inthetapestry: (dave)
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Dave's been waiting in his apartment, pacing, for a few hours now. Wondering if after all he should have gone.

Though it's not like Sol Laine even knew who he was. And grief - grief is a damn private thing. Not to be shared with strangers.

But still, he was there; he knew what happened. All of what happened, hunt and everything, even more than Kim did. And how the hell could he have let Kim go talk to him by herself, anyways? What kind of friend does that?

And so he paces.

Date: 2007-08-08 05:13 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (kim in profile)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
Eventually, there's a knock at the door.

Kim's standing outside, staring at the ground, arms wrapped tightly around herself. Even though it's a summer's day, she still feels chilled.

Date: 2007-08-08 05:34 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (kim in profile)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
She puts her arms around him and lays her head on his shoulder, but doesn't say anything, not at first.

It takes a few moments before a small shudder runs through her as some of the tension seeps away.

Kim doesn't raise her head, and so her voice is a little muffled at first.

"Thanks."

Date: 2007-08-08 05:43 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
"I don't think it would have helped. I don't know if anything would have."

She looks up at him, white hair falling back from her face as she tilts her head. Kim's eyes are troubled.

"He's just... he's so lost."

Date: 2007-08-08 06:06 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
"Still," she echoes, with a small sigh.

They're still standing by the door, but Kim doesn't seem to notice or care.

It's been a long day.

Date: 2007-08-08 06:34 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
She lets herself be led, grateful for the support.

Kim sinks down on the couch and looks up at him again.

"Thanks for letting me come over."

It sounds a little rueful.

Date: 2007-08-08 06:43 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (small smile)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
"Well, I just -- I mean, I know that-- you know what, forget it, I don't even know what I'm trying to say."

She shakes her head, then tucks a straggling lock of hair behind one ear and finds a smile for him.

"Tea sounds good."

Date: 2007-08-08 06:50 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (small smile)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
"Black's fine."

Her smile's a little brighter now.

Date: 2007-08-08 07:02 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (kim in profile)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
"Don't worry about it," Kim tells him, and then, without thinking and before she can stop herself from asking,

"Doesn't it bother you that way, though? Without-- I mean, if it's quiet all the time?"

Even as she says it, she thinks of her own apartment, which feels so much larger and more hollow without Jennifer-- and then of Sol Laine's house, so empty and near-echoing, and of how shrunken and old he'd looked.

Kim's smile fades, and she looks down at her hands, ringless now, with the Baelrath long gone.

Date: 2007-08-08 11:18 pm (UTC)
bannion_sight: (thoughtful)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
"Dave--" She makes a helpless, aimless gesture with one hand, one that fails to describe anything useful, and finishes, "I'm sorry."

Kim looks down into the teacup, staring at the steam rising gently from it, and adds ruefully,

"You know, one of these days I really am going to learn to think before I speak."

Date: 2007-08-10 04:07 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (kim by ysanne's lake)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
"No, I guess it wasn't."

Whereas she, of course, had desperately needed those times she could withdraw to Ysanne's cottage and away from -- well, everything.

Kim hesitates, searching his face.

"Do you miss it?"

Date: 2007-08-12 03:39 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (looking across still waters)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
"Yeah," Kim echoes. Softly.

"I'm sorry."

Date: 2007-08-12 04:13 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (looking across still waters)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
"Not like you do, I think."

Which isn't exactly a no, and Kim knows he'll hear it.

"It'd be harder, if--"

Date: 2007-08-12 04:23 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
If I couldn't still go to Milliways, she doesn't answer. Even though it's true, Dave evidently can't get there, and it would be worse than cruel to throw that in his face.

Besides, even though it's true -- it's not the only truth.

"If you'd stayed behind," she says, at last. "If you weren't--"

A beat.

"If I were the only one."

Date: 2007-08-12 04:47 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (smiling)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
"No, it's not."

Kim tries a smile, tugging on a lock of her white hair as she adds with deliberate lightness,

"Besides, if you ever started to, all you'd have to do would be to look at me!"

Date: 2007-08-12 05:21 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (smiling)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
"Thanks. That's good to hear -- especially as I've kind of gotten used to it, anyway."

Kim grins, and takes a sip of tea.

Date: 2007-08-12 05:37 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (smiling)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
She makes a face at him.

"Please. I'm not a pink kind of girl."

Date: 2007-08-12 05:56 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (smiling)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
Kim laughs.

"Well, we can't have that, now can we?"

Date: 2007-08-12 06:16 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (kim by ysanne's lake)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
"Dave, you brought evidence notes to Fionavar. Nothing is going to pull you off your game!"

Date: 2007-08-12 03:40 pm (UTC)
bannion_sight: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
Silence, for a few seconds-- a silence that has a weight and shape and stillness all its own, and then,

"I know," Kim whispers, and somehow it's clear that it's not an answer to what Dave was actually saying, but to what lies behind it.

Clear gray eyes are suddenly overbright as tears well.

Date: 2007-08-13 05:33 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
She dashes the tears from her eyes with a quick, exasperated movement of one hand, then leans into his embrace, resting her head on his shoulder.

"I promised to have lunch with him next week," Kim says, finally.

Date: 2007-08-13 05:50 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
It hadn't even crossed her mind to ask. Kim tilts her head back to look at him.

"If-- you don't have to, Dave, really you don't--"

Date: 2007-08-15 01:41 am (UTC)
bannion_sight: (small smile)
From: [personal profile] bannion_sight
"No, it wouldn't be, would it?" she says softly.

A pause, and Kim smiles, a little.

"If you don't mind, then. Thanks."

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