boilover: (anyway back to it)
Mick Rory ([personal profile] boilover) wrote2016-12-20 06:36 pm

INBOX




TEXT | AUDIO | VIDEO | ACTION | WHATEVER
thisismadfreaky: ({Blue} Chin hand ~ Expectant)

texts;

[personal profile] thisismadfreaky 2016-12-23 08:38 pm (UTC)(link)
» Hey.
» Just a heads up: I'm working on it
» But with everything going on this week, I kind of need to wait to finish it
» Unless you rather I hand you something faulty because of delirium setting in from lack of sleep
» But I kinda figure you'd rather it be properly done. So.
» Shit, sorry for the 90 texts. I'm just gonna shut up now.

[Yeah, because he doesn't have enough of an issue with rambling. Sleep-deprivation only seems to make it worse! Sorry, Mick. But hey, updates on the progress of your gun are a good thing, right?]
thisismadfreaky: (R U Sure tho)

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[personal profile] thisismadfreaky 2016-12-24 01:15 am (UTC)(link)
» Probably. But see: sleep deprived. Also: the PhD I have in Ramble-ology.
» Thought you might agree on that one.
thisismadfreaky: ({Blue} Srsly bro)

so considerate, Mick

[personal profile] thisismadfreaky 2016-12-26 06:34 pm (UTC)(link)
» Yeah, yeah. I'm doing finishing touches
» You'll have it in hand today.

[He's still utterly exhausted, but he did manages something more like proper sleep, so actually, finishing where he'd left on Mick's gun had been one of his top priorities.]
thisismadfreaky: (I'm outta here)

[personal profile] thisismadfreaky 2016-12-27 03:31 am (UTC)(link)
» It's not rigged.
» I'm not looking to have a matching set of bruises with Leonard give you a reason to break my face okay?

[Tampering would only mean he lost that precious IOU favor, and he doesn't intend to do anything to make Mick go back on that. Because who knows, it could be handy in the future. Especially with Thawne running around.]
thisismadfreaky: (Shut my mouth)

[personal profile] thisismadfreaky 2016-12-28 09:07 pm (UTC)(link)
[His jaw clenches when that text comes in. Stubborn levels rising.]

» Leave Caitlin out of it.
thisismadfreaky: (Arms folded ~ doubt)

[personal profile] thisismadfreaky 2016-12-29 12:00 am (UTC)(link)
» Yeah, we're clear.

[And roughly an hour or so after that super friendly conversation, Mick will get another text.]

» It's done.
chocolatepudding: <lj user=easystreet> (Never too showy or grand)

backdated to the 26th!

[personal profile] chocolatepudding 2016-12-29 01:05 am (UTC)(link)
[ Merry Christmas! Or late Christmas, because Dustin pretty much slept through it. After a rather jarringly loud fist-pounding knock on Mick’s door, he’ll find a stocking left on the ground. If he's quick enough to answer he can probably recognize curls and a favourite hat turning the corner. The stocking is jammed full of things, including:

1. Air Heads (assorted flavours, but more watermelon because those are the best)
2. A small container with only banana flavoured runts
3. Gummy bears (sour and regular)
4. Bubble tape
5. Caramello
6. Nilla wafers
7. Chupa chups
8. Cow tales
9. Gummy cola
10. Nerds
11. Skittles
12. Sour patch kids
13. Fun Dip
14. Pop Rocks

And lastly, just for him:
15. Hot tamales, since it’s the hottest candy he can think of and he threatened to burn down the mansion.

Propped up is a Christmas card, homemade with probably the worst handwriting known to man: 'Merry Christmas. -Dustin' ]
sorryitasedyou: (Default)

Backdated to 12/26

[personal profile] sorryitasedyou 2016-12-29 09:01 am (UTC)(link)
[ As much as Darcy might've liked to get everything out in time, Wonderland had a weird way of screwing up her plans. So, after a solid day's sleep, she starts making her rounds - dropping off gifts on each floor while using a little red wagon. In front of Mick's door, he'll find a basket that contains:

• a blanket
• a festive mug
• a few different flavors of tea
• honey
another mug of hot chocolate supplies with a note to just add hot milk
a chocolate dipped stirring spoon
• ridiculous fuzzy socks
• a tiny stuffed animal
• an assortment of 2 dozen freshly baked cupcakes
• and an ornament of a fire extinguisher

There's a note dangling from one of the handles that reads:

Hope Wonderland's attempts at holiday cheer didn't go too poorly for you. Here are a few supplies to help get back into the swing of things and thanks again for not burning down the mansion. Happy Holidays!

- Darcy
]
shrinkage: z504 i'm just a lonely boy (Untitled-13 copy)

late dec 31

[personal profile] shrinkage 2017-01-01 06:09 pm (UTC)(link)
[ outside mick's door before midnight, he'll find a rather bulky and poorly-wrapped pile of gifts: ]
  • A big ol' punching bag, with a tag that reads: please punch this instead of me?
  • A bag of gelt, and another bag of various cinnamon candies
  • A miniature model of a bridge, made from some sort of metal alloy, with a tag that reads: happy hanukkah, mick. -rp
  • catchacold: :| (just a glance)

    text;

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-01-03 06:56 pm (UTC)(link)
    [After Rip's arrival, he's concerned about Mick.

    He also knows better than to really show how concerned he is.

    He also knows better than not to act on his concern.

    Stuff's complicated.]


    Saw the captain?
    catchacold: :) (Default)

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    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-01-03 07:06 pm (UTC)(link)
    Just checking in.

    [Not up on him, to make sure there's that distinction. Allegedly, anyway.

    He can't ask how he's doing, there's a whole mass of questions he can't ask and things he can't say, so this is taking longer than it should.]


    Drink?
    catchacold: bay window :( (don't miss him)

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    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-01-03 07:11 pm (UTC)(link)
    More concerned with him being a problem.

    [It's not as if he was expecting anything else. Luckily it's also not as if anyone else can see him stare off at nothing and bite his lip.]

    Whichever works.
    catchacold: :( (springbreak)

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    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-01-03 07:20 pm (UTC)(link)
    [#NotTheirProblematicFave

    Leonard doesn't reply again, instead he makes his way to the bar, because after this he doesn't really have a choice. Doesn't really want one, either.

    He sits down next to Mick without a word, more concerned with getting his order. Once he can take a sip from that, he turns his head to look at him.]
    catchacold: :( (not cool)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-01-03 07:32 pm (UTC)(link)
    [For a while he just looks at him, the expression on Mick's face awakening old fears. Of course.]

    Mick.

    [Still worth trying to get through to him.]
    catchacold: :| (forecast)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-01-03 07:36 pm (UTC)(link)
    Yeah, sure.

    [He would snatch the lighter away, but he doesn't have that privilege right now and getting into another physical fight wouldn't actually help the situation.]

    Your beer's getting warm and you're gonna burn your hand.
    catchacold: :| (chill)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-01-03 07:40 pm (UTC)(link)
    You also don't feel when your beer's flat and warm?

    [He doubts that. He'd offer to cool it down, but Mick's already drinking and given the situation, would probably pretend to like it no matter how warm it was by now.]
    catchacold: :| (temperature falling)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-01-03 07:45 pm (UTC)(link)
    Doesn't mean you like it.

    [He drinks his own drink, which has more ice than needed, but he drinks quickly enough to keep it from being watered down. Theme appropriate.]

