handing her the cup with the remnants in it, he tipped the cup back and finished it. He blinked slowly after handing the cup to Lucina. The world seemed to tilt a little. It was a strange feeling, something he'd read about but had never experienced, himself.

    "Thank you," he told her, when she brought the cup back. He paused for a moment, looking down at the alcohol while Lucina took her seat back on the floor across from him. Then he looked back up at her and smiled a silly smile, his eyebrows raised a little. "I think I'm having fun," he said. It was funny. This whole thing was funny--it was a funny situation and he was drinking. "I think I'm drunk." He let out a short laugh and then sat his drink down so he could rest his forehead in his hands.
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    Post by Lucina Alkire on Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:51 pm

    Luce grabbed the now-empty cup from Henrik, and went and poured them each a new drink. When she came back and sat down, Henrik looked at her and--holy shit, was he actually smiling? A real smile? For like, the first time ever?

    Drunk Henri wrote:"I think I'm having fun. I think I'm drunk."

    And then he even laughed! "I have never ever heard you laugh before," Luce said, laughing too. "You really are drunk." She scooted over so that she was sitting next to him instead of across from him as he put his head in his hands. "You're not gonna pass out on me now, are ya?" She tilted her head and leaned down to try and get a better look at his face.
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    Post by Henrik Selway-Sommers on Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:44 am

    Henri shook his head, his face still buried in his hands. "Oh, jeeze," he said, trying to stop the world from spinning. Somehow the tilt was worse when his eyes were closed.

    He lifted his head and was surprised to see Lucina sitting right next to him. He felt himself get red at her closeness, but when he spoke he didn't stutter. "I've never been drunk before," he said truthfully. "This is...this is..."

    New, freeing, fun? He and Lydia tried to think, together, but couldn't find the right words. They were hidden somewhere in his brain, and his brain was an inebriated maze. He laughed at himself (completely surprising and startling), and then couldn't stop. Finally, when he did, he looked over at Lucina, who was still sitting there, looking at him.

    "You know, you're pretty," he said. She was pretty, but the words still surprised him as they tumbled out. There was a part of him that knew this would embarrass him later, but right now he just felt so loose and unhindered. Her eyes were beautiful; her eyebrows so heavily dramatic and so perfectly suited for her face. Henri had never put much stock into poetry, but now, looking at Lucina's face so closely, there was something poetic about the way her eyes matched her personality so completely.

    He leaned back to break eye contact and looked at the ceiling in her dorm. It seemed to revolve slowly. "You're nice, Lucina." Nice and pretty. Pretty and nice. "And you're good at cards! Wow, you're so good at cards." The compliments were childish, but he lacked for words.
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    Post by Lucina Alkire on Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:58 pm

    Lucina watched, amused, as Henrik had a drunk giggle fit. The little lightweight was quite a bit drunker than her, so she took some big gulps of her drink to try and play catch-up. She set her cup back down and looked up, right as Henrik looked back up at her. He was looking at her so intently that for a crazy second she thought he might actually kiss her.

    "You know, you're pretty."

    A pleased little smirk found its way onto Luce's face. "Oh?" she asked. Of course, she knew she was good-looking, but it was always nice to hear. "You think so?"

    "You're nice, Lucina. And you're good at cards! Wow, you're so good at cards."

    Luce laughed. "You're nice and good at cards too, Henrik. And you're cute! Look at you, and your cute hair." She reached over and mussed up Henrik's floofy hair.
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    Post by Henrik Selway-Sommers on Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:18 pm

    Henri probably would have blushed at the compliments if his face wasn't already red from the liquor. He felt his body tense for a half second as Lucina suddenly reached out and played with his hair. The last time anyone had touched him had been his parents, hugging him goodbye as he left for Redfern at the beginning of the year. And the only ones that messed with his hair like that were Senna and Uncle Paydon. Both of them because they knew it bothered him. For some reason when Lucina did it it wasn't so bad.

    "It's kinda wild," he told her, patting his hair down after she took her hand back. He'd never thought to describe it as cute, and still didn't think so. But it was nice (in a sort of embarrassing way) that Lucina did. "It's like my dad's."

    Henri took another drink from his cup, and stuck his tongue out in an exaggerated way. This drink was definitely stronger than his last. Despite the exaggerated expression, he took another drink. "Wow, this is awful," he laughed.
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    Post by Lucina Alkire on Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:28 pm

    "Wild and cute." Luce fluffed his hair again right after he finished patting it down.

