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Sugar Rush
Chris and Safi
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The talk with Ms. Zatara had left him feeling… Light. Lighter than he’d felt since… Ever? Since he’d been twelve and had discovered his little gift, which had freaked him the hell out because who in the world ever expected a toy to come alive in their hands?! NO ONE! No one in the history of the world would have expected something like that when they didn’t even believe in Santa Claus anymore! Not even a goofy, half naive orphan kid who just wanted to escape into a pretend world where he didn’t have to worry about the bullies or being adopted or any of his real world worries.

And god, did his side feel better! He knew without looking that the lighter but still mottled bruises on his ribs would be gone. That she’d done something amazing for him, and he moved with the energy and excess motion that his coworkers would have been missing the last couple of weeks.

And to whom did the PA bounce? The only bodyguard he actually actively spoke with, of course. The only person Chris had any actual interest with chatting with here…

He had spent a good portion of tonight showing Doc around, introducing him to people, helping him mingle and pulling him out when he seemed over his head. Doc was nice, and god was he a sexy beast of a man, but Chris had his eyes elsewhere. Just little furtive glances, nothing obvious, of course, never that; that wouldn’t do, he was working. Still, he’d been quite aware of where the other man had been the entire night. It wasn’t just because Safi was beautiful, either. It wasn’t. Safi was… Chris made sure he knew where to run if anything bad happened. Because sometimes bad things happened, and it was always good to know where the exits were. Where the safety nets were. And that sort of also meant knowing where Safi was, apparently.

He really wished he could pinpoint when that had started.

Still, he bounced, lighter on his feet than he had been in two weeks, giving Safi a shy but wide grin, ”Hey! How’s things over here? Hopefully running nice and smoothly?” The benefit wasn’t really over, which meant they were both here for at least a little while longer. But if they were both stuck here, then Chris figured he might as well see if Safi wanted company. ”If you’re busy, I can go… I just…” he shrugged, suddenly far more self conscious than he’d been a moment ago. It was so much easier to feel confident when he was across the room from the other man.

Yep, he was pathetic, and he knew it. But he wasn’t going to let that stop him!
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Tonight had Started out just fine; he'd gotten all the perimeter checks done ahead of schedule, everyone was where they were suppose to be. It had been a good night!

And than he's spotted Christian, leading around- no escorting a frankly stunning man. And suddenly his night had turned.

Safi had been polite if distant, blaming the fact that he was working for his cool detached facade.

And than the performance started.

It really sucked being security at these events; no matter how interesting, he couldn't watch it, he had to remain vigilant while everyone ELSE was distracted.

But hey that was the job.

And than after the show.

Yeah.

All

Of

that.

Safi a wasn't sure exactly why he was so damn grumpy but he was, so when Chris bounced (or sureeeeee a conversation and hug and god knew what else would put a bounce in his step. Of coooureseee it would.) over to him, Safi was in full bodyguard/security mode. Arms crossed, scowl hardening his features.

A noncommittal grunt answered the first question, the second got a huffed out breath, “Surprised you're not headed home, or to a hotel.”
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Tonight had been amazing. Okay, as Ms. Zatara’s PA for the event, Christian hadn’t really gotten to watch her show much; he was busy making sure things were running smoothly, that none of her people needed anything from him, making sure she had water and her sparkling wine on hand if and when she desired it… But it was a good night nonetheless.

The conversation she’d had with him at the bar had been terrifying. At first. But once they had started talking…

God, it was like a giant weight had been lifted from his shoulders! He didn’t have to be quite so alone anymore! It was wonderful! And she was willing to help him, to teach him and give him what he needed so he could learn and do more than just make toys come to life. Things like healing so he could get Belle better faster, and make sure that Safi didn’t ever have to suffer…

That was actually pretty damn important to him.