    You talk to Rip?
    catchacold: :| (powder)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-01-03 07:54 pm (UTC)(link)
    Right.

    [He figures Mick won't volunteer anything beyond that, so Leonard simply moves on.]

    Raymond's not talking to me. His girlfriend told me.

    [It's very middle school and he's still not sure whether he's annoyed, amused or indifferent.]
    catchacold: :| (frost)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-01-03 08:02 pm (UTC)(link)
    Think because you came and I tried bossing him around.

    [He's not one hundred percent positive, that's a lot of ego to take into account and he's honestly not sure how invested he is.]

    Ain't questioning it too much, but his new girl seems decent. No idea how that happens.
    catchacold: :( (not cool)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-01-03 08:07 pm (UTC)(link)
    Told him to sit his ass down and wait and think first. [He maintains that was a reasonable request. If Ray didn't want to listen and earned himself a punch, he's really brought that on himself.]

    Eh. You liked him just fine too.

    [Has to mention that one.]
    catchacold: :( (pouting)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-01-03 08:17 pm (UTC)(link)
    Just didn't want him to drop everything on you right away. [He still doesn't really want Ray to drop anything more on him and he's discussed it with him - he's tried at least - but since that's obviously futile right now, there's not much he can do about it. Instead he listens to Mick and he doesn't really hear a comparison to Rip - who even cares - but his father instead.]

    He's not a bad guy. Not the worst.
    catchacold: :| (below zero)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-01-03 08:27 pm (UTC)(link)
    You got to me first, you got some anger out. That's all and that's between me and you, or ain't I allowed to want to control my own life now either?

    [He turns his head to stare down at his glass, turning it in his hand a little and listening to the ice clink. Had to rule in his own temper.]

    He's gonna do what he wants to do. I've no interest or ability to control that. Knock yourselves out.
    catchacold: bay window :( (don't miss him)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-01-03 08:38 pm (UTC)(link)
    At least I only got myself to blame.

    [Which probably explains the masochistic streak inside him that has him sit here with Mick right now, because what good can come from that? Leonard's certainly not expecting any. It's just a verbal beating instead of a physical one.

    He lifts his glass to finish his drink, then sets it down and considers whether to order another.]
    catchacold: :( (aurora)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-01-03 08:52 pm (UTC)(link)
    [He's silent, because this isn't really leaving him much choice. Agreeing with Mick and he's self-pitying, saying something callous and he's an even bigger asshole and any reaction that's more emotional just isn't him and won't happen. Not with how they are right now, not out in public and likely not ever.

    He's missed Mick since coming here, he still misses him and this whole mess only makes him miss him more. Out of thirty years, this is what he has to deal with again. What a fucked up purgatory. He just wanted to see his friend again. Not a lot of friendship now.]


    Right.
    catchacold: :| (ambiguous)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-01-03 09:10 pm (UTC)(link)
    Yeah, Rip's obnoxious.

    [Especially Rip in a stressful situation, which just further shows why their esteemed captain isn't the best at said job. Not used to working with a team and not especially eager to get used to it.]

    I was stuck with Sara. Almost died, but still. Much better.
    catchacold: :( (pouting)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-01-03 09:18 pm (UTC)(link)
    It's not about Rip, Mick, you know that. Everyone else. Sara.

    [Everyone else and Sara. That's how it goes and he doesn't attempt to talk around it. Rip's not who Leonard chose, even in the slightest.]

    I couldn't control you doing that, you're right. Couldn't control Rip wanting me to off you either.
    catchacold: :( (avalanche)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-01-03 09:40 pm (UTC)(link)
    I know what he started, Mick. Just doesn't make my choices not my choices either. Doesn't make him less of an ass.

    [They can both be manipulative asses at the same time, as evidence shows. Leonard turns in his seat, focusing his attention fully on Mick.]

    I know what I said and where I went wrong, how wrong I went, but I don't think you're dumb. I never thought you're dumb. You are-- [He stops himself. With how Mick feels right now? With what Leonard knows is yet to come for him? With Ray...] You were my partner, Mick.
    catchacold: :) (Default)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-01-03 09:50 pm (UTC)(link)
    You can't undo shit like that.

    [Just echoing in agreement and he gets up, given he's done with his drink and out of things to say. At least out of things he can say that would be heard.]

    See you around.
    finewithhalf: (stark contrast)

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    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-11 08:37 pm (UTC)(link)
    [The text comes out of nowhere, mostly because she's bored and thinking a lot about keeping tabs on Lenny's friend.]

    So why fire? There's a reason for it, right?
    finewithhalf: (maybe. but not really.)

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    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-11 08:44 pm (UTC)(link)
    beautiful like how? is it something you can describe?

    [She'd actually understand it if he can't. She has a hard time figuring out how to explain art to people.]
    finewithhalf: (no but seriously)

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    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-11 08:54 pm (UTC)(link)
    does it have to hurt ppl when you use it?
    finewithhalf: (iiiiif you think that might not fail)

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    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-11 09:01 pm (UTC)(link)
    bc maybe I wanna see it the way you do

    but not if it's gonna hurt any1. ok?
    finewithhalf: (maybe. but not really.)

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    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-11 09:09 pm (UTC)(link)
    ok

    i can do it.


    [He makes it sound like there's a different kind of art she's never seen before. She might need someone around to help interpret it anyway.]
    finewithhalf: (side-eye)

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    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-11 09:11 pm (UTC)(link)
    same

    u wanna go somewhere now?
    finewithhalf: (what. this -is- cheerful.)

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    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-11 09:21 pm (UTC)(link)
    ill be there

    [She'll be down in just a few minutes, hair pulled up and away from her face as a precaution. Hair seems like the kind of thing that probably catches fire a lot.]
    finewithhalf: (black backdrop)

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    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-11 09:31 pm (UTC)(link)
    It looks better at night anyway, doesn't it?

    [She imagines it'll be like getting really close to fireworks. But wow okay, Mick's totally dressed like a full Fireman. Isn't that the opposite of what they're up to?]

    eels like we should be sliding down a pole or something.
    finewithhalf: (power of friendship and all that)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-11 09:35 pm (UTC)(link)
    If anyone ever cared enough to set one for me, maybe.

    [She shrugs, falling into step beside him.]

    You hurt yourself a lot doing this? So why keep doing it?
    finewithhalf: (lip bite)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-11 09:41 pm (UTC)(link)
    So what's with all the gear today?

    [Given that he doesn't have "people who care", and all.]
    finewithhalf: (smug as hell)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-11 09:46 pm (UTC)(link)
    Sounds kind of like you care what I think.

    [She smiles.]

    Kinda like you like me or something.
    finewithhalf: (no but seriously that hat)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-11 09:54 pm (UTC)(link)
    Yeah, you guys have a punchy kind of friendship, for sure.

    [Oh, he likes her a lot probably.]

    Better make sure you do a good job babysitting me, then.
    finewithhalf: (hair toss)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-11 10:05 pm (UTC)(link)
    Anyone starts fussing you about it, you just tell them it was an early birthday present.

    I'll back you up and make sure nobody starts swinging at you.
    finewithhalf: (in trouble AGAIN?)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-11 10:13 pm (UTC)(link)
    At least you could force him to make you one.

    [She huffs, crossing her arms.]

