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30 April 2011 @ 06:52 pm
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Rogue is happy, absolutely, entirely happy. It shows on her face and in the way she hums as she walks along the sidewalk. She's got a bag of homemade cookies in one hand and a bag with movies, soda and red licorice whips in the other hand. She swings them beside her as she walks, taking the stairs up to the apartment. She's wearing a tank top with spaghetti straps, a skirt, flip flops and her long gloves. They look out of place with the spring weather and the spring clothes she's wearing. She stops in front of an apartment door, peels her gloves off and takes a key out of one of the bags. Her hair is up in a ponytail and she's as exposed as she ever gets. It goes a long way to testifying how much she trusts the man that lives in the apartment.

She unlocks the door, steps inside and heads toward the kitchen to put the cookies up.

"Oz! I know we didn't have plans, Sugar but I got bored at home so I went and got movies."
 
 
 
Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne: pic#102320084taciturnbeast on May 1st, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
Normally a visit from Rogue is a welcome thing. He's always overjoyed to see her, well -- as overjoyed as he gets. Overjoyed on the inside even. But this time he's having a rough night. He's sitting in his meditation corner on a large pillow. Candles are lit around the apartment and two sticks of a magical incense scented with lavender and sage.

He doesn't look up at Rogue just yet, but his shoulders rise and fall indicative of his laborious breathing in his attempts to remain calm and in control. "Rogue..."
Anne Marie "Rogue": Seriously?take_yourbreath on May 1st, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
The incense and candles aren't unusual. It's one of the things she likes about him. It's romantic, especially since he's a guy. "I brought over cookies..." she says as she steps towards the meditation corner. She stops in her tracks when she sees the way he's breathing. It gives weight to the way he said her name, like a warning. "What's wrong?"

The concern in her voice is apparent.
Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne: pic#102320119taciturnbeast on May 1st, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
Oz takes a few more deep breaths, the silence as the time it takes to do so turns the moment almost uncomfortable. The only movement is the way his hands which are normally light and relaxed on his knees in this position fist and unfist over and over again, a visible sign that he's trying so hard to calm down each time his fingers uncurl from those fists.

That uncomfortable moment reaches it's pinnacle as he turns his head sharply to face her. His eyes are a coal black and his teeth have started to elongate into fangs. "Run... you have to run."
Anne Marie "Rogue": How a heart breakstake_yourbreath on May 1st, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
She twists her hands, shifting from one foot to another as the silence sits. She starts to break it a dozen times and then stops. He turns his head toward her and a scream gets trapped in her throat, her hands come up to cover her mouth. She can't breath. This is Oz and he's going to hurt her. She knows that.

Instinct kids in but her instinct is never to run, not since she figured out what she could do. She moves to him, one hand going to his cheek, the other resting over his hand. His skin is warm against hers. She can feel the stubble on his cheek and her eyes fill with tears. She was never supposed to have to hurt him.
Daniel 'Oz' Osbournetaciturnbeast on May 1st, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
He gasps at first, at the feel of the beast draining of all its fight inside of him at her touch. It's a strange feeling, one he's felt before in Tibet several years back while visiting a shaman. Slowly, he began gasping for air as the wolf inside seemed to roll over onto its side and rest from exhaustion. The coal in his eyes faded away to return them to their normal green color.
Anne Marie "Rogue": lip bitetake_yourbreath on May 1st, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
She snaps her hands away quickly when he starts gasping for breath. There's a horrified look on her face for just a moment before the wolf she just pulled out of him takes over. Her eyes go black and she starts pacing. She's still Rogue though. Funny how that works.

"Sorry. I didn't know what else to do. Are you okay? Can you move? How do you feel?"

Her body language is a contrast to her words. She's keyed up, dealing with all of the emotions he had dealt with moments before. She curls her hands into fists. She wants to hurt something, someone. She licks her lips , watching him with a predatory gaze.
Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne: pic#102320127taciturnbeast on May 1st, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
The moment she lets go he collapses to the floor, falling back and staring up at the ceiling. He hears her words but she sounds far away at first as he's listening with only his own self, the wolf completely docile for the first time in a very long time. Finally, he turns his head to look over to her where she's pacing back and forth and fidgeting.