Safi was important to him. That was sort of a revelation. He didn’t know for sure when it happened (he did, however, sort of think he might suspect. Long legs stretched out to rest across the booth they had taken on the train to Gotham, blocking anyone from sitting with them, bothering them, while the went to go see Belle.) but it had. Safi was important. Safi was safe. And he needed Safi to stay safe.

The moment he and Zatanna were finished speaking, he had located Safi. Well, that wasn’t entirely true, now was it? He’d known where Safi was the entire time they’d been speaking. It made him feel better, to know where Safi was. Where to run to if he needed to run, to hide. That wasn’t embarrassing or anything, now was it? It was, but maybe not as much as it should have been…

So he bounced his way to Safi, grinning wide, eyes open and honest, warmth on his face as he greeted the man who had quickly become another part of his life. Closet interrogations and train rides and dances and surprises kisses and all.

Of course, Safi’s body language was… Imposing. Chris had almost forgotten how intimidating the man could be. Bodyguards were supposed to be like that, though. It was one reason Chris tended to avoid them; they were scary as hell when they wanted or needed to be. His smile faltered just a touch, and he pressed on with his greeting. And Safi made it perfectly clear that Christian’s presence was unwelcome. Was it because he was working? That was possible. It wasn’t exactly said that the bodyguards and security weren’t supposed to speak or socialize with other employees, but Safi was remaining distant, and…

“Surprised you're not headed home, or to a hotel.”

Christian blinked, his face falling. Why was Safi angry with him? Because Safi certainly seemed angry, and the words… So gruff, and they almost… No, not almost. They did sound like an accusation. ”Why would I need a hotel? You know where I live, it’s not far.” Chris fidgeted, uncomfortable, the happy, bouncy energy suddenly dispelled, ”Why are you angry, Safi? Tonight was a success… Did something happen?” He was silent a long moment before he asked, the words quiet, whispered, ”Did I do something else to offend you?” He’d been so careful. No more Sophie. The nickname had been dropped in the trash bin immediately when Safi said it was offensive. He hadn’t avoided the other man, either. He’d let himself be interrogated, and taken it with a quiet hope that this meant things were good between them. Then there was the kiss, and the train, and… What had he done wrong?
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Ok quit it conscious he had NOT just kicked a puppy!

“I thought you'd be headed for a night cap.” Safi rolled his shoulders resisting the urge to drop his defensive posturing.

“You have done. Nothing to offend.” Said sighed “I hate magic. She was…doing something, making it hard to focus on her-” you. “Makes me feel cross eyed and paranoid when people stop existing unless I look for them.” Safi took a breath told himself to stuff it and nudged Chris with a cocked more friendly eyebrow, “But when I did see, you looked cozy. Thought you'd be going home with her and the big man.”
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A night cap? Chris looked down at the floor. He had quite carefully picked the things that Ms. Zatara had given him up and settled them into his briefcase before he’d come over to where Safi was standing to talk to him. The deck of tarot cards rested gently in one of the pockets within, and the two business cards she’d given him nestled safely in his suit pocket. ”I don’t really drink much. Especially not during the week. Besides, the benefit isn’t quite over.” He looked around them, people were slowly starting to leave, yes, and soon it was likely that the employees would be able to go, too.

He had actually thought that maybe, since they lived not far from each other, that they could share a ride. This time, Chris could pay, which would be a very nice change from what seemed to have become their norm, where Safi always seemed to pay for things. He’d rather liked that idea…

”I hate magic.”

Christian hated himself for flinching. He knew Safi would see, and then… And then it was possible that Safi would know.

And then Safi would hate him, too.

Chris looked down, away from where Safi would be able to see his eyes, worrying his lip, because… Damn. No wonder Safi just plain didn’t like him. ”She just wanted to talk to me without being interrupted. She… She was trying to help me with...something.” With magic, because apparently his magic made him a target for bad mages.

He sort of felt like his chest was seizing up. Safi hated magic, and he didn’t like Chris to start with, and Chris wondered if that was because of the magic. If Safi had realized, maybe unconsciously.