    With me, it was all [She raises her voice to something high and nasal that sounds nothing like Cisco.] "waah, you're too young and it'll explode if someone under forty looks at it I'm so ancient and jealous of cute girls with better hair than mine waaah~"
    finewithhalf: (so confused)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-11 10:32 pm (UTC)(link)
    I should be able to get one. Everything's supposed to be equal here.

    [It's not cute! Fairness isn't cute.]

    I told him I should get a cold gun like Lenny's and instead he told me a story about how he didn't appreciate his family enough and almost had them taken away.

    [She rolls her eyes, since it seems like a perfectly suitable punishment to her.]
    finewithhalf: (what. this -is- cheerful.)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-11 11:30 pm (UTC)(link)
    I usually want something because I've got feelings. Not always proud of having them, but that doesn't mean they're not there.

    [She shrugs at that.]

    Serves him right, I figure. People should appreciate the family they got while they got them. If they don't, then they deserve to lose them.
    finewithhalf: (don't ask me to emote)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-11 11:56 pm (UTC)(link)
    Having a bad one is better than not having any.

    [But she'll fall quiet, one hand clutching at the fabric of her opposite arm. It's weird to try talking about Matthews and his philosophies while they're here. It seems like something that won't translate well.]
    finewithhalf: (ugh w/e)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-12 12:08 am (UTC)(link)
    Yeah. I know.

    [The corners of her mouth twitch.]

    So are we gonna light something on fire or not?
    finewithhalf: (stop trying to make fetch happen)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-12 12:19 am (UTC)(link)
    We burn things. Not people.

    [Property doesn't means anything, especially when it's Wonderland property. Mick takes it a step too deep into Scary territory.]
    finewithhalf: (no but seriously)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-12 03:26 pm (UTC)(link)
    [The mention of "forest fire" already has her slowing somewhat. She's seen Bambi. Isn't it supposed to be kind of the worst thing?]

    Okay. But it's not like I'm gonna chicken out or anything.
    finewithhalf: (maybe. but not really.)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-12 03:34 pm (UTC)(link)
    [She lets herself be shoved, though her hand instinctively grasps at the air next to her, as if Riley might materialize here. She should've brought Riley along. She shouldn't done something differently.]

    Yeah, sure. Start when you feel like it.
    finewithhalf: (it's not spying if it's gossip)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-12 03:51 pm (UTC)(link)
    [Okay, so that's fire. That's not like a match setting something ablaze for thirty second. That's not the controlled head from science class or the little match Maya has to set under the stove at home because the pilot light never stays on and she's got the smallest arms in the apartment. It's hot, even from this distance. And it spreads, claiming leaves and branches in a strangely waterlike flow. It's like a gif moving in real life, with the kind of surround sound she usually only gets from sneaking into a movie theater.

    Maybe it sound be frightening, if Mick wasn't dressed all fireman-style with reassurances that everything was under control. He's the professional here. It's safe, if he says it's safe. So instead, she watches the intense visual with wide eyes.]


    Whoa.
    finewithhalf: (bad news)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-12 04:14 pm (UTC)(link)
    [There's just so much to take in. It's red and orange and yellow and every color. So it takes a bit before she realizes he's moving away without extinguishing the first.]

    Wait -- what do you mean "what now"? That's not it?
    finewithhalf: (but with cheese?)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-12 04:29 pm (UTC)(link)
    [And suddenly, this is a problem. This is a major problem. This is what Mick was talking about when he was complaining that people yelled at him for going too far. It wasn't because he's a wild, irrepressible spirit. It's because he can't see how he can be hurting someone right now.

    He's too deep in the fire, but Maya follows him anyway, flinching when the heat is close enough to be uncomfortable. She grabs the meaty part of his left arm, tugging at him.]


    That's it because I say that's it. And you said we could stop when I wanted to stop.
    finewithhalf: (concern)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-12 05:12 pm (UTC)(link)
    [It's not pretty anymore. That's the thought that occurs most prominently to Maya as a tree branch cracks and falls in a noisy heal, sending her clinging to Mick more tightly than before. She's hooked around his waist this time, coughing into his heavy coat.]

    It's too much -- you said you were gonna make sure nobody got hurt, didn't you??
    finewithhalf: (I'm not crying you are)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-12 05:28 pm (UTC)(link)
    [She's not going to cry. Maya Hart does not cry because she's scared. She doesn't cry in front of people who need to see her not cry.

    It's just that the smoke is stinging her eyes probably. That's what's making the moisture well up.


    She opens her mouth to reply, but there aren't any words there. She nods instead, waiting to see how he plans to "sort it".]
    finewithhalf: (aww but it almost worked out)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-12 05:52 pm (UTC)(link)
    [She pulls Mick's coat around her as she sits in a dewy patch of grass. It's weird to think that it could be so wet here, while everything over there is ablaze.

    She notices the way the colors change, too. The angry oranges dissolve into greys and blacks. The magnificence grows colder, more sullen. She'll let him handle the extinguishing for as long as he needs to do it, quiet until he returns to her.]


    Is it always like this?
    finewithhalf: (exhaustion)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-12 06:30 pm (UTC)(link)
    [But once he plops down, she leans against him, setting her head against his broad shoulder.]

    You just need someone to tell you when to stop. I need that too, sometimes.

    [It's over now, at least. That's something.]

    That's not why he left you. I talked to him about it.
    finewithhalf: (maybe. but not really.)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-12 06:46 pm (UTC)(link)
    [They're already this close, so Maya hopes it's all right that she brings them closer still. Her fingertips reach for his damaged arm, trailing along the ruined scars and patterns.]

    Does it hurt still?
    finewithhalf: (don't ask me to emote)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-12 06:59 pm (UTC)(link)
    [She continues touching the scars, taking in the tactile bumps as if they could be read that way.]

    He had to do it this time too. They killed him before he could go back to get you.
    finewithhalf: (aww but it almost worked out)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-12 07:04 pm (UTC)(link)
    [Her soft touching stops, transitioning into a grip as she clings to his arm.]

    Lenny said he died right before he came here. He doesn't wanna talk about why they did it to him.

    [And maybe Maya just needs to talk about it with someone old enough to have answers.]
    finewithhalf: (clinging)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-12 10:52 pm (UTC)(link)
    [It's more of a hug than she expects, really. So she'll simply close the rest of the difference, clinging until she's cuddling. What's that stuff Riley always says about showing people how to love? Is this it?]

    I got the feeling it's a long story. Maybe it'd be shorter if you asked him. You already know all the people, right?
    finewithhalf: (black backdrop)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-12 11:11 pm (UTC)(link)
    Seems like nothing is, here.

    [It wouldn't have gone like this at home. She could have learned a life lesson without the smell of sulfur and charcoal burning in her sinuses.]
    finewithhalf: (what. this -is- cheerful.)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-12 11:18 pm (UTC)(link)
    What if you talk to other people? Would that make it hurt less?

    [That's the whole point of the Bay Window. Why would anyone willingly give up on talking?]
    finewithhalf: (that's some heavy stuff)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-12 11:25 pm (UTC)(link)
    What kind of dumb thing was it? [She adjusts herself until she's looking up at the side of his cheek.]

    Was there more fire?
    finewithhalf: (not sure if like?)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-13 12:02 am (UTC)(link)
    [This would sound a lot more plausible if it didn't keep involving the word "space pirates." That's the kind of stuff Riley and Maya pretend about when nobody's around to watch them and judge.]

