Feb 13, 2017, 11:35pm
The Mirror - Garden
NoWealthNoRuin HK's Territory
A grand courtyard within a hotel on the inside of the border between the territories. It's been taken and retaken so many times that not even the family heads know who originally laid claim to it.
Edited by QuillAndSword on Feb 13, 2017, 11:40pm
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Oct 25, 2017, 07:41pm

As he touched her, brushed her hair back, she straightened, looking up at him in surprise. She flushed darkly, heart jumping as she gave a small, weak smile. "The fifth floor...what..what room?" She laughed softly, heart pounding. He really was attractive... "What kind of music?" Was he her mystery piano player?
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Oct 25, 2017, 07:49pm

"What room? Why, thinking of paying me a visit?" He asked, shooting her a wink with a smile. At the last, he moved to bandage her knee. "Five-eighteen. I mostly play piano, but I'm starting to pick up the cello."
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Oct 25, 2017, 07:58pm

"I would never visit a who--" she cut off, cheeks burning, heart jumping as she looked down. "I mean..I wouldn't...wouldn't go visit you in your room. I"m...not that kind of person, remember?" As he worked, she heard him give her the number and gae a soft laugh. "It is you. My mystery pianist..." She hummed softly. "I'm right under you...and I hear that piano every night. It...it actually lulls me to sleep."
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Oct 25, 2017, 08:02pm

"You know, I don't call people I meet by their jobs when I'm talking to them." He half-teased, raising an eyebrow at her reaction. "I'm an escort. Sometimes I get paid for sex. But I'm no less a person than you are, am I?" At the last, he couldn't hide a smile. "My practicing is your lullaby. I like that, honestly. I'm glad I have an appreciative audience."
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Oct 25, 2017, 08:21pm

She bit her lip. "I'm sorry. I just...I"m surprised still. I'll try to be..kinder. To watch what I say." She looked down at her lap, fingers tugging gently at her now torn pants. She took a deep breath. "You're an escort. You're still a person. I'll...be more careful." After another moment, she looked up at him. "I had nightmares every night before I came here. And my first night in this hotel, I heard you play and it...it helped. I mean, I still have my nightmares..but I...they're better thanks to you. I don't want you to feel any pressure to keep playing I just...thank you."
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Oct 25, 2017, 08:36pm

"Don't worry about it. I'm so used to people trying to convince me that they're something they're not...it's refreshing to meet someone who isn't afraid to speak their mind." He shook his head with a smile. At the last, he looked up to her, surprised by her words. "...Anytime. If you have any requests, let me know, all right? I need new things to practice."
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Oct 25, 2017, 08:42pm

"So...you don't mind if I do nothing but insult you all day?" she laughed softly, looking up at him and flushhing as she saw the surprise in his eyes. Had she really said something so shocking...? "You take requests?" Smiling weakly, she bit her lip, reaching out to push the strand of hair that fell from his rubberband back from his forehead. "Just...let me know any time you're going to play. I'll be sure to be home so I don't miss it."
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Oct 25, 2017, 08:59pm

"At least then I'd know what you thought of me." He couldn't keep from winking at her, finishing his work and feeling his face heat at the gentle contact. "I usually play about one or two in the morning. I don't sleep much." He pointed out with a soft chuckle.
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Oct 25, 2017, 09:30pm

"I don't...think you're a terrible person or anything. I just...really don't like your choice of employment. But I'll try to be nice about it." She flushed at the wink, seeing his own cheeks flush, she couldn't hold back a small smile. "You're blushing. I didn't think escorts could blush.. What's wrong?" She nodded as he mentioned pplaying so late, reaching over to grab one of the paper napkins and a pen, she scribbled out her number and held it out to him. "Here. So...so you can let me know when you're playing. I'll be sure I"m home every time. I really...really do love hearing you play."
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Oct 25, 2017, 09:44pm

"Thanks for that." He laughed once again, clearing his throat at the last. "It...doesn't happen often. Consider yourself one of hte very few that has managed it." At the last, he took the napkin, raising an eyebrow with a smile before pulling his phone from his pocket to type it into his contacts. "No sign of my date...but I think tonight's turning out much better than it would have. Can you hear my cello from down there?"
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Oct 25, 2017, 10:11pm