Was he one of the sensitive ones, as Ms. Zatara said? Repulsed by magic users? It was possible… But Safi had seemed okay with him..

”I hate magic.”

The nudge earned another flinch, but not from pain. He didn’t look up at Safi, his voice subdued, even though he flushed a bit at the mention of going home with the magician.

”You’re cute. I’d sleep with you.”

”Well he’s been fighting the compulsion hardest, if that helps.”


He’d turned her down, sort of. Because he’d wanted to go see Safi. Because hearing that Safi had been looking for him… ”I didn’t really want to.” he shrugged slightly, uncomfortable.
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No no he WASN’T kicking a puppy!!

But apparently Chris was a fanboy...but not enough of one to go home with her? That...was kinda shocking, he'd have in a heartbeat. “Why?” He asked bluntly curious, eyebrows raised. “God knows I would have.”

Maybe..? “You don't like girls?” He wondered aloud. Hell Safi had been pretty dang sure he liked boys but was he completely gay?

Or maybe.. safi sighed nudging him again, “Go for it, before she leaves. I'll cover if anyone asks.” He was trying to be nice, since apparently he'd been murdering kittens with his bare hands.
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Why?!

Chris struggled to figure out what he could say that wasn’t… The very horrible idea of the truth. Because that.. That was asking for trouble. Lots and lots and lots of trouble.

”I hate magic.”

He was fumbling for a reason when Safi asked about him liking girls, and Christian’s head snapped up, his eyes narrowing at the other man. He was still blushing, but that didn’t take away from the ire that reflected in his eyes. What, because he’d let Safi kiss him, because he’d reciprocated, because he… ”I don’t discriminate.” He didn’t care if a person was male or female, it was the person... And the fact of the matter was that… ”A woman can be every bit as beautiful as a man, thank you. I know. I’m quiet, and I’m small, and I can look at a man and see something pretty,” he was almost snarling now, ”But that doesn’t mean you get to label me.”

When Safi tried to nudge him, Chris danced over a step with the same fluid agility he’d shown on the dance floor at the brat’s birthday party. ”I don’t sleep with who you tell me to, just because you say so.” Okay, yes, he was bristling, his words coming out stiff and angry and he was upset, and… "When I make that decision, to do that? It'll be because that person means something to me." Because that person was someone he trusted and cared about, and...

”I hate magic.”

Why had he come over here in the first place?!

Because Zatanna Zatara had said that Safi had been looking for him. And that had made him feel…

Good. It had made him feel good. Cared for. He wasn’t actually crying, but his eyes were just beginning to water. ”Just… She said that you… I thought…” His jaw worked for a moment before Chris shook his head, ”You know what, never mind. Just… You have a nice evening, Safi. I’ll get my own ride home, because I’d hate to push my presence on you more than I already have.”
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So he no longer felt like he was kicking a puppy, now it was more being mauled by a Pomeranian after extending his hand.

“Oh come on.” He growled, “I originally thought you were going to sleep with her so excuse me for asking a question!” He hissed flipping his mic ‘mute’ so their little spat didn't become office gossip.

“Labels aren't a bad thing by the way! They can be very very useful when dealing with confusing little men!” Oh it was the pretty thing again? Safi had taken it and run with it gleefully but now that compliment was being thrown in his face!

“She said I what?” Was Safi starting to hate the woman on a personal level? Maybe just a smidge.

“What??”

“Who the fuck said you were pushing anything?” Safi was..apparently not good at expressing himself at all tonight. Or around him. Or in general it seemed unless there was an immediate crisis that needed to be dealt with.

“Why are you leaving!”
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”Why?” The question was asked softly, though the glare he was giving Safi when he asked the too-gentle question, ”Do I come off as someone who would just…” He shook his head, ”Do I seem so desperate to you??” He was working to not cry here, and that was growing difficult. It stung, the complete and sudden rejection of something that had been such a big part of him, of his life… And the rest didn’t help, either.