    Do you think maybe they hurt him because they thought he was helping you?
    finewithhalf: (maybe. but not really.)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-13 12:24 am (UTC)(link)
    [Her eyes are still a bit red, but there's no need to worry about that. She wasn't really crying. It was just too smoky. That's all it ever was.]

    I'm good. Wasn't scared or nothing.
    finewithhalf: (side-eye)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-13 03:35 pm (UTC)(link)
    I think wholesome might be boring for you. I don't mind doing the stuff you think is interesting.

    [ If she admits otherwise, he'll just think she's being a child, or that she can't handle doing real things. Even now, it's important to be able to keep from being sent away to the kids' table. ]

    I'm gonna need to know about this stuff sooner or later right?
    finewithhalf: (iiiiif you think that might not fail)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-13 04:14 pm (UTC)(link)
    [ The smoke just got in her eyes okay. She's not weak. She doesn't need to be babied. ]

    That sounds like stuff Riley used to make me do. She still believes in all that princess stuff, you know. Even here, the way things are.

    I think it would be good for her to have a place to roast marshmallows and sing dumb songs. Would you wanna set that up with me?
    finewithhalf: (if i feel like listening)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-13 04:33 pm (UTC)(link)
    I wanna do it with you. [ he would probably need some supervision to make sure nothing else ends up on fire. ]

    Riley's my best friend. We came here together. We're forever.
    finewithhalf: (maybe. but not really.)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-13 04:46 pm (UTC)(link)
    [ She peels herself away from him slowly, adjusting her position for better eye contact. ]

    You're not alone either. You know that, right?
    Edited 2017-01-13 16:47 (UTC)
    finewithhalf: (hey sup)

    [personal profile] finewithhalf 2017-01-13 05:12 pm (UTC)(link)
    [ She stands with him, nodding. Gushy stuff isn't for all the time, and Riley's better with it anyway. ]

    Blaming someone for our messes? I can get behind that. So who's Rip?

    [ with a name like that, she expects to find out that Mick and Len play dad-level punk in a garage. ]
    plutonicideals: (303_09221 copy)

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    [personal profile] plutonicideals 2017-01-29 09:18 pm (UTC)(link)
    hi i dont know u but i have something 2 give u
    im riley
    len is a friend of mine and so is maya
    :)
    plutonicideals: (303_12216 copy)

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    [personal profile] plutonicideals 2017-01-29 09:27 pm (UTC)(link)
    a riley award
    i need 2 do a proper award ceremony tho
    i have an announcer voice just for this!!!!
    plutonicideals: (303_12216 copy)

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    [personal profile] plutonicideals 2017-01-29 09:41 pm (UTC)(link)
    im going to be fifteen
    where do u want to meet
    plutonicideals: (303_21001 copy)

    [personal profile] plutonicideals 2017-01-29 09:54 pm (UTC)(link)
    nope
    this one is 4 u bc it has ur name on it
    and its food
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    [personal profile] plutonicideals 2017-01-29 09:58 pm (UTC)(link)
    i cant even use my british announcer voice :(?
    but ok
    meet me in the kitchen :)
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    [personal profile] plutonicideals 2017-01-29 10:09 pm (UTC)(link)
    [When he gets to the kitchen, the counter is covered in a lot of little marshmallow people. It's like a little marshmallow village because there are houses and stuff too. It's pretty clear there was a lot of effort into the thing.

    There's a picture frame and certificate in front of it. The certificate is covered in a bunch of cute little scribbles, and says: "This Riley Award belongs to Mick for being a cool guy."]
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    [personal profile] plutonicideals 2017-01-31 10:02 pm (UTC)(link)
    I made it all for you!

    [And she looks oh-so-proud of herself.]

    I'm not even doing my British announcer voice like you asked.
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    [personal profile] plutonicideals 2017-02-02 12:00 am (UTC)(link)
    Because I want to know you. I wanted to make sure you had something really nice for our first meeting!
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    [personal profile] plutonicideals 2017-02-04 06:52 pm (UTC)(link)
    [The thanks is enough to get her to throw her arms up in the air and yell:]

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!

    [He did not say no to excited yelling.]
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    [personal profile] plutonicideals 2017-02-06 05:54 am (UTC)(link)
    Only if you want me to. I don't have to stick around if you don't want me to.

    [But she'll watch from the door. Because that's how she is.]
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    [personal profile] plutonicideals 2017-02-07 09:55 pm (UTC)(link)
    [Well, then she'll just gladly take a seat across from him to watch him. ( o_o)]

    I know him because of Maya. He's helped us out a lot, especially since a lot of the stuff that happens around here is pretty new to me. New York was never this kind of... um. Exciting?
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    [personal profile] plutonicideals 2017-02-18 01:57 am (UTC)(link)
    I kinda miss home, but I like it here, too. It's got a lot of great people, and then there's the closets and kitchens... it's got almost everything.
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    [personal profile] plutonicideals 2017-02-20 12:18 am (UTC)(link)
    I've got a lot of friends and my mom and dad and little brother all at home. As much I miss them, they're better off where they are. Especially my little brother. Auggie shouldn't have to deal with all the weird stuff that happens here.
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    [personal profile] plutonicideals 2017-02-26 12:31 am (UTC)(link)
    Maya. I bet she'd like that you called her a firecracker. Len's been really good to her.

    [She's gonna consider the fact that he's eating it in the first place a victory, honestly.]
    catchacold: bay window :( (don't have feelings)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-02-14 11:59 am (UTC)(link)
    [No text, no knock, no nothing. Leonard simply walks into Mick's room - sidestepping various obstacles once inside - and heads straight for the bed. He looks tired, of course he does. They're all tired.

    But it takes a lot for Leonard to let his guard down, even around his partner. Especially given the circumstances. Yet here he is, dropping on the bed and letting himself fall back immediately.]


    I don't want to sleep alone.

    [He sounds too vulnerable, too young, to himself and he hates it, but it's still true.]
    catchacold: :| (gloves off)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-02-14 07:31 pm (UTC)(link)
    I hate this. [Apparently this isn't about to get any more mature, but at least he keeps it to a mutter, aware how childish he sounds. Leonard lifts a hand so he can wrap it around Mick's arm, keeping it in place and potentially even pulling it closer. He's lying on his side, eyes finally closing.

    He doesn't like this kind of exhaustion, the realisation that he'll be too out of it to be aware. Leonard's never been any good at letting himself rest.]


    Thanks.
    catchacold: bay window :( (don't have feelings)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-02-14 08:26 pm (UTC)(link)
    My hero. [He says it drily, but it gets lost given how much "hero" means these days between us and also because a yawn interrupts him, making it hard to pull off that dry tone. It's difficult to pull of anything other than tired and sleepy while he is this tired and sleepy.]

    'm sorry. [Half-asleep and the apology is muttered and unspecific.]
    catchacold: :| (lying down)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-02-14 08:41 pm (UTC)(link)
    Don't gotta. [True.] It's a luxury.

    [Sleepy and beyond exhausted but he can spare a short and amused smile at himself at all this. He meant to do more than just come here to sleep, but he's tired, he's done with everything and he doesn't feel like saying anything else.

    Sleepy Valentine.]
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    video (backdated to after the end of the flooding event)

    [personal profile] undirected 2017-02-20 12:08 am (UTC)(link)
    [This is most assuredly not a call he wants to make--but that's all the more reason for doing so, in the end. There are some lingering bruises along Rip's face when the feed clicks on, although nothing too terrible.

