19.) Vitre and Hexen.

[To learn what this is from and how to participate, please read this previous post]

People called it ‘the incident’, or ‘that thing Dmiri did’. It overshadowed the trickle of news coming out of the Polis about the stadium bombing, at least among the employees at the resort. It made Vitre furious, especially when ne heard that Bharah had suspended him from work and was talking about firing him. Kreth, of all people, was one of Dmiri’s most vocal supporters when the lunchroom talk turned nasty. Terynik could barely stopped crying long enough to get through work each day. Neimei, the only one among the crew who had lived in the Polis before coming to work here, was withdrawn and barely around outside of her duties. Everyone was on edge.

Continue reading “19.) Vitre and Hexen.”

Advertisements

18.) Molvy and Neimei.

[To learn what this is from and how to participate, please read this previous post]

“Are you sure this is going to work?”

“No.”

Molvy paused. She took a deep breath, and then told Neimei, “Next time I ask that, please just lie to me.”

“If there’s a next time, I will,” Neimei promised.

Continue reading “18.) Molvy and Neimei.”

17.) Dmiri gets coffee.

[To learn what this is from and how to participate, please read this previous post]

Molvy and Neimei stopped talking and looked up as soon as Dmiri entered the employee break-room. Molvy looked guilty, which Dmiri usually assumed meant he’d been the subject of the conversation. Neimei’s expression was unreadable. He ignored them both, and headed for the coffee station.

Continue reading “17.) Dmiri gets coffee.”

16.) Storytime.

[To learn what this is from and how to participate, please read this previous post]

“Right, so Tenebrae is trapped on this island, cursed to live there because of some celestial rivalry that ended up getting carried out down here, and—”

“Hey, no skipping the best parts!”

“Fine, Terynik. Fine. Who’s telling this story again? But sure, have it your way.”

“Thank you, cousin, you’re the best.”

“So Tenebrae gets cursed during a battle because—”

“Battle with?”

Continue reading “16.) Storytime.”

15.) Drinking with friends.

[To learn what this is from and how to participate, please read this previous post]

When Hexen finally did take up Vitre’s offer to stop by for a drink some evening, he found Terynik already there. He’d dragged Illikhr along after him as, well, his security blanket if he was being honest with himself, and it was obvious the small space inside the trailer would vastly overcrowded by the four of them. But there were lawn chairs and a large woven mat in blues and greys just outside the door on a strip of grass, so they all settled themselves comfortably out there, instead. Vitre vanished inside again right away, and soon emerged with four small glasses and a large bottle of a golden-brown clear liquid Hexen guessed was alcohol. The label was in a strange alphabet he didn’t recognize, and he guessed it was from the wetlands.

Illikhr, already packing the bowl of his pipe, gave the bottle a satisfied grin and leaned back. “The good stuff, huh?” he said. “I’m flattered.”

“Straight from home,” Vitre replied, returning a conspiratorial smile.

“Oh, well, if you must,” Terynik said with a sigh and smirk, rolling her eyes.

The liquor burned in Hexen’s mouth when he tried it, leaving a warm glow like a banked fire in the pit of his stomach, and the taste of smoke in his mouth.

Continue reading “15.) Drinking with friends.”

13.) Vitre and Terynik.

[To learn what this is from and how to participate, please read this previous post]

Vitre hadn’t bothered with seeking out a new lover in quite some time. It didn’t bother nim much; nis lover back home in the wetlands more than made up for it when ne visited him, and most other people just didn’t seem worth the trouble. Easier to just be alone during the times between visits.

But sometimes being alone got lonely.

Continue reading “13.) Vitre and Terynik.”