Christian wasn’t wearing a mic. Sometimes the PA’s did, but considering his assignment, Christian hadn’t felt the need. He wasn’t yelling, though. He had managed to keep his voice at almost a conversational level, even if it were filled with venom.

”For you, maybe they’re not bad! Because really, what labels are put to you, Safi? Pretty? Handsome? Strong? Those are good labels. You’re not me though! And I’m sick of the labels that people give me! No, I’m not gay. No, I’m not just a coward, even if I don’t fight back. No, I’m not a fool just because I try to hope for the best. But those are my labels, aren’t they? That’s what you see, isn’t it? Just a little man.”

She said… Christian’s shoulders tensed, and his breathing shuddered to a halt for a moment before he looked away. ”She said you were fighting to find me. That you were actively trying to… You hate magic? Well I don’t. She put that spell up for me. To protect me. Because I didn’t want anyone to know what we were talking about. And then, when I told her I wanted to stay at the party to talk to you, she told me that you had fought the hardest against the spell, and I thought…” But no. Of course not.

”You obviously aren’t in the mood for my company. And I’m trying not to force it on you!” Damn him, he just didn’t want to upset Safi more than he had, and he wanted to just curl up in bed and cry because Safi hated magic, and Chris’ whole life revolved around his magic, his toys, his friends…

”Why would I stay? My job’s done. The person I was sticking around to maybe share a ride with all but tried to push me out the door to go sleep with a woman I’ve been working for. Not much more reason to stay here, is there?”
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Safi wasn't sure he'd actually in his life ever done a double take; yet here he was head snapping from Chris to the slowly mingle/exiting headliner- “Desperate??!? holy fuck! No wonder he wasn't getting anywhere if THAT was so far below him to be considered being ‘desperate’!

Safi was security which meant earbuds and discrete microphones so they could coordinate and communicate, he was still listening with half a ear (he had to it was his bloody job!) to the occasional chatter and check ins.

His jaw clenched, muscle ticking in his cheek as this little man spit in his face. Was he open here? Yes because in America he was safe, he didn't need to worry about shoving his lifestyle in his family's face because they could just ignore the bits that made them uncomfortable.

“Do you actually care what I see? Or do you just want to continue to make assumptions?” Safi’s confused grumpy anger was solidifying into cold, flatness, hiding and suppressing his emotions before he made more of a scene.

“To protect you from what?” That was his job. A voice deep inside of him growled out possessively.

Fighting to find him...yes but- “From me?” He wouldn't...why would she?

“Not working for her now. And if you stuck around I would share a ride.” He finished half petulantly hurt that he'd been marked a danger?
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Oh, nope. No. Chris followed Safi’s gaze, smiled just a bit more softly, with actual, real, honest gratitude on his face. And was there just a bit of reverence there, too? Yep. Why? Not because Zatanna Zatara was a famous magician, or because she was gorgeous (both of which were true) but because she had been amazingly nice to him. Because she had helped him, and that help was like pulling a drowning man from the ocean. Did he idolize her? A bit. Look up to her? He did now. Would he sleep with her? ...No. But not because she wasn’t good enough for him. But because he wouldn’t have meaningless sex with someone. He wanted something more than that.

It stung because he’d been more honest with Safi than he’d ever really intended. Because he thought Safi was different. He might not like Chris, but that didn’t mean he didn’t care, right? That’s what Safi had said. Safi had protected Chris, and he’d never had anyone do that other than Belle, and…

He shook, violently, just for a moment, jaw clenched too tight, his teeth were starting to hurt, and his jaw was aching. Finally, he managed to chew out the words, ”I wouldn’t have asked if I didn’t want to know. Because yes, I want to know what you see when you look at me. Because… Because…” Because, because! ”Because I thought you were different! And…” his resolve was disintegrating as Safi just seemed to ice over, and Chris huddled back against the coldness in his gaze, eyes dropping down. And because he’d thought Safi had been safe. Safe to maybe, just maybe, start to trust, just a little, teeny tiny bit… Safe to just be around. Not right now, though. Chris didn’t feel safe right now, he just felt that coldness…

”To protect you from what?”