"I'm good. What happened? You? What happened?" Yes, he's repetitive, but he isn't quite sure what to say. Nothing like this has ever happened before.
Anne Marie "Rogue": arms crossedtake_yourbreath on May 1st, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
She rakes her hands through her hair, still pacing. She gnaws on her bottom lip, worrying it between her teeth.

"I happened."

Her quiet, soft words are filled with shame and contrasted again with her body language which is entirely predatory.
Daniel 'Oz' Osbournetaciturnbeast on May 1st, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
"The touching?" He asks, pushing himself up to a sitting position with some effort. Silly but he feels as if he owes her that. "You mean you took...?" His voice trails off and he shakes his head. "I should have told you." There's guilt there.
Anne Marie "Rogue": lip bitetake_yourbreath on May 1st, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
She nods, grateful to see that he's able to sit. "Not permanently. For a week at the most." She takes her gloves out of her pockets and pulls them on then moves over to him hesitantly. She crouches beside him, one gloved hand going to his shoulder, the other to his bicep to help him sit up.

"I didn't know what else to do."

Her eyes are still black and her lip is gnawed almost raw.
Daniel 'Oz' Osbournetaciturnbeast on May 1st, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
He shifts with her help to lean back against the wall. His eyes are heavy lidded as he's just plain worn out. "It's okay. I'm okay. Are you okay?"
Anne Marie "Rogue": How a heart breakstake_yourbreath on May 1st, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
She gets back to her feet and begins pacing again. "Hungry. Restless. Angry. Not your fault. It's just..." she shrugs because he knows. "Do you need anything? I brought cookies and that seems really dumb right now."
Daniel 'Oz' Osbournetaciturnbeast on May 1st, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
"Cookies? Oh, no -- no. Not dumb. Cookies are good." He's watching her pace, trying to completely grasp what has happened here. She touched him and absorbed -- him? The wolf? "Cookies are normal even."
Anne Marie "Rogue": Looking up ponytailtake_yourbreath on May 1st, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
She got the wolf mostly, only because the wolf was the one closest to the surface though. There were other things: scattered memories and emotions that she can't make much of.

"We'll have cookies then." Her movements are sharp, crisp as she gets the cookies and puts the tub of them next to Oz on the floor.

"What sorta mutant are you? I wouldn't have cared y'know. I mean you know what I am."
Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne: pic#102320119taciturnbeast on May 1st, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
"I'm not." He had wanted to give her the distraction of the cookies, cause he usually found that having something else to think of or busy himself with helped. "I'm... I'm a werewolf." He watches her expectantly.
Anne Marie "Rogue": Seriously?take_yourbreath on May 1st, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
She sits on the floor beside him and fiddles with the lid on the tub of cookies, her hands shaking. She sets the lid to the side, pondering his words. Finally, she looks up at him, eyes still black. "Like in the movies?"

It's the only reference point she has.
Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne: pic#102320109taciturnbeast on May 1st, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)
Those black eyes are very familiar to him. It's like looking in a mirror, except that the rest of her is a lot prettier than he is. "Like in the movies. The full moon got to me tonight. It doesn't always. I can usually control it. I don't know what happened."
Anne Marie "Rogue": lip bitetake_yourbreath on May 1st, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
"How do you control it? It's--so loud and hungry and angry." She gnaws on her bottom lip again, biting down hard until it bleeds then sucking at it while she watches him, still in predator mode, as if she had any other choice.
Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne: pic#102320145taciturnbeast on May 1st, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
"I..." Instead of using words, Oz leaned forward with his elbows on his knees and his palms held upward. "Gloves on, give me your hands?"
Anne Marie "Rogue": What the helltake_yourbreath on May 1st, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
Her gloves are securely on. She put them on before she sat down. She arches an eyebrow at him and then puts her hands in his. He's the first person so willing--and conscious-- to touch her immediately after having been drained out. It's nice and later when she's feeling less restless, less wolfy, less aggressive she'll ponder this some more and probably squeal a bit about it.

She rests her hands in his, concentrating on feeling the warmth of his skin through her gloves.