    Still, the remnants of his altercation remain, and serve as a reminder for why he does indeed have to contact the man.]


    Mr. Rory. [Oh look, someone can speak clearly again.] I was wondering if you might be available for a little chat.
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    Re: voice

    [personal profile] undirected 2017-02-20 10:47 pm (UTC)(link)
    [On his end, Rip frowns slightly as only audio plays back. This isn’t something he’d intended to do over the phone, much less without visuals—but given how their last in person conversation had gone, perhaps it’s for the best.

    As Mr. Rory wishes, then.]


    I owe you an apology. [Not for the first time, likely not the last.] I let my frustrations get the better of me in the wake of what happened during the last event. Things should have never gone as far as they did.
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    [personal profile] undirected 2017-02-21 02:15 am (UTC)(link)
    Yes, well. I could say the same for a few of the blows you landed on me.

    [It is rather strange, however; he would never prescribe to such a method for a means of bonding or communication. It remains barbaric, as Mick himself noted on their parting that day. The proper thing to do would be to feel guilty about it, but on some level?

    Rip can't deny that he might have actually needed to let loose his control in such a manner.]


    Linguistic aphasia: the technical term for what I was going through. I couldn't effectively communicate what I was thinking, hence the lack of sense.

    And perhaps that might be true--but I'm hoping you and I might find some middle ground, Mr. Rory. I don't think I'd fare very well if we did end up resorting to violence every time some issue came up.
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    [personal profile] undirected 2017-02-23 03:43 pm (UTC)(link)
    [Rip can do little more than cock his head for a moment; Mick likely isn’t wrong in his assessment of how any physical fighting between them would turn out. There are, however, additional reasons why it would be a Bad Idea beyond Rip’s desire to not go walking around bruised all the time.

    Mick also isn’t wrong in his estimation of where things stand between them. They aren’t friends, won’t ever be, and Rip grins momentarily to himself as he recalls Mick declaring as much when he’d saved Rip at the Oculus. I’m not doing this because I like you.

    Indeed, Mr. Rory.]


    Then I suppose I’ll endeavor to be more straight-forward when we do communicate with each other. [He pauses for a moment before a mischievous glint comes into his eye. Perhaps it’s not a good joke, but hopefully when he rephrases Mick might at least see the intention of his humor.]

    I will try, Mr. Rory.
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    [personal profile] undirected 2017-02-23 10:46 pm (UTC)(link)
    I would almost be willing to pay to see you attempt that, Mr. Rory. [Mick attempting to speak as Rip does would be quite the occurrence.] Although as a general rule, it’s not nearly so impressive if you can’t pull it off with a convincing accent.
    catchacold: :| (gesundheit)

    text;

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-03-28 09:55 pm (UTC)(link)
    Mick, are you in your room?

    I don't want to waste another dramatic entrance, where were you all day?
    catchacold: :( (aurora)

    ACTION - all caps, yes

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-03-28 10:05 pm (UTC)(link)
    [Leonard opens the door and walks in without looking back, somehow avoiding all the crap Mick has strewn about his room. The door falls shut, but Leonard doesn't even glance that way, instead he's looking at Mick as he comes to a halt, weight on one leg, loosely holding on to his lower arm.

    Obviously he's not posing, but people couldn't be blamed for thinking that he is.]


    Mick.

    [That's two syllables.]
    catchacold: bay window :( (don't miss him)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-03-28 10:27 pm (UTC)(link)
    Yeah.

    [Walking in and starting this conversation is a lot better than actually having it. It's not something he is good at. Emotions and how to deal with them. Not something either of them is good at, but Leonard has no doubt that he's even worse at it than Mick.]

    Y'know. I ain't too thrilled about dying. But I ain't got any regrets over it. Not a fun thought, going back to nothing.

    [He turns, a half step, facing Mick in his chair.]

    But this here. It's better than nothing.
    catchacold: :( (cold as ice)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-03-28 10:45 pm (UTC)(link)
    It ain't just your choice, is it? I didn't want you dying for Raymond or whatever the hell you thought you were doing. [He lets out a slow breath and, with a quick shake of his head. This is already not going as planned. This is part of why he can't deal with them. Emotions. They are impossible to predict.]

    Defying fate mattered. [And that's what it is about, but it's more than that, it has to have been more and there's no need to hide that from Mick. So Leonard walks forward, stopping right in front of him this time, one hand against the wall as he looks down and catches his eyes.] You matter more to me than my own life, Mick. If you don't like that? Tough. I got the drop on you, partner. And you ain't gonna make me regret that. Yeah, I want us to live. But if I got the choice between you or me? It was always gonna be you.

    I wish there'd been some other way, Mick.
    catchacold: -.- (running hot)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-03-28 11:27 pm (UTC)(link)
    Yeah. Well, newsflash, Mick. That's what I am. Was.

    [What else is he supposed to say? This is not how he wanted it to go, but it's gone too far off the rails by now, seems like a lost cause.

    It's all coming out wrong anyway. He lowers his head.]


    You've always had my back. So hate me all you want for this, I'm still not regretting it.
    catchacold: :( (overcome)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-03-29 09:01 pm (UTC)(link)
    You have had my back, Mick. You have my back every single day, every single fight. I got yours too and you got mine.

    You'd have done the exact same thing for me. I'd be pissed as hell. [Haven't they established all this? Is there ever going to be a way to even pretend that they can move past it?]

    We went over all this. Are you ever gonna be anything other than angry at me again? At us? Because this is it. This is it. I ain't coming back with you, Mick.
    catchacold: :| (powder)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-03-29 09:21 pm (UTC)(link)
    Yeah.

    [That's that then. That really is all there is. Leonard may tell people that this is better than nothing and that it's best to make the most of it, but, really?

    This isn't better than nothing. It's a lot worse.

    Whatever objective he's had with this talk, it's out of reach.]


    Good talk.
    catchacold: :| (cool people lean)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-03-29 09:36 pm (UTC)(link)
    Nothing. I wanted to talk about here, because here's all I have. I messed that up somehow, went off the rails early on.

    [He shrugs, taking a few steps so he can lean against the wall, crossing his arms. It's not like he's really wanted to leave, the wind's just been taken somewhere far away from his sails.]
    catchacold: :| (bruised - healing)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-03-29 09:53 pm (UTC)(link)
    Extremely fortunate.

    [Sarcasm, of course. Like there's much else.]

    Y'know, I never thought I'd be scared of dying, but I also didn't think I'd have months to look forward to it.

    [As close as he'll come to admit to being scared.]

    I thought I wouldn't see you again. Before you got here. That's why Maya, Riley, Frisk, why they knew about you.
    catchacold: :| (cool people lean)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-03-31 07:51 pm (UTC)(link)
    [No, he doesn't know either. But there's nothing to come from voicing that out loud. So instead he shrugs, leaning back against the wall.]

    If you want another fight, come at me.
    catchacold: :( (springbreak)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-03-31 08:15 pm (UTC)(link)
    Was it ever not complicated? [A scoff, but of course he knows what Mick means. It's not as if he's not aware of what a pain he is.]

    I feel lonely. I feel scared.

    [The words are said while he's looking at his own hand. It's not an easy thing for him, any sort of open talk. He looks up finally, focusing his eyes on Mick.]

    Think we're still on the same page, partner.
    catchacold: :( (downhill)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-03-31 08:39 pm (UTC)(link)
    [Leonard reaches out quite suddenly, grabbing Mick's arm and tugging him closer. He takes a deep breath as he leans their foreheads together, exhaling slowly while he releases the hold he still has on him.

