river_meimei: (study the steps)
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It's late evening at Milliways. The sky is purple and indigo; not yet black, but the stars are out, and the last streaks of sunset are fading down the horizon.

A warm fall night. One of the last of the year, maybe.

Simon Tam is walking along the long rolling lawn above the lake, hands in his pockets.

He has been for a while. But now there's a shorter slimmer figure crossing the grass at an angle towards him. She's aiming to intercept, and, from the look of that approach, to join him.

Date: 2009-11-16 06:03 am (UTC)
simon_doctor: (pensive)
From: [personal profile] simon_doctor
Simon doesn't see her right away; he's studying the patterns of dimming light and color reflected on the surface of the water.

He's not thinking of much of anything, at the moment.

Date: 2009-11-16 06:14 am (UTC)
simon_doctor: (dark and serious)
From: [personal profile] simon_doctor
She's not making much noise, in the open space.

It's hard to say what makes him turn to glance in her direction.

Date: 2009-11-16 06:27 am (UTC)
simon_doctor: (with River - there you are)
From: [personal profile] simon_doctor
Hands still in his pockets, he starts toward her over the grass.

"Wan an, meimei," he says, once within speaking distance.

Date: 2009-11-16 06:42 am (UTC)
simon_doctor: (neutral)
From: [personal profile] simon_doctor
"What is?"

He takes one hand from his pocket, reaches out for her hand.

Date: 2009-11-17 04:47 am (UTC)
simon_doctor: (tee hee)
From: [personal profile] simon_doctor
"Oh." A beat. "Of course."

He presses her hand, half-consciously.

Date: 2009-11-17 05:13 am (UTC)
simon_doctor: (look up)
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Simon looks back at the lake.

"Walk with me?" he asks, soft.

Date: 2009-11-17 05:26 am (UTC)
simon_doctor: (with River - doorway)
From: [personal profile] simon_doctor
Technically, at the moment they're standing rather than walking.

He tugs gently in the direction of the shore, and they're moving again, albeit more slowly.

"I need to ask you," he says; except his mouth hasn't moved.

Date: 2009-11-19 12:02 am (UTC)
simon_doctor: (look up)
From: [personal profile] simon_doctor
The embers of the sunset are fading out, and the stars flickering in; the grass is thinning into gravel at the lake's edge.

Very soft: "River?"

Date: 2009-11-19 04:01 am (UTC)
simon_doctor: (oh but when I look at you...)
From: [personal profile] simon_doctor


"Have you thought about it?"

Date: 2009-11-19 04:36 am (UTC)
simon_doctor: (with River - keep her safe)
From: [personal profile] simon_doctor
His thumb moves over the back of her hand.

No louder: "You'll need to decide soon, meimei."

Date: 2009-11-19 04:57 am (UTC)
simon_doctor: (worried)
From: [personal profile] simon_doctor


"I know," he whispers. "I'm sorry."

Date: 2009-11-19 05:13 am (UTC)
simon_doctor: (hug)
From: [personal profile] simon_doctor
"River --"

He turns in toward her, wrapping his free arm around her shoulders.

"River, shhh. It's okay."

Date: 2009-11-20 01:49 am (UTC)
simon_doctor: (help us)
From: [personal profile] simon_doctor


"I know you don't want to go."

Date: 2009-11-22 06:25 am (UTC)
simon_doctor: (fear for River)
From: [personal profile] simon_doctor
He's silent.

Date: 2009-11-22 06:48 am (UTC)
simon_doctor: (help us)
From: [personal profile] simon_doctor
"You don't have to."

There's an ache somewhere under his ribs.

"Meimei, it's okay, you don't have to."

Date: 2009-11-23 03:28 am (UTC)
simon_doctor: (worried)
From: [personal profile] simon_doctor
The ache sharpens.

"I know," helplessly, "I know."

Date: 2009-11-24 01:19 am (UTC)
simon_doctor: (help us)
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"I'll be back," he murmurs, trying to make it sound reassuring instead of protesting. "I'll see you here at the bar. All the time."

Date: 2009-11-25 05:26 am (UTC)
simon_doctor: (help us)
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There's nothing else he can think to say.

He tries to swallow the pain in his throat, and strokes River's hair, trying to provide at least somatic comfort.

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