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ellectrical ([personal profile] ellectrical) wrote2012-04-09 09:49 pm

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It's been more than an hour since the sunset, but Elle hasn't moved since she climbed onto one of the rocks near the lakeshore in the midafternoon.

Really. She has not moved. Other than blink, Elle hasn't moved her eyes, her hands, hasn't resettled on the rock's rough surface or follow the line of the tide. Curled up against the stone, she'd simply laid down, facing the water, too still to be even waiting for something.

Someone with a typical set of senses might not even notice her.
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-04-10 01:54 am (UTC)(link)
X, who is hardly typical in any way that matters, and in most of the ways that don't, approaches Elle's position carefully.

She's barefoot.

This makes it more difficult to make noise, but not impossible.

Not if one is determined, at any rate.

And once she is close enough.

"Elle."

Then she slips up onto the rock, settling down beside her friend.

For at least the first few moments she stays silent.

Sometimes that is enough.
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-04-10 02:08 am (UTC)(link)
X looks back, shifting her own position so that she can lean, very lightly, on her hands.

"Hello."

Beat.

"You are okay?"
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-04-10 02:20 am (UTC)(link)
"At home."

X only sounds a little uncertain.

It passes.

"It is something you can avoid?"

She'll certainly help Elle try, if she wants. They make a good team.

And an efficient one, too.
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-04-10 02:37 am (UTC)(link)
X hesitates, sliding a little closer to Elle.

Carefully.

"I am allowed to ask?"

Beat.

"For specifics."
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-04-10 02:43 am (UTC)(link)
"The transition happened before I was made."

Beat.

"And I think before the youngest X-men were born."

She falls silent for a second.

"I do not know how it was like on my world. Then."

If that -- helps at all.

X is not sure.
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-04-10 03:02 am (UTC)(link)
X stiffens, more than fractionally.

"They are trying to kill you?"

Beat.

"Or put you in camps."

Or --

"Or it is like registration?"

That ended so well on X's world.

(Not so much. At all.)
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-04-10 03:20 am (UTC)(link)
X leans into the touch for a half-second, then turns a little to better face Elle.

She stays silent.

Waiting.

Maybe what is coming is something very bad.

She --

She does not know.
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-04-10 03:40 am (UTC)(link)
X goes very still, gaze flicking from Elle, to the lake, to some in-between distance.

At least for a second.

"Retaliation is possible? To frighten the people who are killing -- "

She hesitates, looking for the right word.

" -- people like us? There may be too many of them. For it to be effective."
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-04-10 03:52 am (UTC)(link)
"You are with me," X says.

She should probably sound a little more hesitant.

"Even if we are not from the same world."
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-04-10 10:15 pm (UTC)(link)
"Okay."

X tries very hard not to sound uncertain, and she mostly succeeds.

She also twines her fingers with Elle's, though she keeps her grip loose.

Just in case Elle wants to get away.

She does not think everything is all right.

Then --

"There is something you want me to do?"
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-04-11 01:42 am (UTC)(link)
"Okay," X says, after a momentary pause.

"I will not try."

It's something like a promise.

But --

"Other people can be taken? If they are not like us."
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-04-11 01:52 am (UTC)(link)
X's attention sharpens.

"They know to be looking for you?"

Beat.

"Because of the Company."

It would be better if this were not the case, but X does not really believe in luck.
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[personal profile] cutting_edgex23 2012-04-11 02:18 am (UTC)(link)
"Yes," X says, very carefully.

"It might be."

Beat.

"There are very many hit squads? Looking for people. Or it is government operatives in vans?"
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