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The desert's chilly at night. She's brought a jacket.

Charlie sits on a particular rock a few miles from the Taos complex, knees drawn up and arms wrapped around them, looking at the moon.
I am looking for someone who can take as much as I give
And'll give back as much as I need, and still have the will to live

She hasn't been able to reach Prometheus for over a month now. Not from here; not from Milliways. She's still in the habit of taking out the little clay figurine at odd moments, running her fingers over its rough-smooth surface in something like meditation.

She's doing it now.
'Cause I am intense, I am in need, I am in pain, I am in love
But I feel forsaken, you know like the things I gave away

The fallout of things at Tet has left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. The security guy, Stuart, that's upsetting; the Board member, Adamson ... that's sickening. Treachery from inside. Treachery from above.

Lot of good people, she told Charles Wallace.

And blood and fire are too much for these restless arms to hold


Her blocks have to stay up while she's on the campus, for fear the kids will pick up on her negative emotions. She's alone now, and can let down the blocks and look at what's behind them: anger, and fear, and a bewildered sense of loss.

And I'm calling you, calling you, from ten thousand miles away


Over and over her fingers slide along the kouros, as though counting off prayer beads, and no answering warmth comes.

Date: 2008-01-15 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com
Not quite silence.

Static.

Sparks.





"...that you? Charlie, hello? Hello? Are you out there?"

Date: 2008-01-15 04:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com
The voice from the kouros sounds like ten different kinds of relief.

"Yeah, it's me. Where are you?"

Date: 2008-01-15 04:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com
"I'm -- Chicago. Weeks? You're serious?" His own voice sounds shaken.

Date: 2008-01-15 05:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com
"Shit."

A pause, maybe a little longer, a little tireder than could be normal.

"I'm fine. I had to take care of something, but it's over, least for a while. I'm sorry I fell off the grid. Charlie, it hasn't been that long for me. I don't know what happened with the time."

Date: 2008-01-15 05:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com
"Uh..." He genuinely has to think about this. "A week, ten, eleven days, maybe? Which was long enough. Hey," and his tone shifts to something hopeful, "everything's good on your end, right?"

Date: 2008-01-15 05:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com
He frowns, audibly. "That doesn't sound like 'company picnic softball rivalries' kind of stuff."

Date: 2008-01-16 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com
A considered pause.

"I don't want to have this conversation over the phone. Where can I come see you, fast?"

It's urgent, certainly, but it's also skittish. Sheepish.

Date: 2008-01-16 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com
"Bar it is. I'm going to lurk by the door, and probably scare everyone who comes through before you. Catch you soon?"

Date: 2008-01-16 03:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com
He'd been wall-sitting, feigning patience with his arms crossed over his chest, but he's all motion and long limbs now.

"Hey." He's got her held tight before the word's all out of his mouth.

Date: 2008-01-16 04:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com
"It feels like a month, now." He presses a kiss to her temple. "Let's go hide someplace."

Date: 2008-01-16 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com
"Upstairs." That crooked half-grin puts in an appearance. "Who are you? It's way too cold outside."

Date: 2008-01-16 04:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com
"You're a freak," he shoots back, keeping his arm around her shoulder (warm).

The room they open up is comfortable: warm sunlight pools in from nowhere. It feels private, and just anonymous enough. The couch is long enough for sprawling, should the need arise. Good to know someone thinks of these things.

"So," he says at last. "Who's going first?"

Date: 2008-01-16 04:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com
"I -- am fresh out of coins right now, I have to say." He makes a show of patting down his pockets. "Though it's possible I may have--"

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