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Sleep had been a vague relief, when it came.
(I love you)
Shelley had mostly hidden under piles of blankets, curled up and resolutely pretending to be asleep at the sound of Elan's footsteps when he came upstairs. But he walks on past, and the almost pleasant buzzing makes her sleepy enough to slip off quickly.
(Shelley, Shelley, Shelley)
If only her dreams had been as restful.
(That wound in your side, however, will kill you)
She can't remember any details, when she claws her way up from under the blankets, gulping back sobs, or anything apart from terror and panic and a very claustrophobic feeling that was probably the blankets but oh god. One trembling hand fumbles for the lightswitch, fails to find it, then goes to her forehead, damp with cold sweat.
(Shelley)
Quiet. Have to be quiet...

Date: 2007-02-23 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] always-a-liar.livejournal.com
She was not, however, quiet enough. The sounds of crying, and whimpering inevitably drew Elan's attention, and the door cracked open quietly.

Soft footsteps filled the room as he walked towards the bed. What a delicate child... So pretty like a flower fading and crying and he wanted to hold, and take, and he liked her. He sat on the bed, and spoke quietly to her.

"Shelley?"

Date: 2007-02-23 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] always-a-liar.livejournal.com
Scooting toward the center of the bed, Elan knelt beside her and wrapped his arms around her. His voice was comforting, and his bare chest warm.

"Shhh... Shelley, shhhh..."

Date: 2007-02-23 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] always-a-liar.livejournal.com
He felt the hot tears on his bare chest, and held on to her.

"I care about you, and desire to aid. Having someone here will help. Close your eyes, deep breaths."

Date: 2007-02-23 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] always-a-liar.livejournal.com
A soft coo as he reached out to hold her once more, and gently kissed her face near her temple. She was fragile, and confused, a singular response was the way to go about this.

Date: 2007-02-23 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] always-a-liar.livejournal.com
He left his arms around her and began to softly repeat the mantra he taught her when he was helping her deal with her nightmares at his estate. The same droning monotone as he stroked her back softly to help her.

Date: 2007-02-23 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] always-a-liar.livejournal.com
The mantra continued, and he kept stroking her back. This would calm her, and grant him even more ground. He resisted the urge to say her name--he liked how it felt on his tongue. Elan shifted slightly at this odd thought, but continued to hold, and speak.

Date: 2007-02-23 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] always-a-liar.livejournal.com
He let his arms fall from around her, though he still sat but bare inches from her. After a moment, he stared down at the sheets beneath them. It felt nice on the tongue.

"Shelley."

Date: 2007-02-23 11:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] always-a-liar.livejournal.com
Keeping his eyes low, Elan gently took her hand. His thumb softly stroked her hand.

"Are you well now?"

Date: 2007-02-24 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] always-a-liar.livejournal.com
Turning to face the same way that she is, Elan spoke rather calmly.

"Why did you have the room painted this color?"

Date: 2007-02-24 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] always-a-liar.livejournal.com
With a slightly peevish smile, he laid down on the bed, glancing up at the ceiling.

"Talk with me for a time. It does not particularly matter concerning what."

Date: 2007-02-24 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] always-a-liar.livejournal.com
Placing his hands beneath his head, he smiled faintly and commented.

"Because it will take your mind off of other matters."

Date: 2007-02-24 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] always-a-liar.livejournal.com
Turning on his side to face her, an elbow propping up his head, his long hair hiding most of his face.

"What shall we discuss then?"

Date: 2007-02-24 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] always-a-liar.livejournal.com
A slight shrug in reply.

"I imagine we do not actually argue about the matters which most argue over. You know, such as if live theater really is finished."

Elan wondered if that was argued here as well. He very much doubted it.

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