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Isabella Mariel Swan Ψ "Aether" ([personal profile] subtly_artistic) wrote2013-05-06 05:34 pm

in which subtle artists do not all work the same way

Bella is seriously considering refusing to tell anyone else what her major is. Honestly. The way people flinch -

Well, no, that's not fair. She'd flinch too if she were unprotected and a subtle artist walked by. Just because most don't, in fact, casually or unintentionally read thoughts, doesn't mean that none of them do. Her tutor back home thought that her aversion to having her mind read was why her arts were set up so defensively and everything else was secondary for her.

She doesn't like the flinching, but it is fair. Maybe she'll go to the lab and scribe off a few copies of a mini fact sheet so she can hand them out when she meets people. No, that would be obnoxious.

She'll wait for it to wear off. Eventually she'll make some friends who'll know how she works. Or who are other subtle artists; she's probably more likely to make friends in classes than in the dorm, anyway.

She's not sure how she feels about the mixed-sex dorms. The rooms are singles, at least - that's why she's in Thatcher Hall, automatic single rooms for no extra charge at the price of having to maybe live next door to somebody who's not all human. There's a short list of species who qualify to be out of Harlowe and in predominantly-human Thatcher. None of them scare Bella. The orientation guide called Thatcher a "salad bowl". The junior who was wandering by at the time called it a pit.

The building looks nice. Bella's room looks nice. She unpacks her stuff and then goes back out to explore a little and encounters a stark naked man.

"Dude!" she exclaims. "Put some clothes on! This is a mixed sex hall!"
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-05-07 01:08 am (UTC)(link)
"Nice to meet you too," he says. "I'm a nymph. You're an asshole."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-05-07 01:24 am (UTC)(link)
"Fuck's sake," snorts the alleged nymph. "You want that healed?"
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-05-07 01:26 am (UTC)(link)
"If you wanna walk there, I'm not stopping you," he says. "But if you're okay with divine healing, my way's quicker."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-05-07 01:37 am (UTC)(link)
"Okay," he says, and he walks past the door of her room to stand between it and the next room down the hall, giving her a clear path. "Just so you know, I was going to read you off to make the point that I actually am a fucking nymph, but I'm not feeling anything specific enough that you'd even be able to tell I wasn't just making it up. So congratulations on your boring fantasy life."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-05-07 01:45 am (UTC)(link)
"I'm not a subtle artist," he says. "I'm a fucking nymph. We're not expected to do shit except get on top of a dick a few times a week, but I like bucking expectations, so I'm a martial combat major. Seriously, I could heal you, that looked like it hurt."

The aggressive tone fades out of his voice over the course of these few sentences.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-05-07 01:58 am (UTC)(link)
"Are you uncomfortable about me getting close because I'm naked or because I can read your sexuality? Not that I can do much about either. I'm still feeling you from here, I'd still be feeling you from the other end of the hall, I could feel you from inside my room with the door closed if you were having sex in yours but I'd bet my title deed you're not gonna be getting any this month, especially not after I said that. And I have to touch you to work a healing."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-05-07 02:03 am (UTC)(link)
"I'm not a subtle artist," he says. "I go to school, I live in dorms. I live in dorms, people are going to be fucking nearby. And I can't just shut off my connection to sex any more than you can shut off your connection to breathing air and drinking water."

He takes half a step closer, holding out his hand. "I can heal and argue at the same time," he adds.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-05-07 02:09 am (UTC)(link)
A bright light flares; a golden warmth wells from her bones. All pain stops.

He drops her hand.

"See, fixed," he says. "Do you actually think I can stop looking?"
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-05-07 02:11 am (UTC)(link)
"Look it up how? Mom and I don't talk much."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-05-07 02:21 am (UTC)(link)
"I don't sense it, I am it," he says. "Anyway, whatever, I'm off to get yelled at for walking around naked some more."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-05-07 02:26 am (UTC)(link)
Thanks to Thatcher Hall's architect, only one end of this hallway leads to the stairs. They are off in the same direction.

"Great," he says. "We can be really uncomfortable buddies."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-05-07 02:30 am (UTC)(link)
"I'm not going to feel anything more from you than I've already got unless your desires change or you start getting horny around me," he sighs.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-05-07 02:37 am (UTC)(link)
"I'm sorry," he says. He sounds it. Exasperated, yes, but also sorry.
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