twelve_not_fourteen: (Episode 5 - Thinky Face)
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No matter how good you are at something, if you challenge yourself against enough people, you'll find someone who can best you. Even if you have all the talent in the galaxy, nobody is going to be successful one-hundred percent of the time. It's an unfortunate aspect of life that we fail.

You can label those thoughts as pessimism or realism if you like, but it doesn't change it's truth. And the good thing is that, in recognizing you can't be the best at everything all the time, you can come to realize that the whole rest of the human race is on that ship with you. What ends up making the difference is striving to be better and being well rounded in what you can do. There's no shortage of aspiration in Han. He's not the 'resting on his laurels' type.

Which brings us to the explanation of why he's been spending the last few nights in Nexus bars learning to play darts of all things. Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy mentions being interested in bar games. Girl says darts seem like fun. Boy spends all his spare time over the next few days learning how to play darts, naturally.

It could have been fun to learn how to play together and, no doubt, that's the route a lot of people would take. Not Han, though. It's so deeply ingrained into him that he needs to prove his worth, that he couldn't very well go into this occasion without some practice. Even though it's just for fun. Just an excuse to get closer to somebody. He has to be the best that he can be in the few short days he has to learn the skill. Besides, he rationalizes to himself, it will be good if someone knows the rules to the games before they try to play.

Thock. Thock. Thock.

The sound of the metal tipped darts pelting the sisal fibre board is the same every time. In some ways, the game likens itself to other kinds of marksmanship. A lot of the work is done in adopting a good stance each time and being consistent.

The hours melt away faster that he realizes.

Unlike playing cards, which requires observation and thinking to play well, he can mostly zone out here. For him, it's kind of relaxing. He's not a champion dart player after two days and he's pretty sure Barton would handily outclass him in a game, but he's gotten pretty good. He tends to hit in the wedge that he's aiming for more often than he misses.

Although they never specifically agreed upon a time or even a specific place to reunite, he trusts the May Queen to find him. The morning was clear and no doubt a goddess has a lot to accomplish in a day, so he waits until the sky begins to turn dark before he heads to an establishment called 'The Pitch and Roll'.

It starts to rain just before he gets there, but it's one of those warm refreshing ones that you tend not to mind getting caught in too much. For now. It looks to him like it's going to really start pouring soon. A good evening to spend inside somewhere. He's glad he brought a good jacket; it's light brown in color and leather. If it's still raining when it's time to walk to the Falcon, he'll be glad to have it. The rest of what he's put on in terms of his clothing is the standard for him - black pants with a yellow decoration along the side seam and a white long sleave shirt.

He doesn't see Frea when he arrives and so, he'll walk up to the bar and order an ale for himself while he waits.

Date: 2016-07-05 03:16 pm (UTC)
maydayqueen: (laugh)
From: [personal profile] maydayqueen
Her laugh is her herald: he'll hear her coming.

It had been a busy day for her, productive, and more happy than otherwise. There were flowers and animals and all sorts of things Han doesn't realize he cares about. (Of course he cares about them; he likes food.) All in all, a good day. She even found time to clean herself up--she doesn't much care about looking like a wild thing, but she's aware some places are very judgy about who gets to come inside and stay. So she's freshly bathed and has washed her hair, and even found some ribbon with which to fasten the simple braid she's plaited before winding a new crown of clematis and larkspur. No sense in trying to dry her hair thoroughly, she knows it'll be raining before she finds him. Some people might think pants would be more practical for the weather she's expecting, but she's going to pick a ruffly skirt and white top because they're pretty and make her happy.

Being damp doesn't dampen her spirits. She's laughing when she dashes in from the rain and skids to a stop by the door to put her sandals on. It's a brief pause in her trajectory, and soon she's headed toward Han again. If he doesn't stop her he's going to end up getting hugged and kissed in front of all these people.

"Here you are." As if she'd been looking for him. But she has been. Looking for, and looking forward to. Or maybe she's presenting herself, with her damp hair and damp clothes and smile warmer than anything.

Date: 2016-07-06 12:10 am (UTC)
maydayqueen: (embarrassed smile)
From: [personal profile] maydayqueen
No shoes again. He might start noticing a theme with her.

He looks so handsome, how could she not want to kiss and touch him? And, bonus, it makes him smile like that. There are universes in that smile, mysterious and unknowable but twinkling and alive all the same. Her attention is all on that while he's looking her over. "So do you. You always do."

The step back was only taken to try and keep him from getting as wet as she is. He's dressed far more sensibly and she knows she could probably learn something from him in that regard. It's only when he asks about being cold that she glances down and realizes she is, "A little." One hand is briefly freed from the important job of touching him to shake her skirt out. "Not when you're close."

Date: 2016-07-06 05:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] maydayqueen
Would it surprise him to know that she's at least as happy to see him as he feels inside right now? On the one hand, she'd love to teach him all about the ways she's happy; on the other, it's kinda nice to surprise him with these things. Decisions, decisions...

When she realizes what's coming her lips curl into another smile, this one less for the world and more for the man. It's an intimate sort of smile, one not many people will see. As rare as his generous streak, perhaps. He's good to her, and she adores it.