"Going to comfort me and tell me it's okay because I didn't put you in a coma?" It comes out snappish and hard. She immediately bites her bottom lip again. "Sorry," she mumbles. "I didn't mean that. I like holding your hands. It's just...frustrating right now. And hard."
Daniel 'Oz' Osbournetaciturnbeast on May 1st, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
For a bit he just lets her hands rest in his. He's looking into her eyes as she speaks so harshly to him and then subsequently apologizes for it. And he shakes his head and tightens his hold on her hands. "Focus on the smell of the incense. It's calming. And take slow, deep breaths, slow enough for there to be awkwardness in them. Slow enough that you have to concentrate on keeping them slow."
Anne Marie "Rogue": A world without touchtake_yourbreath on May 1st, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
She follow his directions, focusing on the scent of the incense--it seems like she can smell it better now but then that could be her imagination--and she takes exaggerated, slow breaths. She also focuses on how tightly he holds her hands and she squeezes back. It helps, she thinks. She swallows hard, trying to choke down everything absorbing the wolf brings out.

"Squeeze harder," she says. It's half request and half order.
Daniel 'Oz' Osbournetaciturnbeast on May 2nd, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
he doesn't immediately respond to the demand, only because he knows that any sudden anything could set off the wolf. In fact, even the request itself surprises him. But he complies by gradually increasing the pressure of his fingers on her hands, it's a slow, steady difference, enough to notice but not unless you're really paying attention. "What makes you contented, Rogue? What makes you happy?"
Anne Marie "Rogue": Isolatedtake_yourbreath on May 3rd, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)
He has his focus objects, she has hers and it happens to be him. She tugs her bottom lip between her teeth as she considers his question. "I don't know. Sittin' on a porch with some iced tea. Fireflies. Warm sun and cool breeze on my skin."
Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne: pic#102320084taciturnbeast on May 3rd, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
"Close your eyes and imagine it. The porch, the iced tea, the sunshine and a light breeze." Oz closes his own eyes, trying to imagine it... trying to imagine it how she imagines it. "What color is the house?"
Anne Marie "Rogue": Looking up ponytailtake_yourbreath on May 5th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
"White clapboard with black shutters. Paint's peeling a little 'round the edges. The porch is wooden and it's got a swing at one end for sittin' on. I'd be curled up there with a book and some toe nail polish."

It's her house back in Mississippi and a typical way to spend a summer day before she ability kicked in.
Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne: pic#102320149taciturnbeast on May 7th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
"Is toe nail polish the same as fingernail polish?" Asked in an amused tone that doesn't quite reach his features. The pads of his thumbs smooth over the material of her gloves over her knuckles. "What color is the toe nail polish today?"
Anne Marie "Rogue": contenttake_yourbreath on May 8th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
"Pretty much the same. I just don't often paint my nails so I end up callin' it toe nail polish." She takes a deep breath, trying to get back into the vision. She can feel his thumbs smooth over her knuckles and somehow he ends up in the vision she's building, standing just off in the shadows, watching her. Not that she'd tell him he's there. Not yet. "Ruby red with little bits of red glitter in it."
Daniel 'Oz' Osbourne: pic#102320149taciturnbeast on May 10th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
"Exciting. I mean alone red is just red but add the glitter..." He mentally shrugs off the rest of that sentence, letting it trail off so that she could finish it herself. "Also, not everyone can pull off the red." He pauses before adding a compliment as if he could see the red on her toenails. "But it looks good on you."
Anne Marie "Rogue": Minxtake_yourbreath on May 13th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
That gets a flirty smile out of her, lips curving up as she dips her head a little. The wolf inside has taken an entirely new definition of predatory up. At least it's not kill, kill, kill anymore. Her hands squeeze his a little tighter. "I don't know, Sugar. Could be the red looks good on you too."
Daniel 'Oz' Osbournetaciturnbeast on May 14th, 2011 03:10 am (UTC)
"Nail polish, I usually go with the blacks and blues and purples." He flirts right back. Yeah, it's true he likes the nail polish, but red might be a little much.
Anne Marie "Rogue": Minxtake_yourbreath on May 14th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
"Guess I'll be the only one in red. 'Least you'll be able to recognize me," Rogue answers. She's known Oz long enough to realize when he's flirting and she definitely responds in turn. It's more dangerous right now though, with the wolf urging her along.