    What's there to say?]


    Try living for me. But for now, we're here.
    catchacold: :) (snowy)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-03-31 08:57 pm (UTC)(link)
    Not under my control, Mick. But I ain't planning on it.

    [For whatever that's worth. He closes his eyes, then opens them again as he pulls his head back enough to look at Mick.]

    So. Gonna let me steal a kiss?
    catchacold: :| (ambiguous)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-03-31 09:14 pm (UTC)(link)
    Always loved your generous spirit.

    [That said it's him pulling Mick close for another kiss, hand at the back of his neck, moving one finger to brush along some scar tissue and his eyes close and the kiss deepens.]
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    action; 4/6 after Rip and Ray talk

    [personal profile] undirected 2017-04-08 04:41 pm (UTC)(link)
    [At some point, Rip expects to hear Mick return to his own room, punctuated by the harsh slamming of doors because of course the man must be enraged, furious, and he inarguably has every right to be. Yet in the end, only there's only one door opened and closed, across the hall from Mick's room. Rip gives it a bit of time even after, before he heads over towards Leonard's room. He knows all too well that Mick likely wants to be alone, and Rip will show him that courtesy--after.

    Mick Rory is a dangerous man, and more so now with Leonard's departure. Rip knows all too well what that brand of grief can drive a person to do.

    He knocks heavily on the door first; Rip isn't going to risk surprising Mick if he can avoid it.]


    Mick? It's me. I'd like to talk.
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    [personal profile] undirected 2017-04-08 08:23 pm (UTC)(link)
    [Of course Rip has no intention of "getting lost" as Mick requests, but the response does give him pause. He doesn't want to open the door only to have a column of fire aimed at him, or something equally dangerous or potentially fatal coming his way.

    Still, he won't leave--nor will he shout his half of the conversation through a closed door. He braces himself as he takes hold of the doorknob; it's unlocked, making it simple to open the door and take a look inside.

    Mick's sprawled on the bed, seemingly more focused on drinking his beer than scaring Rip away. Somehow, this is almost worse than the man having his heat gun drawn.]


    Sorry--but I'm not leaving. Not just yet. [Instead Rip steps fully inside, shutting the door behind him, leaning his back against the wooden surface. Rip takes a brief look around--nothing new, nothing unfamiliar, and more importantly? Nothing gone.]

    His things are still here. It means he'll be drawn back. [It should mean that, unless some twist in the chaotic rules that govern this place suddenly means that it doesn't. It's possible; anything is possible here.

    But Rip would like to hope that for this, Wonderland plays in accordance to it's own wicked ways.]
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    [personal profile] undirected 2017-04-08 09:18 pm (UTC)(link)
    Well, you should know as well as anyone that we're all a contrary lot. Stubborn, too. We all get an idea to do something in our heads, and there's little chance in talking us out of it.

    [Mick isn't entirely wrong in his assessment of Rip's reasons for being there, although it's not for the sake of the Legend's reputation. He wants to ensure Mick doesn't do something he might later regret, that he doesn't hurt someone he's come to care about--or himself, in the midst of his grief.

    But it goes beyond that. He knows the pain Mick's feeling. So does Raymond. The loss of a partner, of a friend, of the singular person whom he believed he would spend his life with, build his life around--

    Each of them has endured it. Mick carries that weight now.

    Rip listens as Mick describes something similar to what Leonard also told him. They'd talked about this some, the question of whether or not he could even still be alive back home. Rip decides to forgo the technical details this time. Mick might not understand him, and he certainly doubts the man's in a headspace to want to try.

    Something simpler then--more direct.]


    This world subverts death, Mick. Those that die are somehow brought back, and it will be the same for Leonard. He will be alive, here.
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    [personal profile] undirected 2017-04-08 10:23 pm (UTC)(link)
    [He's dead somewhere, but aren't they all in a sense? Certainly in sometime to come they would all have met their ends. It's just that Leonard's is set, while Mick's and Rip's and Ray's isn't as known just yet.

    But such concepts are not offers of comfort--rather, they stand as a futile attempt to laugh at the frail reality that is a human life. It's a thought born of despair rather than hope, and the last thing Mick needs is to be subjected to Rip's brand of desperation right now.

    Of course, that makes it a bit harder to think of what he should say. Rip watches in silence, arms crossed over his chest as Mick drops the beer can to the floor.]


    You still owe me "a solid," Mr. Rory. From our little adventure in space. [Maybe Mick cannot find it within himself to figure out a reason that it matters, but Rip would give him one all the same.] Keep this room clean until Mr. Snart's return, and I'll consider it paid.

    [However small, it is still something. A task to perform, a chore to keep. An action, meaningless but better than doing nothing, which is the prison Mick currently has been trapped within. It won't be enough; it can't be.

    Nothing can be.]
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    [personal profile] undirected 2017-04-12 05:26 pm (UTC)(link)
    Perhaps so. [Although Rip does appreciate what Mick attempted to do none the less. And he isn’t wrong in his overall assessment of the evening: there had been several good things thrown in there. He thinks back on it briefly, then shrugs a shoulder.] Although considering the evening as a whole, I might say I came dangerously close to having a good time--

    But that would put my reputation at risk, wouldn’t it?

    [Can’t have people thinking that Rip actually knows how to enjoy himself, after all.

    The humor is quickly brushed aside, however. Mick agrees to look after Leonard’s room, and that’s good enough for Rip. It’s about all either of them can do at this point, at least in terms of this one place.]


    Have you told Lisa yet? Dr. Palmer was under the impression you were handling that part of things. [Not just Lisa, but Maya and Riley as well. Rip can only hope he’s told the latter pair; he highly doubts Maya in particular would appreciate the news coming from him.]
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    [personal profile] undirected 2017-04-12 06:53 pm (UTC)(link)
    [It’s the brand of smile that Rip can understand, that he’s worn himself countless times. It’s the hollowed-out look of someone who is grieving and yet unremoved from the continuing flow of life, the turning of the world and the assorted parts within. Things are still funny, even when one is so miserable. Those moments where for a moment, they might look up and be reminded that yes, light still shines above the surface.

    Even if they can’t help but drown beneath the waves.

    He tilts his head forward briefly when Mick tips the can; even that ghost of a smile is no doubt an accomplishment today.

    Yet the moment passes quickly; when Mick confesses that he has no intention of telling Lisa, Rip frowns, ready to point out that Lisa’s clever. She won’t realize that Len’s not around for a week, if it’s only a week.

    But when the other man says he can’t--that, at least, Rip can understand a bit better.]


    I’ll tell her, if you’d like. [And likely risk bearing the brunt of her anger, but it’d hardly be the first time that’s happened in Rip’s life.] But she does need to be told, Mick. You know that.
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    [personal profile] undirected 2017-04-12 08:04 pm (UTC)(link)
    No, it’s not. It’s the right thing to do.

    [Rip crosses his arms, his back still pressed against the door as Mick remains sprawled on the bed. Of all of them, Rip suspects he would have the easiest time abiding by the lie, aided by his years of keeping secrets as a Time Master. Yet he hasn’t forgotten the look in Lisa’s eyes when she angrily confronted him over just such a secret, demanding to know how Rip could have acted as if everything were fine while knowing Leonard had died.

    He also remembers another person who felt a similar rage—Mick himself.]


