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The dark catacombs tying the businesses and hotels together on the city block.
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Aug 22, 2017, 11:19am

"Yesterday I wouldn't have opened the door. You're...a strange influence on me. Not bad...but strange." He felt a twinge of guilt at the apology, kicking himself for his reaction before he moved to grab a few more things from the refrigerator to adjust the recipe for the change in plans.
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Aug 22, 2017, 11:38am

"Strange can be good.." she smiled softly, watching him and wondering if she'd imagined the regret she'd seen in his eyes. After a moment, she hummed softly. "I...want to try something with you, if that's okay, ahjussi..? A..a challenge to try to help you."
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Aug 22, 2017, 11:54am

"...A challenge." He echoed, raising an eyebrow as he moved to wash one of the knives he had previously used before returning to the cutting board to prepare an extra portion of meat. "Okay...?"
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Aug 22, 2017, 12:26pm

"Nothing too big. I won't start you off so harshly..." she looked up st him, smiling softly. "I want you to call or text me or see me once a day....and tell me a thought you had, a single thought, something you would normal not mention. It can be as simple as not liking someone's shoes today...but one thing without fear of how I'll react. Can you do that?"
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Aug 22, 2017, 12:49pm

"Tell you...one thing on my mind?" He asked, wondering just what she intended to do by this idea. But his next thought was fear of judgment, knowing that telling her a thought he had might be something she wouldn't want to hear, or something that would tarnish her opinion of him. "You...really want to hear that?"
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Aug 22, 2017, 01:09pm

"One thought, once a day. Simple, right?' She smiled wider, watching him for s moment. She could see the struggle, see him trying to decode what he should do. After a moment, her smile softened and she nodded her head. "I really want to hear it. "
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Aug 22, 2017, 01:28pm

Looking to her once again, he saw the surety in her eyes and felt a small part of him relax. "You might regret this..." He gave a weak smile. "But all right..."
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Aug 22, 2017, 01:55pm

Smiling a bit brighter, he raised a brow. "So...do you have a thought for today? Anything at all?" For a moment, she thought back to how he'd tensed when she'd brushed his wrist. She fully expected his one Thought for the day to be simply that he didn't like her touching him..
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Aug 22, 2017, 02:07pm

At the question, he thought for a long moment, smile gaining a little strength. "I'm glad that I made a friend today." He said at last.
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Aug 22, 2017, 02:28pm

She froze at his words. She'd been do certain it would be something bad, something negative, something about how she talked to much, her skin was too cold, she smiled too much, she was too friendly... but what he gave her, her heart jumped. Her cheeks flushed a pale pink and she felt a small smile spread over her lips. She ran her fingers through her hair nervously. "Me, too..."
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Aug 22, 2017, 02:33pm

Pleased with her reaction, he moved to continue his work before freezing as a thought came to him. "I...never asked her what she liked." He said after a moment. "What if this isn't okay?"
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Aug 22, 2017, 03:19pm

She smiled. "It's free food and showing her that you're not a terrifying person. It'll be perfect." Glancing down at the ingredients, she hummed softly. "I saw her eat something almost identical to this when I came in last week. It is okay, try not to worry. Trust me, I'm sure it'll be delicious, even to her." She grinned. "Geez...you weren't this worried about making something in wouldn't like. Do you like her more than me or something?"
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Aug 22, 2017, 04:30pm

"No, it's not that." He laughed softly, shaking his head. "I assumed that...you would tell me if you didn't like any of what I was making. You haven't held back any opinions since we met." Hoping that she wouldn't find that offensive to say, he went on, "I don't know the first thing about her. She does whatever she can to make sure she doesn't step on anyone's toes...least of all mine."
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Aug 22, 2017, 04:53pm

She tilted her head, eyes brightening as she heard his laugh. She had expected a laugh to take much longer to get from him. She smiled brightly. "You laughed...." with a wider smile, she leaned forward to watxh him work. "Does it bother you that I don't hold myself back? Do I talk to much? Should I try to be more reserved?"
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Aug 22, 2017, 04:57pm

"N-no, you...you don't have to hold back. I don't mind. It...helps me feel less like I don't say enough." The familiar movements of cooking helped ease his nerves, moving around the kitchen with far more fluidity than he had let her see before. "I like that you say what's on your mind. I usually worry too much about what people are thinking."
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Aug 22, 2017, 06:20pm

"I promise you'll never have to wonder what I'm thinking." She laughed softly, shaking her head again as she wat ches him move. After a moment, she smiled softly. "You...really...like cooking, don't you? "
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Aug 22, 2017, 06:24pm

"It's...my favorite way to relax. I like having good supplies, good ingredients...and seeing good food as a result. The knives might be intimidating, but they're the best on the market." His smile grew a little more carefree, lost to the familiar rhythm of his favorite pastime.
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Aug 22, 2017, 07:22pm

"So all the creepy stories abou you..." She smiled. "Is really just you and all your cooking ingredients? You collect knives for cooking?" As he worked, she rested her chin on her hand, watching him closely. The way he moved was so fluid...so...perfect in the kitchen. It was fascinating... "You really seem...comfortable here. You look different."
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Aug 22, 2017, 07:36pm

"That's it. I like knives...I like having good equipment." He nodded, humming a soft tune under his breath as he worked. "Different? How, I'm exactly the same as I was a few minutes ago."
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Aug 22, 2017, 08:08pm

She bit her lip. "It's...hard to explain." Deciding to show him instead of describe it, she carefully, slowly lifted her phone to snap a quick picutre of him before he could see it. Laying her phone face up on the counter, she slid it to him. "Here, see....? YOu look happy."
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