“From me?”


”From…” Chris waved an almost flailing hand around them, at all the people, eyes moist, ”This. Them.” Maybe from you, because you hate magic.

I don’t want you to hate me.

He was almost shaking again, just shivering slightly, trying to ignore it, because maybe if he ignored it it would stop. If he ignored the shaking it wouldn’t turn into tears, because that would be humiliating.

God, he wished he could make that ignore me spell. Because right now? That would be very, very nice.

”Why do you think I’d need protection from you?” the question was almost too quiet to hear, in a voice that shook, ”Because you hate magic?” Because you’ll hate me now? Yeah. But it was better if he knew, right? Because Chris didn’t like lying, and if Safi hated magic, and Chris didn’t acknowledge, and then… It was like lying. Lying by omission, and that was just as bad.

”No, not now. But she…” he started holding the briefcase handle with both hands, knuckles white, ”She helped me, and yeah, she… I mean, she’s… But… I’d rather have a friend in her. I’d rather that a lot. And when she said, I thought… It was nice, to feel like that. Even if it was just for a minute.” He sighed, then shrugged in defeat, ”Yeah, sure…” What the hell, he could stay. That didn’t make him pathetic. Not any more than he already was.
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“Different? Than what?” He was trying really really hard not to scrub his face in frustration. Why was it so hard to talkto him??

“What I see? Scared man, brave man, brilliant man, in light and mind.” Oh and great his English was deserting him forcing him to sound like a parody of himself. “Fighter with out fists.” God protect him he was one ‘in soviet Russia’ joke from being a complete mockery.

“Hating magic? I can't fight magic-” take a deep breath, translate in your head before talking. “Magic can be useful, but for me it is a force I can't shoot, I can't win against. It makes me edgy when I am working because I cannot control the variables.” Protection from him...hating magic…

Safi’s eyes narrowed glancing not at Chris but the space around them, he drew him further away from the crowd pulling his ear bud completely with a brusk ‘cover for me’ ignoring the comments about getting a quickie.

“Chris...is what what you do? Is that why Johan is alive?” There wasn't anger in his voice if anything it became softer, coaxing. “I can't protect against magic, or help when it goes bad-” Safi quietly let out his own secret, “Sarah, she can see things. Had visions.” And he couldn't protect her from them.

“I-” just for a minute? “I sort of thought we were friends.” He admitted quietly.
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”Than everyone else.” Safi had pushed him around, sure, but he’d never bullied him. There was a huge difference; Belle did that, she pushed him and directed him, but she was never a bully about it. Safi had seemed so similar to that; pushing and prodding out of care, not just to control. It made it easier for Christian to relinquish that control, when he thought someone was caring for him.

Christian wasn’t listening to the grammar. He wasn’t laughing or even smiling. He was watching Safi quietly, carefully. ”I don’t fight. Never have.” He shifted, ”All fighting does is hurt someone, you or them, and it doesn’t matter, it’s not… I won’t. I won’t judge someone else for it, because I understand why people fight, defend, and I respect that some, like you, protect other people. I admire it. But I can’t.” It made his chest ache, to think about hurting someone else.

Hating magic. Yes. His words. Safi’s. ”Yes, but…” He shifted, shuffling his feet a little bit, ”So you just hate it all? Without any… Distinction?”

When Safi pulled him away from the crowd, Chris frowned, but he followed nonetheless. What did Safi want? He didn’t know… And then Safi asked about Jonah, and Chris stared at the floor, his voice small, ”What else would it be, Safi? Of course that’s why Jonah is alive. Why all of them…” his voice was thick with emotion, ”They don’t last… Jonah’s different, I don’t know why, but he is, and I… I’m grateful for that, I needed…” he sighed, ”It doesn’t go bad… It just doesn’t last.”

