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half Iago, half Fu Manchu, all bastard
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He jerked hard when she first spoke, almost losing his balance in the sudden shock of voices. It had been so long since someone had addressed him directly that he almost felt like the hapless straight man in a comedy routine; who, me? But of course there was no one else on the top of the scrubby mountain. Just himself and -- Kimberly, it was. He let a surprised smile cross his face. That wasn't bad. Kimberly was. Well. They'd never been close but he knew her and he thought, he thought maybe that would be okay. At the very least she probably wasn't going to try and shoot him.

He took in a long gulp of air and exhaled until it hurt, pushing each and every scrap of panic away from him. Old techniques therapists had taught him, how to school the mind and body into believing that everything was going to be alright. Denial doesn't work in the long term but oh, oh it is sweet in the short.

Another breath and he was ready. He straightened, limping a step forwards on feet which had finally given up and sprouted painful blisters under the rough canvas of his shoes. "Erik." His own voice sounded hoarse and strange in his ears and he grimaced, clearing his throat. Had it been that long alone?

"Laurin. The gay track guy or whatever. Not playing." He leaned his hands on the bench when he got there, not sitting yet but merely propping up his weight as he stretched a leg behind him. "Bit of a rarity these days."

The attempt at humor sounded sad even to him, and he closed his eyes for a moment, concentrating on the serenity he knew was floating somewhere in the chaos. You re-entered the game, Laurin. You've gotta play by its rules now.

marc st. yves
light it up or burn it down we'll all die in fire
{food for thought}

phineas rosario
fall down seven times stand up eight

sebastian conway
can't see the forest for the trees
{book of sparrows}

(so you've got to keep in mind, when you try to change the world for the better not everybody's gonna be on your side)
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