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- Posted: Sat, 17 Mar 2012 05:06:59 +0000
"And the gate to the Abyss was opened, and his wrath and his fury were unleashed..."
Again an awkward silence settles between the two women while Ko endeavors to find the right words, and again the longer the silence lasts, the more hope Ry seems to lose... though you wouldn't know it just by looking at her. If there was one thing that Kougre had noticed about the girl, it was that she was absolutely notorious for her perpetually stoic and expressionless demeanor; it was incredibly rare for her face to belie any sort of emotion that she might be feeling, if she was feeling anything at all, which was what made her so infuriatingly difficult for her companion to read, and served to frustrate the other woman on numerous occasions. But finally an answer was reached... even if it wasn't quite the answer Ry had been hoping for. Well, half-hoping really. Her expectations weren't all that high to begin with.
Perhaps it was the way Kougre had worded it, but hearing her say that she was attracted, but not 'in that way' brought a few memories up to the surface from the time they'd spent at that particular resort around a month and a half ago when they'd first met. It'd been obvious enough then, and to hear it again now, even though Ry didn't harbor any such feelings herself... it still reminded her -- a sentiment that's briefly reflected in the slightly downcast look in her eyes. Nevermind that the rest of what Ko was saying was actually fairly reassuring. Except for that last part.
When it hurts? What was she talking about. "Kougre," she starts meekly, "What do you...?" She's abruptly interrupted, not to mention caught off guard, by the faint glimmer of tears forming in the other woman's eyes. Of course, Ko was quick to turn away to try and hide it, and then cover it up by continuing with her explanation.
Ry wasn't sure what it was, but something about seeing her friend in such an uncharacteristically vulnerable and seemingly pained state tugs at something in her core. And as it turns out, Ko would end up receiving that little 'push' in both regards -- for when she'd finally finished, and turned back to the girl to offer her that little smile, she'd find that Ry had leaned in much closer, her face but a hair's breadth from Kougre's own. Normally empty golden eyes had an almost gentle depth to them now as she stares right into the scarlet opposite her... so close that from an outside perspective it might've looked like she was about to kiss her.
Ry, of course, was oblivious to this fact, as she seemed to be to most things. After simply holding Ko's gaze another few moments more she quietly breathes an understanding, "Okay." accepting Ko's answer and trusting it wholeheartedly. Then just for the briefest fraction of a second, it nearly looked as though the girl had shown the tiniest shadow of an actual smile. But it was gone just as quickly, leaving the eyes little time to even register the micro-expression.
"...so that all who heard his name would know it and despair."