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Isabella Marie Swan ᗜ "Aegis" ([personal profile] autokinetic) wrote2013-08-03 04:17 pm

i'm just as i was before

Aegis is puttering around in an anonymous patch of vacuum. Jane is eating up the news that has passed in their absence and feeding Aegis a steady stream of it by brainphone so she can catch up, while she waits for Sue to get back from teaching the other Jokers to freecast. (Or "teaching them to freecast", whatever.)

She still hasn't gotten any welcome-back kisses. Hugs, yes, but not kisses. Probably this is going to require a conversation.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-08-04 01:51 am (UTC)(link)
Hey, where are you? he says cheerfully. The deck's splitting, everybody's learned now except Kas and Aianon and they might be a while each.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-08-04 02:34 am (UTC)(link)
Nope.

And there he is.

Snuggles!
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-08-04 02:40 am (UTC)(link)
A little, he says, hugging her some more. It's silly and shallow to care that you look fifteen; I'm not sure it's that silly and shallow to care that you are fifteen. You know? I grew up a lot while you were gone. You didn't. I still love you, but... I don't know. It's complicated.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-08-04 02:44 am (UTC)(link)
That's the tough part. A year? A few years? I don't know. I was fucking my way through the deck when I was sixteen, but I'm me. You're not.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-08-04 02:50 am (UTC)(link)
...Maybe. I don't know.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-08-04 02:59 am (UTC)(link)
Well, there's an obvious solution to that.

He pushes:

He kind of wants to kiss her, but - what wants to is mostly the memory of being sixteen; he has aged out of finding fifteen-year-old Aegis physically compelling the way he used to. He still loves her - he loves her a lot - but there's that distance there now, one-fifth of his life spent without her, a quarter of his life in the space between them. It matters. Maybe it would be better for both of them if it didn't, but it does. He loves her, but he needs... time. Time where she is around, growing up with him.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-08-04 03:16 am (UTC)(link)
Sue loves her some more. It seems like the thing to do.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-08-04 03:21 am (UTC)(link)
I'm sorry, he says, snuggling her. Snuggles and love. Lots of those things.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-08-04 03:25 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, he says. Maybe that'll change things some. I don't know. It's not exactly about the numbers, they're just - something to point to.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-08-04 03:34 am (UTC)(link)
That's about the size of it.

Snuggle.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-08-04 03:37 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah. I check up on them once in a while to see if they've cooked up anything similarly stupid - I should hand that off to Jane...

And off they go into the practicalities.

Sue has gotten very good at the practicalities.