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Topic Started: Jul 16 2014, 06:54 AM (453 Views)
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"Two plus two is four, minus one is three quick maths"
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((Dougie Sharpe, A Matter of Taste))

"Yeah, apparently," Dougie said, just as testily as he turned to face her. Both hands were on the bat, fiddling with the coolness of the aluminum in the chilled wind.

"Lily, don't ever do that again. Don't ever walk up to some random - whatever, person - and strike up a conversation before we can see what they're doing. If that guy had had a knife or a gun or something and wasn't..."

He exhaled.

"We can't trust anyone here. Not when they're all concerned about death alliances and useful weapons and... fucking teammates. You have to see that."
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"Two plus two is four, minus one is three quick maths"
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"What's the dumber move, Lily. Approaching someone with no idea who they are, what they're capable of, or what weapon they have? Or assuming everyone is dangerous until they've proven themselves safe?"

Dougie threw his arms wide. "I put us in danger? If you hadn't walked over there all hunky dory, I wouldn't have had to protect you."
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"You had," Dougie responded through his teeth, "everything to do with it. You started it. I can't believe you don't see how wrong you are in-"

He huffed out a breath, shook his head, inhaled deeply. Let it out.

"Jewel is about as much a threat to you," he continued, "as a random stranger with who knows what weapon. Less so, because I could've warned you. You're distracting from the real... Just don't do that again, okay? Don't just go approaching - people, and I won't have to do..."

He gestured vaguely, to the past.
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"Two plus two is four, minus one is three quick maths"
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"What deal, Lily? We're in this together - that's you, and me, and nobody else. I don't trust anybody else - not with Vahka running around and Pia being a - fucking Pia, and Regina doing God knows what. As far as I'm concerned, it's you. That's it."

Dougie tugged at his beanie so hard that his black hair showed, messy and stringy from a day of no showering while being matted by purple material. He yanked on it again, irritably, ran his fingers through his hair.

"I won't - I can't let anything... Jesus fucking Christ."
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When Dougie stepped back, it was almost violent.

"No, you don't," he said, roughly, running a hand through the matted hair again, "and that's half the point, isn't it?"

He turned, staring off into the distance for a moment, before turning back towards her.

"Jewel was the first person I saw in- here. First person I saw here. She and Erik. She gave me-"

He paused, rustled through his bag, drew a headset. "This. She gave me this, or she threw it behind her as she left, or - or something. I have it, that's the point. So I muted it, listened for a while, heard her kill people. Heard her make the... fucking deal."

He threw the headset back into the bag, zipped it angrily. "I know the fucking stakes. I know what we're playing against. All it would take is some... psycho like Jewel to see you, and have the right-"

Gun. Motive. Attitude.

"I can't... You're... you matter. I guess that's the bottom... yeah, you matter."

He shoved his hands into his pockets, wishing the snow would swallow him up.
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"Because I let her go."

That was the best Dougie could do.

"Listen, Lily. We're not... we'll never be safe here. It's too open, and I'm sure that... I feel like there's a target on my back."

Almost to illustrate the point, he glanced around.

"We need to... move on, I think."
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