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Post by baekhyun on 5/8/2014, 5:14 am

Hanson had been just minding his own business the other day, playing a couple of tunes on his harmonica, when a girl yelled at him to stop. Maybe, if she'd said it nicely, or been at least a little polite about it, he would have put the harmonica away. As it was, the girl had yelled at him, so he just played a little louder.

The girl had stomped up to him, grabbed his harmonica, and threw it on the floor. She then stamped on it and fled. The poor harmonica had been rendered useless, and Hanson would have shed a tear, except that there was no one else around and the tear would have been for nothing.

Right now, he's sprawled on a towel on the shore of the lake, a ridiculous sun-hat over his face. The hat's brim is huge, and it looks a little more like a sombrero than anything. He'd fallen in love with it at a thrift store one day, and bought it for two dollars immediately.

Other than the sombrero, he's wearing a plaid shirt over a white t-shirt and dark jeans. His shoes and socks are placed neatly next to the towel, as are his sunglasses.

He's not having the best day. A string on his guitar snapped, and he couldn't find another to replace it. His harmonica is little more than a squashed piece of metal. He saw a bug crawl into the end of his trumpet and refuses to touch it. Even his accordion has a hole poked through it.

Anyway, Hanson is still trying to feel optimistic. His day can't (won't, Hanson won't allow it) get worse, so it can only get better from here. Right?


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Re: come on, set the tone

Post by nix on 5/8/2014, 9:16 pm

a girl of seventeen pads in, leather cracking amongst green blade of grass. there's something battle-hardened about the girl, a sense of innocence that she has lost. eyes resolute & calmly guarded, she watches a bulky form set down and sprawl about a guard with a silly-looking hat. before long, a girl ends up stomping on it, and nix does not flinch, but waits for the other to leave.

with a particular stiffness, the blonde with cropped hair walks over ( a sense of good will urged her to keep the poor kid company ) & plops herself down next to him, amusement etched upon her face.

she doesn't see his face, she does not care for names, for she finds sympathy for those who are bullied by others at this unfortunate & hell-ridden camp.
                   
                             
"the harmonica has it rough," she quietly says, a small smile cracking her soldier-like demeanor.

                         "i've seen many people pick on kids with 'em. perhaps there's some sort of prejudice against harmonicas, huh."
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Post by baekhyun on 5/8/2014, 9:43 pm

Hanson grins ruefully from under his hat, not bothering to get up. "Yep. Came all the way from Germany only to be squashed by a boot." His shrug is almost imperceptible. He can always just ask Uncle Horstmayer to send him another one later. The voice he hears is a little familiar, he thinks, but then again he hears a lot of people talk. He's probably just getting confused.

"Ah yes, the poor harmonicas, victims of vicious prejudice." He sighs dramatically, the effect ruined by his smile. He supposes it's considered bad manners to ignore one's companion, so he sits up on his elbows, pulling the sombrero off. His grin falters, and he blinks in surprise at his companion.

"Nix?" He asks incredulously. "I haven't seen you in forever!"


ooc; sorry it's pretty bad, i've got the worst migraine :(
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Re: come on, set the tone

Post by nix on 5/11/2014, 5:21 pm

there's a flicker of recognition as she hears the man speak, but she supposes it's just a camp she has interacted with before. a roll of her shoulders, her back-blades crack. she leans back, elbows set firmly down onto the ground. her stance is far more masculine, a bit looser now that she's staring at the lake (not bothering to glance over), the last of the sun's embrace tinting her profile.

her expression is calm, eyes focused, though there still is a smile that makes her seem softer.

"you should see kids with the recorder it's way more awful----"
                                   and as she is about to continue, he interrupts her, and she blinks in riposte, irritated.

       and as he says aloud her name, she does not bat an eye ( her demeanor stays the same & so does the smile, though now it has become rather forced ). a glance over to her side, nix confirms it as hanson.

                   "yeah."
                                           
                           "it's been a while."
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Post by baekhyun on 5/11/2014, 9:09 pm

she sounds so nonchalant, but he can see the way her smile tenses. she's... different, and hanson isn't sure how to feel about it. not that it's his business, because it isn't, at least not anymore. so he slumps back, letting his smile spread slow and easy from ear to ear.

"a while? nix, it's been like a year!" he throws his head back and laughs, because hello, about a year ago, he couldn't imagine living a life without nix in it. he thinks he did pretty okay, but it doesn't mean he didn't miss her. that would be a lie, and hanson gave up lying to himself long ago.

