Avoidance [Andrew, Brian]

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Avoidance [Andrew, Brian]

Post by Serendipital on Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:25 pm

School was kind of awful.

Brian enjoyed it, sure. He had friends there. They talked and laughed together like friends are supposed to, and at the end of the day they bid each other farewell. But as Brian walked along the chipped sidewalk, he remembered all of the awkward silences in those conversations, the times when his answer wasn’t quite good enough.

A sigh rattled his lungs, taking the air that held up his body and leaving him slumped over like a doll. His answers were meant to prompt more conversation, but they expected him to keep on contributing, to not just listen and watch. They were his friends, yes, but his silence wasn’t going to help that relationship.

Brian kicked at a pebble and bit his lip because what if they weren’t his friends? Did they actually care about him, or did they just keep him around because he was the new kid, and oh, the poor thing must be so lonely, leaving everyone he ever cared about behind when he moved? The suburbs weren’t far from downtown, but it was dangerous there and his mother was too busy to take him. Talking on the phone just wasn’t the same. It didn’t even come close to sitting on a bench and listening and not having to say anything and knowing that the person beside him would be there forever.

Something ripped him out his thoughts, a strange feeling that he couldn't pinpoint. But then he looked up, and a hard light shone on his face, and muffled noises reached his ears. There was a car, and it wasn’t stopping.


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Re: Avoidance [Andrew, Brian]

Post by Andrew on Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:39 pm

Andrew yawned, bored. He was debating heading to Halt's, but that would have to wait until later. The man was likely following the doc around again, like a love struck puppy. To be fair, that's what the man was at the moment - tripping all over himself in his eagerness to get close to her and see if she'd be willing to scratch his belly.

Chuckling softly to himself, the redhead shook his head as the visual occurred to him. He was going to have to draw that out and give it to Halt. Even if the man decided to throw it away, his reaction would be more than enough of a trade-off.

He absently watched other people on the street. But even though he was only half-paying attention, he was still paying more attention than other people were and he was the first one to see that a younger teen was about to get hit by a car (and what was with drivers in this city? It was like they aimed for pedestrians). Since he was the first to see it, he was the first to react, running out into the street and tackling the boy back onto the sidewalk, managing to twist so that he hit the ground first and the other landed on him.


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Re: Avoidance [Andrew, Brian]

Post by Serendipital on Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:02 am

Brian wheezed, the air knocked out of him from the impact. His scrambled mind took a moment to get its bearings, still reeling from the sight of the car and the road beneath his feet. It had hit him, hadn’t it? There was no way he could have avoided it; it was so close.

Brian squeezed his eyes shut, nose wrinkling as he shook his head. No, he hadn’t been hit. There was no antiseptic smell, just a faintly smoky one. He wasn’t in any pain, and there weren’t any white walls blocking his view of the sky. And unless hospitals had changed since the last time he was in one, there wouldn’t be a wad of gum laying beside him.

He felt his eyes relax-how wide had they been?-and his body follow suit. Laying there for a moment wouldn’t hurt anyone, and he wasn’t sure he could get up if he wanted to. So he closed his eyes and focused on his breathing, at which point he realized the ground beneath him was soft, and it was moving.

“I’m sorry!” he blurted, scrambling to get up but realizing his legs weren’t working quite right. Instead, he rolled onto his side and off the body beneath him. “Thank you. I’m sorry.” His tongue couldn’t seem to decide which phrase to say, so it continued repeating them as he pushed himself to his feet. At one point, he heard a strange combination of the two come out of his mouth, but the folly was ignored in favor of checking on the stranger who’d-maybe-saved him from the car.


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Post by Andrew on Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:36 pm

Andrew laughed at the boy's flailing and apologies. And, hey, he hadn't been hit by another car. That was always a good reason to laugh too. He pushed himself up so that he was sitting, waving off the various people asking if they were okay, unnatural eyes flickering around and the sight of them sending people on their way. Yeah that was nothing new.

"Oh, it's just a harbinger. Who cares?" was muttered by someone he couldn't pick out. Rolling his eyes, he got to his feet. That attitude was nothing new either.

He offered a hand to Brian. "Hey, it's okay. Don't worry about it. No one's hurt so it's fine." He laughed and grinned widely. "Just pay more attention when you're crossing the road, okay?"

He looked over the boy to make sure he wasn't anything more than rattled. Which, he shouldn't be since they had been fully midair at one point so their landing was cushioned by his own power. And oh, isn't that interesting? The kid was a harbinger too.

"I'm Andrew," he said, offering his hand to shake.


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