    She’s going to notice, Mick. Then she’s going to want answers. [And Lisa’s not the only one. Rip huffs out a sigh as Mick attempts to wash his hands of the matter.] You realize that Maya and Riley will figure it out as well. While I have a rapport with Lisa, do you really think the girls should hear this news from me?

    [Rip would tell them. He’s able to separate himself enough from the situation—but Mick has to see the cruelty in it, to Maya in particular.]
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    [personal profile] undirected 2017-04-14 12:28 am (UTC)(link)
    [The argument is futile; Rip is at least comfortable enough with the thought of telling Lisa that he’s willing to do so, meaning he can let the point drop. In truth he doesn’t wish to have to prove himself right in this case, to impress upon Mick all the reasons why he should inform the others regardless. He understands the sweet temptation of denial, how it lets one put off the acceptance of the worst brands of truth in favor of believing that things are somehow, miraculously, impossibly different.

    Yet time continues to move—and to press the burden of responsibility down on those who often would rather the world stop in the wake of their pain.

    Yet when it comes to Maya, the story is different. Yes, Maya doesn’t like Rip at all, but that’s a point as much in Rip’s favor as it might be Mick’s.]


    It’s not my reputation I’m worried about, Mick. [Rather it’s the pain of a young girl, one who for some reason that Rip doubts he will ever understand has attached herself to Leonard and Mick. At least the latter seems to relent in this one regard.]

    Good. They will need your support, Mick. [Even if the man himself feels that he’s in no position to offer any. Better than leaving Mick alone to sit in Leonard’s room drinking the entire time, however.]
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    [personal profile] undirected 2017-04-15 10:13 pm (UTC)(link)
    [It's not great, not by any extent--but under these circumstances, with Mick in this state? A promise to do "if he remembers" is likely the best Rip can expect to get out of the man. Still, whatever he does do will no doubt turn out better than anything Rip could offer up. He could breathe in a fashion set to make Maya angry on a good day.

    When she learns about Leonard, it will hardly be good.

    He lets out a slow breath when Mick tells him to leave in no uncertain terms. Really, there's likely not much more Rip can do anyway--although he intends to check on the man periodically, to be sure that he hasn't decided to set the mansion on fire if nothing else.

    There is one thing Rip won't let stand, however, even as he pushes off the door.]


    I'll go, but don't forget--I do have some idea of what you're going through. [To lose his partner, his friend, the single-most important person in his life? That is a pain Rip has intimate familiarity with.

    And he knows tht Mick is anything but fine.]
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    flavor texts apr 11-18

    [personal profile] shrinkage 2017-04-14 03:35 pm (UTC)(link)
    hello my dove-- i forgot if you like two-ply or the scratchy stuff. i'll just pull both out i guess? you can never have too much tp, right???
    shrinkage: "i'll give you my love (ah fuck)

    [personal profile] shrinkage 2017-04-14 03:36 pm (UTC)(link)
    ...........please disregard that last text it was not for you
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    [personal profile] shrinkage 2017-04-14 03:36 pm (UTC)(link)
    wait if you're not here right now does that mean you'll even get these?
    shrinkage: z504 i'm just a lonely boy (051)

    [personal profile] shrinkage 2017-04-14 03:37 pm (UTC)(link)
    HYPOTHESIS: YES
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    [personal profile] shrinkage 2017-04-14 03:38 pm (UTC)(link)
    i guess the test is whether you get that first one and then make fun of me for it. i guess we'll find out soon enough!
    shrinkage: z504 i'm just a lonely boy (interested-goofy-thinking)

    [personal profile] shrinkage 2017-04-14 03:39 pm (UTC)(link)
    you what this is kind of nice actually. it's like i can still talk to you while you're gone and tell you about my day and all that.
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    [personal profile] shrinkage 2017-04-14 03:40 pm (UTC)(link)
    i think you should consider asking that therapist to talk to the little girl who threatened me because i was in your room by the way. she seems very troubled.
    shrinkage: 040 my name is onika (excite;happy;cheeky)

    [personal profile] shrinkage 2017-04-14 03:40 pm (UTC)(link)
    i taught space axel to run up the little ramp i built him! he is very fond of grapes. next up is jumping over a bar.
    shrinkage: 006 like it's your last chance (happy;mellow;humble)

    [personal profile] shrinkage 2017-04-14 03:43 pm (UTC)(link)
    axel just keeps chewing the bar. like father like son huh? i bet if he could use matches he'd burn the entire habitat i built him down.

    [ insert file transfer of axel chewing said bar.magicwonderlandvideoformat4 or whatever ]
    catchacold: :| (wtf)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-04-20 04:51 pm (UTC)(link)
    ...are you seriously ignoring me?

    [It seems like a legitimate question. Leonard has entered Mick's room quite a while ago, leaning against the door after closing it, Mick's eyes focused on him, but...

    Something was off.]


    How drunk are you?
    catchacold: :( (cold light)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-04-20 05:08 pm (UTC)(link)
    [For a few moments, the concern and an actual edge of panic shows plainly on Leonard's face, before he schools his expression again. Still, he pushes away from the door and walks closer to Mick, getting a look at his eyes. Has he been drugged?

    But no. Finally he lifts a hand in front of Mick's face, waving it.]


    You blind?
    catchacold: :( (aurora)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-04-20 05:17 pm (UTC)(link)
    ...hallucination.

    [The correction comes automatically and with a frown, because Leonard hasn't expected that and it's seldom that he's taken by surprise, even more rarely by something from Mick, whom he knows better than anyone.

    Why would he assume...]


    Why does it hurt, Mick?
    catchacold: -.- (running hot)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-04-20 05:28 pm (UTC)(link)
    [It's not the first time that he's seen Mick do something like this, berate himself that way. But it's been a while and given the context of it all...

    It hurts.

    Maybe that's why Leonard's reaction is to punch Mick right in the face.]


    Still not real?
    catchacold: :| (forecast)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-04-20 05:38 pm (UTC)(link)
    Who you gonna call?

    [The words are drawled with the usual tone, his eyebrows going up a little. It's easier to focus on a good line than on the implications of this all. Some time, somehow, this is how Mick feels. Somewhere where Leonard really is gone.

    It's easier to push that thought back for now.]
    catchacold: :( (walls breaking)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-04-20 05:45 pm (UTC)(link)
    [A few pokes he endures, then he snatches up Mick's wrist and forces his finger away from him. He looks at him as he is figuring it out, in a way that shows him that Mick clearly is pretty drunk, in addition to a brain slowed down by depression.

    So his expression finally softens and he moves just a little bit closer, leaning their foreheads together.]


    I'm here now, Mick. Stop questioning.
    catchacold: :( (frigid)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-04-20 05:58 pm (UTC)(link)
    You ain't crazy, Mick.

    [There's too much emotion in his voice, but he can't even be bothered focusing on that at the moment. Instead he pulls back to catch Mick's eyes, as if he could will him, could will things to be different. Better. He could take charge of this. He could fix it for him.]

    It's not so clear cut, good and bad. I'm here now. I'm with you. Good or bad.
    catchacold: :( (cold front)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-04-20 06:10 pm (UTC)(link)
    You went back out, eh? [Leonard can put that much together, has already assumed that much. It concerns him, but he hides that for now, simply accepting it with a nod.]

    How long was I gone then?