"Thank you." She leans into the jacket, back to him and arms sliding into the sleeves without moving to adjust the garment. An invitation, perhaps, for his arms to linger around her? The glance flashed over her shoulder suggests an unspoken dare.

Date: 2016-07-07 02:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] maydayqueen
People say that good things come in pairs. Why not matched sets of happiness? It sounds like a good idea to her.

To be worshipped by him the way a man worships the woman he loves might be the greatest joy of her life. She won't lack for reasons to smile while he's around. The little gestures and offers are part of it, sure, but mostly it's the fact that he's around. He's choosing her for a much gentler life and she adores him.

She's a lucky woman.

Is it manipulation when they both get what they want in the end? Probably, but she doesn't expect to get in trouble for it. And if she does, she's pretty sure she can get out of it again just as soon as she wants to. Depends on what he'll do...

Wrapping his arms around her is clearly the right response, and now he's got arms full of a purring Frea. The more his arms snug around her the more she's going to lean against him. It won't bother her if people look, and being stared at will only make her laugh. Let them watch, maybe they'll learn something so they can be this happy too.

"Hmm." Frea tilts her head up and back to brush her hair against his cheek. "Not assuming I've already been well watered?"

It's a stupid joke, she knows that, but she's giggling at it anyway. Just a little. "Lemonade, please, if they have any?"

Date: 2016-07-08 01:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] maydayqueen
There are worse things than being defenseless when love is offered. Not everything needs to be defended against. And would he really have been able to stop her? Love and romance aren't strictly her responsibility, but anyone who thinks there isn't a little parade nuptiale in the springtime, well... they haven't been paying attention.

It'll be a terribly vicious cycle of their ending up close and comfortable. And it's not just the touching and the wrapping each other in arms. There's the looks and smiles and kisses to contend with, too. Dreadful, really. How he suffers for her. Whatever kind of soap he uses, she likes the way he smells, and that only makes her want to make him suffer her closeness all the more.

He isn't the only one remembering that night and hoping for an encore.

The innuendo makes her eyes flash with anticipation, but she tempers it to give him a whole cloth innocent look. "Darts makes people thirsty? I must have been playing wrong."

Oh, that's a sad thought, that he has to let go of her right when she was getting comfortable. He'll have to make it up to her later. But she can wait, patient as anything, perched on the stool with her legs crossed and one foot swinging idly to a tune maybe only she hears. Each brush brings it against leg, whisper-soft and likely to be entirely denied if he says anything about it.

Date: 2016-07-10 02:22 am (UTC)
maydayqueen: (smirk)
From: [personal profile] maydayqueen
It's a good sign, both that she's doing it and that he's enjoying it. A subtle touch is a tendril of hope keeping them together until they can have more. Not that it isn't tempting to have her hands all over him, but someone's been in her ear about how to behave in public.

The bartender is flashed a smile, but that's the only sign that the world beyond the two of them even exists to her anymore. When Han turns to her again she lifts her chin to meet his eyes. A hand strokes over the back of his before she takes the drink. The something in his eyes is beautiful and curious; she hopes she'll get to see it again.

"Something celestial? Hmm. When it exerts a mysterious gravitational pull, perhaps?" The question is accompanied by her fingers snaking out to take hold of his shirt and start drawing him closer.

Date: 2016-07-11 05:06 am (UTC)
maydayqueen: (embarrassed smile)
From: [personal profile] maydayqueen
I'm not saying it was Brienne but.

Ladies should perhaps not do such things. They shouldn't reach out and touch the people they want to touch, they shouldn't lift their chins in anticipation of the kiss they want so much, and they definitely shouldn't smile like that. But if she's a celestial body, she's working under higher rules than those that govern ladies, yes?

The kiss should read as passionate; they're passionate people. Especially together like this. And a touch possessive, perhaps, but she wouldn't call her inclination that so much as affectionate. Six of one, at the moment, because there's kissing and that's better than debating about words. She releases his shirt to rest her hand flush against his side. Long and happy kisses may not be a game of darts, but it's something in which they both have a true and steady aim.

When his fingers brush against her jaw her eyes close and she sighs, both in pleasure and regret. Listening is almost a distraction, with all the background noise, but his words get a smile. "Were you lost?"

Her hand moves from his side to his hand, fingers twining with fingers. "Mm-hmm." Wherever they're going, she'll follow. She slides easily off the stool and hands on her feet, her skirt billowing slightly before it settles around her again.

Date: 2016-07-11 06:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] maydayqueen
There's very little chance she'll ever be so prim and proper as to lose his attention. She just couldn't keep the act going that long, and especially not with him around. He brings out the best in her. Joyful abandon is fun, he should try it sometime.

She's not the only one around with gravitational forces.

Nobody can see everything coming. Perfect foresight would be miserable anyway. His answer may be indirect but she nods, a momentarily serious expression on her face. Yes, that's something she can understand. "But you've found your course again?"

The gentle squeeze is returned with a smile. The seriousness really doesn't last with this one. He's too much fun. Going along with him is entertaining, yes, and amusing; being adored is pretty nice, too. She notices he's left his drink, and wonders. A little stretching before she lets him lead her away and she can catch the bottle up in the crook of her elbow--a handy hands-free way to carry it for him, since her hands are busy.