    She then sat back, taking another long drink. "I never knew my dad. But I have my mom's hair," she told him casually. She grinned. "Though if I wanted to I could shave my head like my step-mom." Although she was joking, she had actually considered it before. It would be fun and shocking, and she knew she'd still look good.

    "Wow, this is awful."

    "Psh, you just don't know what tastes good yet," Luce said, waving her hand dismissively. "This is top shelf vodka, I'll have you know." It wasn't, it was the cheapest vodka she could find at the nearby corner store.
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    Post by Henrik Selway-Sommers on Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:35 am

    Henri tried to picture a close-shaven Lucina instead of trying to pat his hair back down again. He had a feeling it would make her already dramatic eyes even more pronounced.

    He lifted an eyebrow to her "top shelf vodka" comment. "It doesn't get any better than this?" He asked, looking into his cup. Though he had never spent much thought on alcohol in the past, he now found this disappointing. Regardless, he tipped the cup back and took another drink. It was disgusting, but freeing. Perhaps that was the draw.
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    Post by Lucina Alkire on Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:43 am

    Henrik wrote:"It doesn't get any better than this?"

    Luce started to laugh again, and couldn't stop right away. She had no idea why she found his comment so funny. Probably because she was high and drunk. Either way, something about the disappointed look on his face and resigned tone of voice was hilarious to her right now.

    "Actually I lied," she said, once she managed to stop. "That vodka was four doll hairs. But it gets the job done, right?"

    She thought about his comment and giggled again. "You looked so sad," she said, in between giggles, "when you thought there was no better vodka."
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    Post by Henrik Selway-Sommers on Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:55 pm

    Instead of shying away from her laughter like sober-Henri would have done, drunk-Henri found himself laughing a little alongside her. He wasn't sure why they were laughing, but he enjoyed it anyway. He so seldom laughed, so seldom felt so unabashedly happy.

    When Lucina calmed down and then spoke about the vodka being cheap after all Henri laughed some more. This time it was Lucina that chimed in with her own laughter, joining his already heavy laughing fit.

    Lucina wrote:You looked so sad...when you thought there was no better vodka.

    Henri's stomach hurt from laughing. He was laughing at himself, laughing at the situation. Laughing that Lucina was laughing at a silly thing he'd done. Henri had always thought it was a figure of speech--he'd never known the honest ache you could feel in your muscles from laughing too much, too hard.

    "I just--I was sad--" he said, trying to stop himself from laughing but failing. "Oh, gods, my stomach!" He pressed against his abdomen, but inwardly reveled in the feeling. This was amazing.
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    Post by Lucina Alkire on Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:05 pm

    Henrik's laughter made Luce laugh even harder. She was laughing so hard her eyes were fucking tearing up, over such a silly little comment that sober-her probably wouldn't have even found funny at all. "Oh my gods," she said, wiping her eyes with her sleeve. She held up her red plastic cup and tapped it against Henrik's. "Cheers! To cheap vodka." She threw her head back and finished off the rest of her drink.

    After the moment passed, Luce stood up abruptly. "I wanna go on a walk. Wanna go for a walk?" she asked. She held her hands out to help him to his feet. Drinking always put her in the mood to explore.
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    Post by Henrik Selway-Sommers on Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:24 pm

    By the time Henri finished his second cup, his head was spinning again. So he was a little shocked when Lucina suggested

    I wanna go on a walk. Wanna go for a walk?

    He let himself be pulled to his feet before he answered. "Wait--you want to, like, walk somewhere?" It came out improperly, but got the point across. A laugh escaped his throat as he realized how dumb he could sound sometimes.

    "To where?"
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    Post by Lucina Alkire on Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:39 pm

    Luce laughed again as Henrik stumbled into her as she helped him to his feet. "Wherever. We can just walk around campus," she said. Drunk Henrik was a much more agreeable guy that Sober Henrik, so it didn't take any more convincing than that to get him to come outside with her. They laughed some more as they stumbled clumsily down the stairs, their voices echoing through the stairwell.

    It felt good to be out in the cool fresh air. Luce had brought her flask with her in case they needed to keep their buzzes going throughout the night, but for now they were both in a good, loopy place. There were other packs of clio out enjoying the night, too, many of them probably drunk as well. Those that recognized Luce and Henrik gave them odd looks, but Luce didn't care.

    "Oh my gods, Henrik, I just had the best idea I've ever had," Luce said as they walked. "We should go back to the eilemaiden arenas, and go swimming in the Ughdarras zone."
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    Post by Henrik Selway-Sommers on Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:33 pm

    Henri did not notice anyone staring at him, so busy was he with appreciation for how beautiful Martha's Vineyard was. He couldn't keep his eyes on the roads he and Lucina walked, and kept getting distracted by different things. He babbled with enthusiasm about everything, and he and Lucina laughed. The laughing was his favorite.

