river_meimei: (upset)
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[Immediately after this:]

Duo is hurrying down the hallway towards room 121, pulling River along with him with one hand closed gently around her arm. She's starting to stumble a little, but keeping pace. He gets to watch where they're going for the both of them, though; her gaze darts around, never quite settling, and her jaw is clenched as tight as her shoulders and the tendons on the backs of her hands.

Her white face is tight with fury, but there are tears on her cheeks now.

Date: 2008-09-29 05:25 am (UTC)
maxwellsdemon02: (worried)
From: [personal profile] maxwellsdemon02
He's keeping up a stream of babble that is attempting to be reassuring as well. "Okay, okay, here we are. C'mon, let's get inside and close the door at least, huh? Man oh man, your brother is going to kill me." All right, that last part might not be so much with the reassuring. At least now they're in the room.

Date: 2008-09-29 05:45 am (UTC)
maxwellsdemon02: (Distressed)
From: [personal profile] maxwellsdemon02
"No kidding. I'm not keen on any gods, but his dad must have been a real nasty one. But he's gone, and we're here. It's pretty safe, I got some wards up on it ages ago, they should still work okay, though. Sit down at least."

He herds her toward the bed and hovers nearby.

Date: 2008-09-29 06:08 am (UTC)
maxwellsdemon02: (Distressed)
From: [personal profile] maxwellsdemon02
Ahhh, no crying girls! That is not a thing allowed to happen in his presence! He shoves a handkerchief (bright green) into her hand. "I figured getting away was the best thing, but you've gotta work with me here, kid. What can I do?"

Date: 2008-09-29 06:38 am (UTC)
maxwellsdemon02: (Doubtful)
From: [personal profile] maxwellsdemon02
"I..." He breaks off there. He's reasonably sure the guy wasn't trying to be malevolent. Solving math problems isn't very evil. But logic probably isn't going to help at this point.

"We're okay. Quantums and all. 'Least, I am. You're gonna have to tell me if you are." Duo quits twitching uselessly and sits down next to her.

Date: 2008-09-30 03:35 am (UTC)
maxwellsdemon02: (Sitting)
From: [personal profile] maxwellsdemon02
"That's not exactly encouraging." Duo bites his lip and carefully reaches out to touch her shoulder. He's got the pose of someone expecting to get smacked a good one. No sudden moves, though! He can always put ice on it later.

Date: 2008-09-30 04:01 am (UTC)
maxwellsdemon02: (Intense Duo)
From: [personal profile] maxwellsdemon02
"Okay, we can work with that. He didn't say too much, but it wasn't what he said, was it?" Since she didn't punch him in the face, he tries an arm around her shoulder.

"Feel free not to answer, but this is your other thing, isn't it?"

Date: 2008-09-30 04:19 am (UTC)
maxwellsdemon02: (Contemplative)
From: [personal profile] maxwellsdemon02
"I wouldn't want to read anyone's mind, here." That's a half question too, testing out a theory or two. "I like being the center of my universe just fine, thanks. I can only take so many points of view."

Date: 2008-09-30 04:32 am (UTC)
maxwellsdemon02: (Don't belong)
From: [personal profile] maxwellsdemon02
"That must suck," Duo offers.

Date: 2008-10-01 03:03 am (UTC)
maxwellsdemon02: (Facepalm)
From: [personal profile] maxwellsdemon02
"Is it quieter up here, away from people?"

Pause.

"...when I'm not talking, anyway?" Should he leave her alone?

Date: 2008-10-01 03:43 am (UTC)
maxwellsdemon02: (Doubtful)
From: [personal profile] maxwellsdemon02
"Should I shut up and leave you be?"

Date: 2008-10-01 04:27 am (UTC)
maxwellsdemon02: (Faint smile)
From: [personal profile] maxwellsdemon02
"If you say so." He is touched, actually!

"You wanna stay up here for a while, then?"

Date: 2008-10-01 04:55 am (UTC)
maxwellsdemon02: (Black hat)
From: [personal profile] maxwellsdemon02
"I get ya," he says. "Sometimes it's a lousy job. Go on, use that. I didn't give it to you so you could leak all over yourself."

He digs around on the shelf under the bedside table for a moment before coming up with a sharpie and a pad of paper. "Why don't you show me what you were working on before we got interrupted?"

Distraction is a go.

Date: 2008-10-01 05:24 am (UTC)
maxwellsdemon02: (Faint smile)
From: [personal profile] maxwellsdemon02
"You were the one who was getting all fired up about theory, earlier. C'mon, what if I forgot how to calculate my next trajectory? At least I could follow along in the notes."

Date: 2008-10-01 05:27 am (UTC)
maxwellsdemon02: (*beeeeams*)
From: [personal profile] maxwellsdemon02
Of course he is, this is his clever strategy. See? It worked.

"Yeeees?" He waggles the marker at her.

Date: 2008-10-01 05:54 am (UTC)
maxwellsdemon02: (Sitting)
From: [personal profile] maxwellsdemon02
"Well okay, no. Probably not." She's got him there. "But it was a purely hypothetical situation. See? Theory came in useful after all. You were right."

Date: 2008-10-01 06:05 am (UTC)
maxwellsdemon02: (Contemplative)
From: [personal profile] maxwellsdemon02
"I try and worry about subtle on occasions where it'll actually help," Duo tells her."Unless you'd rather play tic-tac-toe, show me what you got."

This will keep them busy for a while. He'll sneak back down and see if the bar has emptied out any later.

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