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Private survivors

Discussion in 'Horizon' started by Lara Croft, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. Lara Croft

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    april 2 | @Jack Jackson

    Lara Croft had survived worse than the Arid Lands-- even two days wandering across them. But that did not take the burn from her throat, the flaking skin from her lips, the limp in one leg where she'd twisted her ankle. It was with that limp she stumbled to the edge of a stream and fell forward, nearly putting her face in the cool water as she used her dirtied hands to bring it to her lips. She took as much as she could, gasping gratefully at the cool liquid-- the first she'd seen since arriving in this place besides what the scavenger girl had on her.

    But the distraction of the water was not enough to dull her awareness entirely. Someone approached and she immediately backed off to face the newcomer, wiping a drop of water from the corner of her mouth. Her eyes were narrowed, searching for threat. "I mean no harm. Do you?"

     
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  2. Jack Jackson

    Jack Jackson The Pillars of the Earth

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    and silence speaks louder than words

    Staying put wasn't doing him any good. He remembered the last time this had happened, the last time he had lost the ability to speak. It had been in all ways more painful and more traumatic, Apollo had simply reversed the wish that he had made and over the course of days, the tongue had been granted rotted away. What he thought he could taste in his mouth now may not have even really been there anymore, but that didn't stop him from wandering from Horizon's edge and toward where he knew there was fresh water. He could stayed closer to town, and maybe that would have been smart, but Jack found he didn't want to be around people anymore.

    Guinevere had been there for him last time. She had found him hidden away in a cave, never wanting to step out into the sun again, ready to die there if he needed to, and she was the only reason he had stepped outside again. Now, though? She was still gone, and without the ability or the tongue to voice his own sorrows, Jack found he had never felt quite so lonely. His only friend was all the way in Misty Hollow and he still hadn't found the courage to contact him.

    Pausing as he approached the stream, Jack hesitated, his eyes lingering on the worn view of a young woman bent over the water. He knew the look on her face, her cracked lips, how tired her eyes were. How long had she been walking for?

    Quickly, he shook his head, lifting his hands into the air as though to display innocence for her to see. Jack had a small knife on him and a slingshot that he had cherished since he had arrived here, but otherwise, he was entirely unarmed. Not that he hadn't learned to defend himself, though he couldn't say he was particularly good at it and none of his teachers had ever stuck around for very long.



     
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  3. Lara Croft

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    He shook his head, but offered no other words to confirm his innocence. And so it was with a skeptical stare that Lara regarded him for another few moments, before she finally nodded.

    "Are you from the town nearby?" What had Rey called it... "Horizon?" She asked. She hoped so, hoped she was close. On her bad ankle, she might not make it much farther.

     
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    Jack Jackson The Pillars of the Earth

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    and silence speaks louder than words

    He hated it. The fact that this wasn't easier, the fact that he couldn't just open his mouth and speak those words that would have made the one-sided conversation go much smoother. Maybe she wouldn't have been staring at him with such a skeptical look on her face, and it wasn't an expression she could even blame her for. In a place like Pandora, she was smart to be so cautious.

    If only he had been.

    With a nod of the head to that question, Jack slid a foot back to move to the side so that he could gesture in the direction he had come in, toward the town itself. Looking back, there was an expression of something soft on his face. Concern, or that was what he wanted to convey. She was dirty like she'd been out in the desert for a long time, exhausted like she couldn't go any further.

    I can take you there, he wanted to say. He just didn't know how. So he took a chance with a small step forward as he held his hand out toward her.



     
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  5. Lara Croft

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    Still he didn't speak. Lara's eyes narrowed just slightly, watching his expression. Somehow... she knew he was honest, even if he couldn't tell her so. And who knew how long she could continue on her own. She hesitated only a moment longer before stumbling towards him with a grunt. Her hand landed in his, and used it as leverage to limp closer. Stopping for a moment, it seemed, had caused the pain in her ankle to return in full force.

    She didn't like the idea of appearing weak to a stranger, so she tried not to let the extent of her discomfort show, despite the fact that she was clinging to him. She would still run if she needed to, her leg be damned. "You can't speak?" she asked gently, glancing towards the stranger.

     
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  6. Jack Jackson

    Jack Jackson The Pillars of the Earth

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    and silence speaks louder than words

    He saw the way she narrowed her eyes, the suspicion there in her gaze, and who could have blamed her? If only he could have explained himself, but that was the point of it all, wasn’t it? His tongue was gone so that he couldn’t explain anything, so that he couldn’t reveal the face of the man who had done this to him. And after all this time, would it have mattered if he had pursued it? Was he even here anymore? If he hadn’t been pulled away from Pandora, then he was alive. That was a man who knew how to survive and would do anything to do it.

    In the end, though, she placed just enough trust in him to take his hand, to stumble her way toward him. She hid her discomfort, but Jack could still sense it as he watched her, a faint frown tugging at the corners of his lips as his grabbed tightened just a little bit, hand reaching for her shoulder to steady her. But then he pulled it away just as quickly. Because he was a stranger and she was placing just a little bit of that trust in him. No more than that.

    His frown deepened just a little bit at that question, already turning away from her so that he could lead the way back toward town again. He didn’t make a sound, didn’t look at her to nod or shake his head or give any confirmation, but the silence that followed and the purposeful way in which he walked was answer enough.