"how have you been? heck, where have you been?" he asks, because he wants to know.


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Re: come on, set the tone

Post by nix on 5/11/2014, 11:50 pm

she does not laugh. there's an acridness that flavors her mouth, its bitterness forcing her to avert her gaze. she focuses on the diamond-encrusted lake, & she recalls his nature; its warmth, the care held for her, the tenderness he had shown her. and all she was, was weak and had been a p r o b l e m.

muscles visibly ripple ( she still possessed her lean physique ), her shoulders slump forward, but still her elbows sustain the weight. there's a pause, and a fraction of her younger self that has remained, that wanted to tell him everything.

of the monsters she fought, the way the sky had lit itself and revealed the dance of twinkling stars, the way a breeze has smoothed her scar-ridden skin---and how all these small moments meant all to her.

but she says none of such.

the child-soldier who has become vagabond, for once, decided that perhaps she should remain in camp for a while.

"a year?" it rolls off her tongue like molasses, & nix realizes it has been this long. still, the blonde just offers a shrug, seemingly unexcited by the prospect of reflecting on her wherabouts.

    "i spent some time helping out chiron. a dull affair. and you?"
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Post by baekhyun on 5/12/2014, 7:42 am

she... she looks defeated, in a way, like the world has beaten her down and she's hardened herself to the blows. he hates it, but digs his fingers into his palm and reminds himself that it's her life and he doesn't have a say in it anymore. she seems to curl into herself, shoulders slumping forward, and hanson fights against the urge to rub her back like he would have so long ago.

but seriously, 'a dull affair'? the nix he knew would never have said something like that. he's curious now, like he would be if he were meeting someone new.

"you know me," he shrugs languorously, because she does, "lazing about, not being a conducive member of society." he grins suddenly, bright and excited like the first ray of sunlight breaking through clouds. "but i have been on infirmary duty for a while now. i think i've developed an immunity to the flu, for like, ever."
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Re: come on, set the tone

Post by nix on 5/12/2014, 8:22 am

she quirks a brow, amusement sparking her features.

"seriously?" she asks with lyre-born chords, interested & with a chuckle, nix still stares at the scenery before them. there's something soothing about the way the water ripples into circles and the way the wind nips her skin. it's nostalgic in a way.

"damn. i'd be forever happy without the flu." a twitch of cracked lips, and she can't help but feign a look of jealousy and throw him a glare ( not meant in any offense).

"perhaps i should stick around the infirmary more often, eh?"

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Re: come on, set the tone

Post by baekhyun on 6/9/2014, 3:55 pm


hanson levi
he waggles his eyebrows suggestively, meaning nothing by it except a laugh, "sure. stick around, i'd be happy to have you." he winks, his smile reaching from ear to ear. he lays back down again, though he shifts so he can keep an eye on nix. "but seriously, it gets soooo boring there, you'd be welcome. it's just me and betty most days." being a son of apollo, the bright sun doesn't bother him. by betty, he means his guitar. he'd spent about a month agonizing over what to name his favourite instrument, but he'd finally decided on betty.
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Post by nix on 6/15/2014, 7:50 pm


"betty?" she repeats the moniker, the sun staining the spun gold in her hair. like honey, it's smooth though she kept it cropped, the spilling waves of heat irking her to no end when her hair reached her back blades.

though once he laughs, her smile disappears once she stares at the molten water, the tint of waning yellow slowly dissipating in due time.

"most likely i'll be your number one customer."
scratches, bones cracked, & ripped pieces of flesh has come from the life she has taken, to fight & die by her sword. nix is a warrior, a guide for campers, a girl sent to kill the most dangerous of monsters that thrived on the borders of their world.


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Re: come on, set the tone

Post by baekhyun on 6/23/2014, 7:54 am

i don't care if the world knows what my secrets are

hanson levi
her face lights up when she smiles and laughs, and the effect is infectuous. he laughs along with her, shaking his head as he looks away for a short while.



"yeah, okay, laugh all you want but betty was much better than mildred--" he looks back and his words die quietly in his throat along with his mirth. nix has stopped laughing, stopped smiling. all that's left is... something like a shell. he clears his throat, a tiny little line appearing between his eyebrows. he looks away uncomfortably, idly scooping up a pinch of sand and sprinkling it over his sun hat.

she tells him she'll be his number one customer which no, he did not want to hear. "nah," he says, forcing lightness into his expression and voice, "you'd better not be. you can hang out, but no injuries are allowed."
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