"I've seen it played. I think I understand the general idea. But you're going to have to help me with the specifics." In other words, there will be plenty of opportunities to touch her. For socially appropriate reasons like correcting her stance and helping her aim, of course.

Date: 2016-07-12 01:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] maydayqueen
It's such a little gesture that she can't imagine not doing it. It's such a big deal that she can't imagine not doing it. Either way you look at it, it's worth doing. He's worth it. His smile is answered with a smile and a little shoulder-shrug that both says 'no big deal' and offers him the drink.

"Good." She hopes their paths stay crossed a while longer, and that when they aren't he'll find his way to some kind of happiness.

While he gathers up the darts she puts their drinks down and leans against a table to watch and listen. He's a good teacher, if the scale he's judged on is her attentiveness. How much she retains of the lesson remains to be seen.

"So it's better to be in the ring than the middle of the bullseye? Rings are good, symbolically, you know. The perfect unending cycle..." She hums softly before beckoning him over to her again. "Show me how to throw them?"

Date: 2016-07-13 02:05 am (UTC)
maydayqueen: (smile)
From: [personal profile] maydayqueen
Everyone's time is limited. She has the good fortune of knowing her expiration date.

"Sometimes. It's a good goal to have in mind." It's an easy answer that comes with an easy smile while she thinks about how much more she wants to tell him tonight. "Some cycles, like the seasons, they should be unending. And if they're to be unending, shouldn't they also be as perfect as possible?"

He's always welcome to take her hand. Hers sits in his so happily it's rather a shame to stop. She's been taking in what he says, and she thinks she understands most of it, but she'd still rather he be the scorekeeper tonight. To keep things fair, she'll be in charge of awarding the prizes for skill and merit.

The prizes will be kisses.

The setup, line and distance and direction to the target, are taken in with a sweep of her gaze before it fixes itself on him again. She turns to present a profile to the target but doesn't look at it. "Keep my eyes on the prize, right?"

Date: 2016-07-14 01:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] maydayqueen
Cycles, and the seasonal cycle in particular, tend to always be on her mind. She participates wholeheartedly in the circle of life and still cries over baby animals being hurt. Even in a perfect cycle, sometimes things come too soon. Or too late. He's been just right.

"And you know how I like nice things." She flashes him a smile that suggests it's not as important as he might fear. Whatever he missed can fly off into the ethereal realm of conversations not had; she will not chase it. There are other paths.

Why would he want to hide that smile from her? Hasn't he noticed how much she loves his smiles? And her own are given so freely. "I don't think I'm going to be very good at darts," she admits without a hint of sorrow in her tone.

The question about her dominant hand makes her pause to think. She's not really sure, but will take the dart with her right hand for now. "Thank you. Show me how to throw it?"

Date: 2016-07-16 06:17 pm (UTC)
maydayqueen: (embarrassed smile)
From: [personal profile] maydayqueen
He hasn't missed that mark yet!

He's no Vulcan to live by logic alone that's the wrong franchise, but neither is he undeserving of happiness. But he's not the type to talk about things, she's noticed that already. She'll have to lead by example, and with so many smiles to spare for him, that shouldn't be too hard.

"You're very distracting," she points out with another of her easy smiles, "even with an excellent teacher, I don't know how much of the lessons I'll retain." Her aim is true, but she'd have to focus, and there are better targets for her attention. The unflinching way he reaches for her, the fact he'll hold her like that, and how very nice his warm breath feels against her skin are all proving her point. Eyes closed and smiling, she leans back toward him and her empty hand moves to cover one of his.

"Mm-hmm." Is she even listening? Her feet do shift into the stance recommended but she'd still rather lean her head back against his chest.

Date: 2016-07-17 02:42 am (UTC)
maydayqueen: (embarrassed smile)
From: [personal profile] maydayqueen
Kisses shared are quite possibly the most perfect use of their time. She's happy to share a kiss with him, turning just enough to meet him at a good angle. The noise and bustle around them hardly matters to her when he's near. They might be attracting a bit of an audience with all this pretty people kissing, but that doesn't bother her either.

It takes her a moment to realize what happened when he pulls back wincing. But when she does, he gets a sympathetic look. Poor dear. They'll be more careful about kissing while holding pointy things. She'd kiss it better, but, well...

"Hmm?" Oh. Right. Darts. And no more being held, how lamentable. She focuses on his hand, studying his hold on the dart before holding hers up to mimic it. "Like this?"

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Han: 261, Frea: 301

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Han: 1, Frea: 62

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Aww that's cute. :D

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Seems appropriate: https://youtu.be/D1ZYhVpdXbQ

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I had to watch CO for a film class. Ugh.

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It's very triggering.

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Well, he's a tall man. ;)

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Particularly the last 4: http://bit.ly/2aYDGTd

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You mean he's capable of working? :P

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I just want notifications to work again. :(

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I know. Bad me. I'll show myself out.

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Yeah karzilla just posted they fixed it. :)

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