Feb 07, 2017, 11:23pm
The Alley
NoWealthNoRuin HK's Territory
Much less intricate than the Rabbit Hole's labyrinth, just a small series of back roads behind the Shooting Star and the other businesses on the block.
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Posts: 10419
Mar 20, 2018, 09:22pm

Smiling, he brought her to the front desk, discharging her before moving her out to his car. Once he was sure she was comfortable and safe, he moved to the driver's seat. "ARe you in a lot of pain?
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Mar 20, 2018, 09:30pm

Sitting with a wince as she felt her ribs protest the movement, she shook her head. "Not more than I expected. It's...better than it was." She had declined pain medication to keep the hospital costs from being too high, knowing she couldn't pay much on her own and not wanting this man to be burdened by her any more than necessary.
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Mar 20, 2018, 11:01pm

He nodded, tossing her a bottle of pain medication. "Take one every two hours until you're more healed. I mean it." He looked at her, eyes and voice stern before he put the car into drive. "I think you'll like home..eomma is...well, she's perfect."
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Mar 20, 2018, 11:23pm

"What? Where did you get these?" She asked, looking the bottle over as she looked over to him once again. At the last, she hummed softly. "Anyone who would take you in like that would have to be...you must love her a lot."
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Mar 20, 2018, 11:39pm

"I got them from the doctor. She told me you refused medication." He laughed softly, starting don the street and pulling onto the highway. "I do. She's more of a mother to me than anyone I've had before."
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Mar 20, 2018, 11:50pm

"Medication is expensive, officer Han." She reminded him, shaking her head with a small smile. At the last, she thought for a moment before asking, "What happened with your family? Fourteen is such a young age to switch homes like that..."
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Mar 21, 2018, 12:06am

"Then I guess it's a good thing you don't have to worry about the cost, isn't it?" He chuckled softly, shifting gears and feeling the car lurch a little. He was smiling until he heard the question. Lips pulling into a frown and eyes narrowing on the road, he took a deep breath. "My father is a bad man...my mother died when I was young and my step-mother can't stand me. When I lost my friend...they showed who they truly were because of the incident...and Sooyeon's mother...she took me in."
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Mar 21, 2018, 09:28am

"I'm sorry." She said quickly, realizing her mistake as she saw the shadow cross his face. "I...shouldn't have brought it up." There was more to this man, she thought, than he showed the world. All of this pain sat beneath the surface of that goofy smile...but had he ever found a way to really heal from it?
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Mar 21, 2018, 07:59pm

"Don't be sorry at all. You just asked a question." He forced a smile, pulling off of the highway and turning down another street. "You're staring."
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Mar 21, 2018, 09:05pm

Apologizing again, she ducked her head, looking at her hands as they rested in her lap instead. "I was just...noticing that your face is easy to read. Your eyes don't light up when you smile like that. Not like when you really mean it."
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Mar 21, 2018, 09:27pm

Brow furrowing, he glanced at her for a moment. "You think my eyes light up? How is it different now? I mean...I"m just smiling, like I always do." He frowned, watching her closely.
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Mar 21, 2018, 09:40pm

"Not like you always do." She shook her head, looking up to him again as her hair fell into her eyes. "When you mean it, it's...almost like you're smiling with your whole body. It kind of...radiates off of you. When you're smiling to make someone believe that you're not unhappy...it's not as bright. I can see that you're faking." After a moment, she added quickly, "I'm sorry, I'm...used to having to read someone's mood. It's habit now."
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Mar 21, 2018, 09:49pm

"So..what you're saying right now is...that I"m lying? Lying that I"m happy, I mean?" He raised a brow, turning down another residential street.
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Mar 21, 2018, 10:06pm

"You have moments when you're happy, but you don't want to show anyone when you're not. Maybe it's...how you choose to cope. In order to make everyone happy...you feel like you can't ever show when you're upset."
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Mar 21, 2018, 10:10pm

He frowned at her words, knowing just how true they were. He didn't deserve to say he was unahppy when there were so many others suffering worse than him...when Sooyeon was still missing. And he didn't deserve to be happy...not after hat he'd done. He cleared his trhoat. "...Maybe I'm just not as good of a person as you seem to think I am."
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Mar 21, 2018, 10:32pm

"I think it's more that you don't think you're as good as you are. That there's a lot you're blaming yourself for." She shook her head, looking up to him once again. "You work so hard to heal others...but it seems like...you don't think you deserve to heal."
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Mar 21, 2018, 10:56pm

'There's a lot I have to answer to." His voice was soft, looking up at her for a moment more before he finally pulled into a parking lot. "The house isn't far...should I carry you?"
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Mar 21, 2018, 11:02pm

"I think I can walk." She still didn't have shoes, she thought absently, but the path should be easier than the glass-littered alley he had found her in. She wished she knew what to say to comfort him, settling on an apology. "I'm...sorry for pulling all of that up. It seems like...I can watch people, but I never know anything helpful to say."
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Mar 21, 2018, 11:17pm

"Are you sure? I don't mind carrying you." He smiled again, this time the look more genuine. He shook his head at the apology, giving a soft laugh. "Don't worry abou tit, really. I just...don't talk abou tthings like that, okay?"
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Mar 21, 2018, 11:30pm

"Okay. If I start...just change the subject. I'll get the message." She gave a weak laugh, relaxing a little as she saw some of the light she spoke of return as he smiled. "I'm...not used to talking to someone who isn't pointing out all of my flaws. I'll have to get used to talking to real people again..."
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