He listened about his daughter. ”Had?” He looked up, cautious, but concerned. ”The magic isn’t the frightening thing, Safi…” No, it was the bad people. People he hadn’t even known about until Zatanna had told him.

”I sort of thought we were friends.”

”Friends.” he felt sort of hollow right now. ”I’m not… I don’t have.. Haven’t ever, I mean..” he sighed, gripping his briefcase and thinking about the cards in them, and he muttered, ”I really am a fool.” A naive little fool of a man.
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Everyone else? Safi really wondered how poorly he was used in the past that he really had no one to trust? No one he could rely on besides perhaps his sister?

“You fight.” Safi corrected, “you fight to not fight.” He really couldn't explain his faith that the little man wasn't a coward, but everything he'd seen of his personality told him he'd fight for someone else and if he was right; that was a kind of fortitude that few possessed.

“Very good programming.” Because of course he assumed that before bloody MAGIC!

“It is when you are a four year old child dreaming of your father being shot.” Before it happened. God he'd tried to explain comfort her...and than it had happened.

“I think we both are.” Safi sighed rubbing his eyes. “I am sorry. Maybe..tell me what she said that made you feel better?”
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Used wasn’t the word that Chris would use. Used indicated a certain amount of distance, and Chris… No, he’d been bullied, and he’d been tormented, and he’d been betrayed. Sure, most of that was as a child, too young for any betrayal or bully to have been honestly, truly dangerous, but a six year old that the boys picking on him weren’t dangerous. Tell a twelve year old that the beatings could be worse. Tell a sixteen year old that he could be odder. And human beings learned from what they knew.

What Chris had come to know was that it was better to stay separate, to just not allow himself to trust people, than to let himself be betrayed. Belle had been the single constant, friend no matter what, and he had, and still did, trusted her. He was doggedly loyal, and he loved her with everything he had. Safi had compared him to a puppy, and a much younger brother, and in some ways, Safi wasn’t wrong. In a lot of ways, really.

Chris sighed. No, really he wasn’t a coward. He’d read somewhere that it took a certain amount of courage to take a punch you knew would hurt without flinching or trying to get away. Still, he didn’t really see it that way. If he weren’t a coward, he’d fight back, wouldn’t he? Everyone else did.

Very good… ”I’m… Not that good a coder…” he licked his lips, half expecting Safi to yell at him, and just waiting for it.

Yeah, okay, Chris remembered the first toy that came alive in his hands, and… Yeah, that had been damn scary. ”Okay, well yeah, that would be scary I think.” Think, not know. Because Chris wasn’t entirely certain; he’d been an orphan already at that point, so… But he could imagine having that sort of nightmare about Belle, and then having it come true... ”Or just terrifying… Probably more like terrifying.” He sighed.

Both? Chris didn’t argue, because really, what was there to argue? Safi didn’t look angry right now, and Christian was beginning to think that maybe it could be okay. Even if Safi knew about his magic. His daughter had magic, after all, of some sort… What had Ms. Zatara said that made him feel better? Chris blinked, ”She said… You were fighting the compulsion hardest.” The rest had all been in his head, right? Yeah. But… ”The spell she did… It showed people what they expected to see, that they’d just sort of… overlook us? That when people saw us, they’d see and hear what they expected and no one would have to know about… The magic.” He gave a quiet, strangled sigh, ”When she said you were… Pushing at it… I just… I felt…” he shrugged, looking away again, ”It’s not important. You were working, and I was making it more difficult for you to do your job.”
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“I am seeing that.” Safi muttered more to himself with a touch of gallows humor.

Terrifying. Try scarring. Tel Aviv wasn't as susceptible to terrorist events as Jerusalem, but at four Sarah had been old enough to understand that daddy could not come home someday.