"I managed it? I didn't do anything, did I? Why are you blushing?" She laughed softly, shaking her head. As she saw him pull his phone out immediately, she raised a brow. "I'll be honest...I kind of expected you to put it in your pocket and throw it away as soon as I"m out of sight. Did you really just put my number in your phone? Just like that?" She laughed softly, realizing she hadn't given him her name... As she heard the last, she raised a brow. "Turning out better than it would have? You're...enjoying meeting a poor, lost, drunk girl...?" Hearing him mention the cello, she shook her head slowly. "No. No, I..I don't think so. Are you good?"
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Oct 25, 2017, 10:26pm

"I...you fixed my hair. Right after I did yours, I should have expected it, but...it was endearing." He admitted, finding no reason to lie. Then, turning his phone around to show her the contact--named, "Mystery Audience", as he still didn't know her name--his smile gained strength. "You're not as lost or drunk as you were a few minutes ago. And I'd like to think so...but I'm not as good as I am with the piano. I'm surprised you haven't called in a noise complaint."
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Oct 25, 2017, 10:36pm

"I...didn't mean to..I didn't even notice I did it. I"m sorry. I shouldn't..touch strangers." She laughed weakly, shaking her head. "Wow..you really put it in." Laughing again, she smiled, looking down for a moment. "Mystery Audience? You arent' going to ask me my name?" At the last, she smiled softly. "Maybe some day I"ll have enough money to hire you for a private show. I really don't mind the music."
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Oct 25, 2017, 10:43pm

"Don't worry. Like I said, it was endearing." He chuckled softly. At the last, he shot her a wink. "I'd love to know your name if you could give it. And the first show, for you, would be at a steep discount. Maybe just dinner, a drink. What do you think?" Then, moving to sit in the seat opposite her, he added, "I'm Kim Heechul, by the way."
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Oct 25, 2017, 10:50pm

"Endearing. Right." Laughing softly, she flushed at the wink before looking up at him again. He wanted her name...for a moment, she wondered if she should give it. Her real name or the name she used while she was running. Biting her lip for a moment, she cleared her throat. "A discount..? So...you want me to buy you dinner and a drink?" She smiled, hearing hte last. Heechul. Kim Heechul. It was an attractive name for an attractive man. for some reason, she found she really liked the sound of it. "...Lee Minha."
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Oct 25, 2017, 11:06pm

"No, I just want you to join me for dinner and a drink. You don't even have to buy." He added, crossing one leg over the other as he got comfortable. "Minha...a lovely name. It matches the rest of you." He added with a sweet smile.
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Oct 25, 2017, 11:16pm

"Isn't...isn't the whole point of your career to be a paid escort so those that take your time provide for you? You don't seem the type to go on a date. Not...not that it's a date you're takling about but...you just don't seem the type to pay for much of anything if you can help it." She smiled, watching him sit back before hearing him call her lovely. Her cheeks flushed softly and she gave another small smile. "Is that that escort charm you're turning on? Calling me lovely...I look like shit."
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Oct 25, 2017, 11:24pm

"I think you look great." He shook his head with a chuckle. "And what would I do with that money otherwise? For good company where I don't have to put on the right mask to get paid at the end of the night, I think a bottle of wine and some takeout is a small price to pay." Gesturing to the bar, he added, "I know you've been drinking, but would you like a drink? Or some tea?"
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Oct 25, 2017, 11:30pm

""My hairs all crazy, my clothes are torn, I have blood everywhere, and I still look a little drunk. How can I look great?" She laughed again, the sound a bit more confident. "I don't know. Pay your bills, do things you actually enjoy...not just playing with the poor lost drunk girl you just met." Laughing once more, she shook her head. "You don't have to put your mask on around me? What happens if I decide to hire you? If I'm having a bad day and I want to have a nice time with someone kind...?" A bottle of wine. Takeout.. Was he insane? It sounded more and more like a date the more he spoke. "Are you asking me out, Mr. Kim?"
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Oct 25, 2017, 11:44pm

"You look real. The most real I've seen anyone look in months. You're a person, not a postcard, and I like that." He shrugged lightly. "My bills are paid, and I would enjoy spending an evening playing music for someone who appreciates it instead of vamping half the night and mispronouncing Haydn." After a moment, he hummed thoughtfully. "If you wanted a nice time with someone kind, that's off the books. No effort...I'm not getting paid for the inconvenience. Why...do you want me to ask you out, miss Lee?" He asked, smile widening.
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