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Re: Beyond the Shadows

Post by Danry on Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:49 pm

The picture was coming along nicely. You could definitely see the garage background, and contrary to what she had originally intended, Alec decided to draw Kit as she had seen him when he first spotted her. Standing up, turned slightly towards her, ear buds in, a look of surprise on his face. To add just a bit more to it, she also added (for perspective) Shep and herself, closer to the edge of the picture. Details were coming together and pulling the whole picture into something beautiful. Now all it needed was some color.

So deep into her own world, the sound of the door startled Alec quite a bit more than she'd ever admit. It was Kits voice and Sheps lack of aggression at the knock that really pulled her out of panic mode enough so she could get to the door. "Actually, yeah." She spoke as she opened the door for him to enter. Seeing the food that he held, she smiled softly. "You didn't have to.. Feed us.." She spoke almost sheepishly. Alec had been alone for so long, she wasn't sure how to appropriately react to such a thing.

"Come in.. And, thanks."

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Re: Beyond the Shadows

Post by Machine Man on Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:58 pm

Kit smiled as he entered Alec's apartment. He didn't expect her to have anything really set up except for the bare essentials, since she had just started moving in that day. It was clear that she had been traveling light, evidenced by the lack of boxes and packaging tape. The space was still clean, for the most part. "I figured you'd be busy unpacking, and most people forget to eat when they get into a groove, so I wanted to make sure you had everything."

He placed the dish on the counter and grabbed a fork, realizing that he hadn't yet tasted the completed product. Kit almost gagged as soon as the 'food' touched his tongue. He realized immediately that he must have salted it twice, for it tasted like pure salt with a little bit of everything else. There was no subtlety to spitting the taste back into the dish, having realized that no one in their right mind would find that appealing.

"On second thought... why don't I take you out? Show you around a little bit? There's an outdoor bakery not far from here where we could take Shep."

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Re: Beyond the Shadows

Post by Danry on Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:38 pm

For a moment Alec felt uneasiness well withing her, but quickly squashed it. She was safe for the time being. It hasn't even been a week since she had escaped the view of Jerrod, he would still be searching her last location for signs of her and which direction she went. If he had asked her that a month or so from now her answer would be a flat, unwavering no. Jerrod could be sniffing around by that point, and she would never risk her safety just to go out and have a life.

"Sure. That sounds nice." She smiled and looked back at Shep. "Wanna go for a walk? I'll have to leash you." That didn't seem to matter to the dog, he was just excited to be able to go outside again. He yipped in response, and she knelt down to pull his leash out of her back, tucking a few treats into her pocket.

"Its a shame that we can't eat what you cooked. Looks good, but I assume it looks better than it tastes by your reaction?" Alec laughed as she stood, hand loosely looped in Sheps leash. She didn't have to worry about him pulling her or trying to run off. He was well trained, and loved.

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Re: Beyond the Shadows

Post by Machine Man on Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:24 pm

The pair exited the building, canine loyally sticking to his master's side. It was easy to see that the animal not only respected her position as master, but appreciated her love and affection and returned it as often as possible. Shep really was a good dog, which made Kit again miss his own pet. Maybe he would adopt another dog.

No... not then. It wasn't the right time. Maybe Alec would let Kit walk him occasionally. Yes, yes that would be better.

"Eh, you put too much faith in me. I like to cook, but i'm not that great. Most of my recipes come from family. I just make little modifications to them to suit my tastes. I can't stand onions, but a lot of times a bit of raw radish can replace that crunch with something... well edible, really." Kit hated onions with a fiery passion. If he had his way, they would not exist on the face of the planet Earth.

Down the street and around the corner, Kit made small talk, generally avoiding both of their pasts, thinking it too early to really start digging. There would be time for that later on, if he even felt he needed to pry. But his 'don't ask don't tell' policy was not one he broke lightly. The bakery came into view, and just as it did, the air was joined by the sweet smells of pastries and freshly baked breads. It always made Kit's mouth water.

"It's really not too bad here. I mean crime can be an issue sometimes, and you'll want to stay away from the Boiler Room as much as possible. But other than that, I think you'll really like it here."

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Re: Beyond the Shadows

Post by Danry on Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:02 pm

Alec enjoyed the walk, and the small talk. The air felt good on her skin, the smells making her realize how hungry she really was. She was glad Kit was so kind. Most people would just leave a new person alone to fend for themselves in a new and unfamiliar area. Or they'd pry, and dig into the details of the past, most and inconsiderate. But not Kit. He seemed to avoid the past, and she was glad for it.