    Lucina wrote:Oh my gods, Henrik, I just had the best idea I've ever had. We should go back to the eilemaiden arenas, and go swimming in the Ughdarras zone.

    Henrik, who had been zoned out and paying attention to the way he was walking (one step, two step, wow, walking in a straight line was hard!) looked over at Lucina. "Swimming?" he asked, completely interested.

    Lydia, who had mostly been thrilled with the entire night (despite her own light headed-ness), took a moment's pause. Swimming whilst drunk did not seem like a good idea.

    "Let's go!" He teetered around, pointing into the distance. "This way!" he commanded confidently. "Or, um," he said, spinning again, "Or is it this way!" he continued, pointing in the opposite direction with equal conviction.
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    Post by Lucina Alkire on Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:42 pm

    "It's this way, you silly boy," Lucina said, taking Henrik's shoulders and spinning him so that he was facing the direction of the eilemaiden arena. She gave him a gentle nudge forward and the two made their way to the eilemaiden zones, past the warning signs, past Adhbhar and Cuir and all the other eilemaiden until they got to the Ughdarras zone.

    The pools looked beautiful at night, reflecting the bright full moon in the sky. It was quiet here; unlike the rest of campus, there were no other clio but them. Luce pulled off her shoes and dipped her foot in the water. "Ooh, it's cold," she said. She smiled at Henrik. "You can heat it up, right?"

    While he presumably did that, Luce stripped down to her underwear. Sober or drunk, she was not a shy girl. "That's better," she said, stepping into the now-heated pool. Once she was fully in the water she turned around to look at Henrik, who hadn't moved. "You swimming or what?" She splashed at him.
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    Post by Henrik Selway-Sommers on Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:10 pm

    Henri, who still was unaware that the training zones were off limits, was busy appreciating the beauty of the water surrounding them, when Lucina asked him to heat the water. He smiled back at her and warmed the water with a touch of his hand. It was surprisingly easy, for how big the pool was. He hoped it was warm enough to her--he couldn't really tell, himself.

    When he stood and turned to face her, Lucina was just finishing pulling her shirt over her head. Holy wow. She was funny, had the best laugh. She was outgoing and confident and nice and witty. She had beautiful, expressive eyes that made him blush. But as she shook her hair out from the mess her shirt had created, and then walked with poise to the pool, he finally realized how attractive she was. Not just her body, but everything about her. It was sobering.

    He was still staring, struck by beauty, when Lucina splashed at him. She had a smile on her face that could only be described as mischievous. That was another something about her that Henri couldn't get enough of. She was daring. Daring and commanding and beautiful.

    It made Henri feel brave.

    He raised an eyebrow and made a small wave crash into Lucina. He laughed as he pulled off his own shirt. It was more embarrassing than he thought it would be, and even more so when he slipped out of his pants, but he went through with it, unable to stop himself. He jumped into the water quickly, wanting to hide his body but also wanting the feel of the water around him.

    He popped up and shook his head, spraying water from his long hair. "Hi," he told her, smiling as he swam up alongside her.
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    Post by Lucina Alkire on Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:27 pm

    Luce watched as Henrik pulled off his shirt and pants and jumped into the water, amazed that he was doing this with her. The last time they had been here, Henrik had gotten all sensitive and defensive over her doing something as small as laughing, and now here they were laughing together and splashing each other and probably breaking about sixteen school rules, without a care in the world.

    Ah, the wonders of alcohol, Tuli declared.

    That was definitely part of it, but Lucina hoped that wasn't the only reason Henrik was actually smiling and laughing and having fun with her. She liked this side of him. She liked it a lot. She hoped at least a little bit of it would stick with him when he sobered up the next morning, and that he might not be so afraid of her from here on out.

    "Hey," she said, smiling."Having fun yet?"
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    Post by Henrik Selway-Sommers on Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:19 pm

    Henri was having fun. He leaned back, floating with ease on the surface of the water and staring up at the starry sky. "Yes," he told her, truthfully. "And you were right. This was the best idea ever."

    Instead of returning to a regular position in the water, he sat up as if he was on land. He crossed his legs beneath him, and sat on an unbroken surface. The water sagged a little under his weight, forming around his legs and butt as if he was sitting on a well worn couch, but for the most part held its shape. Water was an amazing thing--and he was realizing how easy it was so easy to make the bond between the molecules stronger. So easy to make them stick together with even more force than usual.

    "Come here," he said, beckoning her over.

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