    [He knows it's about a week usually when Ray leaves, there's not that many others he's paid such close attention too.]
    catchacold: :| (ambiguous)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-04-20 06:26 pm (UTC)(link)
    [Damn.

    Lisa. Maya. Riley. He'd have to check in on them. But his priority has been Mick. Lisa's self-sufficient, more and longer than he's ever been comfortable with. Mick...

    This is Mick.]


    Can't have been that long. You haven't cooled off.

    [Still hot.]
    catchacold: :( (cold as ice)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-04-20 06:43 pm (UTC)(link)
    [Leonard feels chilled himself then, not that he hasn't the entire time. But seeing Mick walk away from him drives it home. He crosses his arms, fingers playing with the fabric of his jacket. His face doesn't give much away now and he shifts his weight mostly on one leg, eyes on Mick.]

    Guess so.

    [And what now?]

    I gotta find Lis.
    catchacold: :( (overcome)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-04-20 06:56 pm (UTC)(link)
    Riley. Yeah.

    [He nods his head, searching himself for what else he has to say. A lot inside him, a heart that's beating too fast and fingers so tight around his own arm that he thinks he might leave bruises, face for a moment once more creased with worry, fighting with that impotent anger.

    Somehow there are sometimes moments where the time here seems like at least a chance, some way to have the time he really doesn't have any more. But it rarely feels real, rarely amounts to more than pain. Feels even less real when he's standing there, looking at Mick, who's had to move on and who won't even look at him now.]


    Sure. Bet they'll be overjoyed.
    catchacold: :| (bruised - healing)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-04-20 07:06 pm (UTC)(link)
    [Rat. Well. Sure.

    Better than a dog. He's always known Mick's a dog person. He doesn't much care for dogs. Rats seem like a better alternative.]


    Your whole room smells kinda nice.

    [Seems suspicious.]

    I won't believe the kids cleaned your room. The rat, I'll buy.

    [The rat is endearing. No kid voluntarily cleans a room.]
    catchacold: :( (pouting)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-04-20 07:15 pm (UTC)(link)
    It ain't the worst.

    [Leonard watches the rat suspiciously. So that's who Mick can look at. He should be glad there's someone, even if it's a rat. He should be glad Mick has a new partner of sorts, even if it's Ray.

    But Leonard's never been that selfless.]


    So. You gonna keep drinking like this?
    catchacold: :| (ice one)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-04-20 07:27 pm (UTC)(link)
    [To Mick, he's gone. He's dead. It doesn't really matter whether he is in Wonderland at all.

    And he is gone. He is dead. He just also has to deal with seeing his partner mourn. Cope badly. Moving on in bizarre ways. Ray or rat, apparently.]


    Drink less, Mick. Maybe you can tell when it's the real me then.
    catchacold: bay window :( (don't have feelings)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-04-20 07:42 pm (UTC)(link)
    You gotta take care of yourself, Mick.

    [Since he can't do it anymore. He's self-conscious now when Mick looks at him, looking to the side himself.]

    Don't think you've ever wanted me to change.
    catchacold: :| (gloves off)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-04-23 02:41 pm (UTC)(link)
    Afraid that's part of the package.

    [A survivor, always.

    But two priorities that come before that. Even if he hasn't always been the best at showing that.]


    ...you want me to go?
    catchacold: :( (sitting down)

    [personal profile] catchacold 2017-04-30 08:29 pm (UTC)(link)
    I'll stay.

    [He just doesn't know how. Leonard stands there in the middle of the room, feeling lost. For a moment he closes his eyes and imagines he sees the light of the explosions. It should all be over by now.

    Instead he finally ends up sitting on the ground, leaning back against the wall, legs crossed in front of him.]


    Cute rat.
    crisised: (► what does that mean?)

    text.

    [personal profile] crisised 2017-04-30 03:47 pm (UTC)(link)
    hey i've got something for you
    meet me outside?
    crisised: (► pls don't put strange things on my hea)

    [personal profile] crisised 2017-04-30 04:11 pm (UTC)(link)
    i guess? it'd be easier outside but i can go wherever you are
    crisised: (► angsty rooftop sitting.)

    [personal profile] crisised 2017-04-30 04:29 pm (UTC)(link)
    a little ways between the mansion and the beach
    crisised: (► hair-tuck.)

    [personal profile] crisised 2017-04-30 05:09 pm (UTC)(link)
    [ kara's standing next to a rather large pit she's dug in the grass, a few bottles scattered near her feet and some wood in the pit. ]

    Len told me things are a little rough with you right now. I thought maybe you could use a fun distraction. [ she visibly hesitates for a moment, chewing her lower lip. ] And this.

    [ in a blink of speed, she's next to him, floating a few inches off the ground so she can more easily wrap her arms around his shoulders in a quick hug. ]
    crisised: (► dammit lois...)

    [personal profile] crisised 2017-04-30 07:57 pm (UTC)(link)
    [ she gives him one last little squeeze and then floats back to give him space. and a look. ]

    Bullshit. Hallucinating and dealing with someone you care about being dead automatically means things are rough.

    [ she's sadly speaking from experience here. ]

    I'm not going to make you talk about it if you don't want to, though.
    crisised: (► this is when her slytherin side shows.)

    [personal profile] crisised 2017-04-30 08:58 pm (UTC)(link)
    [ she could argue with him that any hallucinations are a bad thing, but that would defeat the purpose of this whole 'trying to keep him company' thing. ]

    Stuff to burn.

    [ kara walks back towards the bottles she's got in the grass. some of them are filled with liquids, some with powders or small crystals. everything one needs to make a multicolored bonfire. ]

    If you want, that is. No pressure.
    crisised: (► oh god uploading new icons)

    [personal profile] crisised 2017-05-04 03:36 pm (UTC)(link)
    Yep.

    [ she leans down and grabs one bottle in particular. inside are long, thin red crystals attached to what looks like leaves. ]

    Some alien stuff too, but this is mostly just an accelerant.
    crisised: (► don't send a man...)

    [personal profile] crisised 2017-05-04 03:52 pm (UTC)(link)
    [ she rolls her eyes so hard that it's almost a full-body expression. ]

    Your chest will be just fine, Ripley.

    [ kara opens the bottle and dumps the contents into her hand. it's a plant. a very crystalline plant. ]

    In English, this would be called a bloodbloom. It's a plant from my home planet--they used to grow along the firefalls. Inside these [ she pokes at a red crystal ] is a liquid that acts as an accelerant. It's kind of like the opposite of aloe vera.

    Here. [ she holds it out to mick. ] It's a little prickly, so be careful.
    crisised: (► what does that mean?)

    [personal profile] crisised 2017-05-04 04:02 pm (UTC)(link)
    Just crack open the crystals. They should break in half pretty easily.

    [ they're like petals on a very odd flower. ]
    crisised: (► grin and bear it.)

    [personal profile] crisised 2017-05-04 04:08 pm (UTC)(link)
    [ kara grins. ]

    There's a first time for everything!

    [ part of her was a little hesitant to try and get a bloodbloom from the closets. and then she wasn't sure if she should bring it. reminders of home can be a little painful. but the sight of mick carefully handling a flower and it's liquid contents is really kind of amusing. ]
    crisised: (► snark is what i do.)

    [personal profile] crisised 2017-05-04 04:21 pm (UTC)(link)
    Exactly like that.

    [ except for the fact that the blooms smell a lot better than gasoline. not exactly flowery, but not acrid like gas. ]