“My eyes kept trying to skip over you.” Safi frowned, “maybe because I didn't expect anything but wanted to see you.” Fuck if he knew how magic worked.

“I don't like not being able to see you.”
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Chris sighed. ”It’s… They’re just toys… They don’t hurt anyone, Safi. I just…” I make them so I’m not all alone. Yeah, that would sound just so great, to say that to the man. To admit that, out loud. No way. Wasn’t going to happen.

And while yes, Chris imagined that it would be terrifying, he also couldn’t be entirely sure, because… He’d never had a father to worry about. Because he knew very, very young that parents could go away forever and leave you all alone. Hard lesson when you’re just a baby, but one that Chris had learned, and kept with him.

People, even the ones that are supposed to love you and be there for you, can always leave. They can always disappear. Always.

Chris shifted, shrugging, ”We just sat at the bar and talked, Safi. I wasn’t in danger. I’m not stupid, I stayed in public, and if you really needed to find me, you could. That’s how the spell worked.”

”I don’t like not being able to see you.”

Chris blinked, ”Why? Why does it matter if you can see me or not? I’m just one person in a sea of people.”
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“I know.” And he did, he'd seen the visceral reaction when he'd joked about Battle Bots. “You made them. They are-” he was going to say ‘pets’ but thought better of it not wanting to spark another angry reprise. “Friends.” Huh odd to say but it felt right.

“She's a mage-” he began petulantly. “She could have done anything. Being in public doesn't mean safe when she can keep me from seeing you.” There was a touch of well hidden panic in his tone.

“Because I worry! Because you're a friend? Because you have a tendency to wander off and come back with black eyes and bruised ribs!” He waved expansively at his body. “That gets me upset!”
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Pets would have been the wrong word, and while Christian wouldn’t have grown angry at its use, he would have corrected Safi nonetheless. Because Jonah wasn’t a pet, he didn’t treat the little roomba like one, he spoke to him, and expected his words to be understood and responded to. Friends was much more accurate a description for how Chris treated his creations. He nodded slowly, eyes on Safi even as he did so.

”And magic users shouldn’t be trusted?” did he sound just a touch breathless? Yes, but not angry, not accusing, it was.. He was trying to figure Safi out, trying to find his place again, where he stood, what sort of ground he was standing on; was it going to shift beneath his feet again like drying sand? Or was he standing on terra firma? He wasn’t sure, and it made him uneasy. He caught a hint of...something..in Safi’s tone. Worry, maybe? And Chris shifted, slowly crawling his way from indignance and ire to apology and atonement. ”You could have just shot me a text… I’d have responded…”

Friend again. Safi kept using that word, and Chris wasn’t sure if he meant it, or if the word meant the same to Safi as it did to Chris… ”I don’t wander off… I go to Gotham to visit my sister! And… it’s not my fault that Gotham is a horribly violent place!”

”That gets me upset!”

How is you care so much? ”Safi....” Chris’ voice was thick, and he licked his lips, buying time to think, ”I… I’m sorry? I can’t… I won’t stop going to Gotham to see Belle. She’s my sister, my family, I won’t abandon her, not when she’s always been there for me. You understand, right? A few bruises aren’t going to stop me from seeing her…” he sighed quietly, shaking his head, ”I don’t like to think I upset you, Safi… But I can’t just not go see her, either…”
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“People I don't know aren't to be trusted, and magic users have more potential that I can't defend against.” He thought he'd been pretty clear on that point.

“And if you were getting a hook up I didn't want to bug you!” Honestly he'd been doing good!

Gotham. “You wander off IN GOTHAM!” He admitted that it was dangerous and he still went for random walks!!

“Well fine then.” Safi crossed his arms. “I'll go with you. I'm not going to tell you not to visit your family, but than I'll tag along to make sure if you DO wander off-” again. “You don't get beat on.”
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