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The Burning of Yunkel
Topic Started: Apr 20 2010, 07:31 PM (10,105 Views)
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Tawnik's eyes found safety in looking at the ground until she spoke, after which he looked up respectfully. He listened carefully, unaware of the smile growing on his face or the light squeeze he gave Velanta's hand in eager anticipation. It had been a long time since he had followed anyone's rules but his own. Finally, he had a purpose other than simply to survive.

He nodded in understanding. "Will do. Thank you, Cap'n," he said, amazingly relieved and excited. Then she asked why they werre still standing there and Tawnik, having no idea what a rhetorical question is, was about to answer when Velanta pulled him away. He followed Velanta, eying the Cap'n confusedly as she clambered up the ropes without receiving an answer.

Nonetheless, he followed.
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Tawnik almost bumped into Velanta as she stopped. He was still looking at the Cap'n and his mind was a whirl of disbelief and euphoria from what had just happened. And then she pulled him into a hug. His disbelief and euphoria grew and he smiled wider than he had all of his life as he hugged back. He tried to rest his head on her shoulder when his horn bumped into hers. He moved his head back to where it was and decided it would be best to keep it there.

He didn't know what to say, partly because he still couldn't quite believe it himself and partly because he also couldn't quite believe that she was hugging him. Her words echoed in his head, creating more of a mess, and the disbelief started to die down. The euphoria stayed, as did his smile and his silence. For now, the hug was speaking enough.
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Tawnik's eyes were on the rest of the crew. All of a sudden they seemed a lot friendlier. Rather than risking glances at them when they weren't looking, he could look them in the eye, keep his smile and hold his glance. The disbelief grew in him again as he thought that the smiles were for him, for them – he and Velanta. He couldn't possibly object to such smiles and glances.

The hug was foreign to him. He didn't want to let go and he didn't want her to let go, yet if she did he wouldn't be able to pull her back. As much as he knew of her care for him, he was still having a hard time associating that word with him and her. It couldn't be possible, that word. Surely this wasn't...that. It was something else, maybe even something close, but not love.

Now that he had mentioned the word, it couldn't stop echoing in his head. His grip on Velanta tightened a little and he would have smiled wider if he could. But his eyes lit up like fireworks.
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Tawnik felt Velanta pull away from their hug slowly and he resisted pulling her back. He nodded at her when he heard what she had to do and hugged her again briefly. This hug didn't last for nearly as long, yet it was still as perfect as the last one. Tawnik's smile played at his lips, unsure whether to stay. The firelight in his eyes was still burning strong. He looked towardds the helm and found Sira'ke at the wheel again.

"I'll come with you," he said, seeing that he wouldn't be called to relieve the helm until nightfall. He didn't know what else to do either. Waiting was all he ever did on this ship, although it was slightly more pleasant waiting where people eat. He he heard that that place was called a mess or a mess hall from conversation amongst the other sailors but wasn't sure.

He stood waiting for her to lead to way. "Do you know how much longer we have until we reach the mainland?"
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Tawnik nodded at Velanta's response. He decided to address his curiosity about the name of the place that they ate at. He reached for her hand and somewhat impulsively and grabbed it lightly, and while every part of his brain was telling him to let go he felt that he couldn't now.

"I've heard some of the crew members call the place that we eat a mess," he said a little quietly, "but I think it's actually rather clean." He swung her hand slightly as they walked, to be honest quite unsure what else to do with it. "What...is it called, by the way?"
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So the place is called a mess hall, Tawnik thought after hearing Velanta mention it. He was glad that the Cap'n liked her mess hall clean, however contradictory that seemed in his mind. He stood between the dining room and the kitchen, not quite in either room in body and in mind. He hovered between the two, trying to decide if he should offer her help or simply wait in the mess.

From what he had tasted of her food, he knew that she was more than capable of cooking by herself. He walked to a bench and sat down on it, staring at everything and nothing at the same time. He looked for a conversation topic but couldn't quite find one, and for once he was unsure about the silence between them. He decided that it would be best not to break it and stayed quiet, a mass of brown in the middle of the empty mess hall.
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