"If this were some sort of horror novel, my first thought would be: let me go check out the Boiler Room, but since I've read enough Stephen King, I am smarter than that." She laughed. It felt nice to laugh with someone else, to have a human companion. She loved Shep, and would do anything to protect him, but sometimes having another person to talk to was comforting. It really was a shame it wouldn't last for more than a few months.

As we neared the bakery, a door slammed from somewhere nearby causing a loud echo down the street. Alecs entire body tensed, tightening her grip on her dogs lead, and she fought to maintain her passive expression and nature but it was clearly visible that the loud, sudden sound had rattled her.

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Re: Beyond the Shadows

Post by Machine Man on Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:49 pm

I jumped at the sound of metal impacting metal, but relaxed shortly after. I was relatively accustomed to sudden, loud noises. Almost immediately, however, I could see that Alec was not only frightened by the sound, but was left visibly shaken by it. Shep's quiet whimpering clued me in that there was more going on than just being scared by a loud sound.

"Hey, it's alright. Shit like that happens every now and then around here. It's an older part of town so things aren't quite as quiet as they are now. The first two years living here I was terrified to walk down the sidewalk cause i'd here gun shots almost every day. Turned out it was just an old car backfiring."

I didn't even really realize it, but I had moved to stand between Alec and the street. Not that there was anything wrong with that, of course, but I worried in that instant that I might have made her uncomfortable. But she didn't know that I could do things that no one else can do. She didn't know that I could throw lightning or mess with electricity. She didn't need to know. No one needed to know.

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Re: Beyond the Shadows

Post by Danry on Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:49 pm

"It just startled me, is all. I had gotten used to the quiet, I guess I wasn't expecting it." I laughed, though a bit forced, and breathed deeply to calm my rapidly pounding heart. Instinctively I reached down and ran my fingers through Sheps fur. He was shaken, but calmed a bit when he felt my touch.

Kit had moved, after that, between the road and me. Contrary to what most people would have felt, I was actually relieved. I dont know why, but that small gesture calmed me down a lot and I felt more at ease. It was a simple movement, something he probably didn't even realize he was doing, but I appreciated it. It was as if he had put himself between me and the strange newness of the neighborhood. Like a shield, or a buffer.

"I hope the food in here tastes as good ss it smells." I changed the subject, hoping to lighten the sudden dark mood that had come over us.

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Re: Beyond the Shadows

Post by Machine Man on Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:32 pm

I didn't press any harder, but I wasn't blind, nor was I dumb. There was clearly something deeper going on, but it was up to her whether or not he would end up learning about it. I decided that I shouldn't pry into it too deeply, but I was both fascinated and curious by her sudden shift in demeanor. "It's pretty good," I reply. "Better than most places."

We walk inside and immediately I hear my name. Embarrassed I chuckled and tucked my face down low. The old man and I had known each other only a short time, but when Giovanno needed help, I was there to answer the call. He said he owed me, but I wasn't really keeping a tab. He took care of me, too, so it all worked out fine.

"Hey, Gio. Couple of works for me and my friend here, yeah?"

"You got it, my boy!" Giovanno got to work immediately, singing in his native Italian as he rolled dough and seasoned sauces.

"Gio is probably one of the few actual native Italian chefs in the area. The man's a genius. He can cook anything in any style for any one... especially me." I whispered the last part and winked. Gio was a good man, one that I respected in the community. There just weren't very many of them.

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Re: Beyond the Shadows

Post by Danry on Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:02 pm

"He seems to care for you a great deal." I smiled, glad he didnt press any further on my fright. It wouldnt do any goos to tell him, I doubted I would be around long enough for him to even care about me more than a tenant. "It smells amazing, I can't wait to try it." I really couldn't. I hadn't eaten since.. Well.. I couldn't remember, which wasn't good. I'd been fueled by coffee the last cpuple of days and I was suddenly starving.

"Would you mind holding Shep for me? I need to run to the washroom real quick." I could have taken him with me, and normally would have, but I could see the look in his eyes when he saw my dog. He missed his own pup. I didn't mind sharing my little one for a bit if it would make him feel better. "If you wanted to, maybe you could join us for our nightly walks before his bedtime. I don't mind if you walk him, he's taken quite a liking to you." I smiled and handed over his leash; turning to Shep I held up one finger, and he knew that was the sign for 'stay' do he just laid at Kits feet.

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