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tothebone ([personal profile] tothebone) wrote in [community profile] sixwordstories2014-12-21 10:24 pm
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Eggnog: the jewel of the holidays!
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[personal profile] evillurks 2014-12-22 04:06 am (UTC)(link)
I'll stick to coffee, thanks.
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[personal profile] evillurks 2014-12-22 04:15 am (UTC)(link)
...Maybe in the coffee. It's too rich by itself.

[He could use some coffee, tonight, as he's looking more lethargic than usual.]
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[personal profile] evillurks 2014-12-22 04:35 am (UTC)(link)
[The Shadow has come to associate Metody with a mess of bright colors, and as much as he might complain, his gaze roves the assortment of cheerful furnishings with interest. He's in a dark suit and the red scarf Metody gave him, an outfit that's somewhere halfway between his working clothes and what passes for casual with him.]

That... sounds like a good idea, tonight.

[Then he coughs, rattling and low, and grimaces. It's been a few years since he sounded like that, but this winter is not going easy on him.]
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[personal profile] evillurks 2014-12-22 04:48 am (UTC)(link)
I think I picked up a cold in Russia.

[The Shadow's tolerance is high, but he may be in for more than he bargained for. On the other hand, any reason to stay in will probably do him good.]
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[personal profile] evillurks 2014-12-22 12:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Mm. I had work to do. And then there's always a backlog when I return to New York.

[Eyes half-lidded, he studies the pattern on a colorful couch cushion absently.]
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[personal profile] evillurks 2014-12-22 05:17 pm (UTC)(link)
My agents do what they can, while I'm away. But some things require personal attention.

[The roses do catch his attention, being the sort of thing he's more inclined to appreciate, himself. It's a rest for the eyes amid the brighter colors. The cough returns, and he grimaces when it's through with him.]

I don't have the political ties there I used to, but yes, things there are resolving as well as can be expected.
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[personal profile] evillurks 2014-12-22 06:04 pm (UTC)(link)
[The Shadow gives a low, rippling chuckle, an echo of his usual laugh, ending in a few more coughs. It is not an entirely mirthful sound.]

No. Not even then... [He coughs into a tissue, sips the coffee, and spins the heavy girasol ring on his left hand. It's a familiar gesture, what tends to pass for fidgeting, from him, but this time he watches the gem flash and sparkle in the light with a thoughtful expression.]

This was a gift. For service to the Czar.
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[personal profile] evillurks 2014-12-22 06:37 pm (UTC)(link)
[There is, for the briefest of moments, an utter stillness to him. It's difficult to surprise The Shadow, but the brief freeze is telling. A moment later he spins the ring again, the gesture oddly hypnotic.]

Not mine, no. And this hasn't come off in a few decades. [His eyes narrow thoughtfully.]

But I'm aware I have alternates around, with networks of their own.
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[personal profile] evillurks 2014-12-22 07:09 pm (UTC)(link)
[For his part, The Shadow looks less amused, but he sips his coffee, and settles, content to continue the conversation on Metody's return.]

One of a set of fire opals. Have you been fraternizing with my alternates, Green? [He is not annoyed, but one dark eyebrow quirks, and he stifles another cough for the sake of maintaining his expression. Soup will be accepted, however, and it is difficult to look at all imposing whilst sunk deep in colorful sofa cushions with a mug in either hand.]
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[personal profile] evillurks 2014-12-22 07:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Hmmm.

I have two, but I received this one first. [He frowns mildly at the soup and coffee, and opts to set the latter down. It is, somewhat belatedly, coming to his attention that he is being mothered. This is an unusual experience, and he is not yet certain how he feels about it.]

But as I said, this one no longer comes off, and that means the other one won't go on... they were, once long ago, the eyes of a Xinca idol. The opals have a history even longer than mine.
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[personal profile] evillurks 2014-12-22 07:49 pm (UTC)(link)
[His lungs have not been ideal ever since the gunshot wound belatedly collapsed one. He has, the past year or two, been doing well, but whatever cold he's picked up has found a weak spot to attack. Warm honey might help his throat, but rest and keeping indoors will do more. He is good at neither of these.]

I wouldn't call them warlike. It's a tribe in South America. They're nowhere near as isolated as they once were, but at the time the opals were first taken, they were what you might call more primitive. [He pauses to cough, sip soup, and clear his throat. The soup gets an appreciative pause, eyes half-closed. He does like ginger.]

I knew nothing of them, when the Czar gave me this ring. I did visit them later, however, and gained their blessing to keep both this and its twin.
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[personal profile] evillurks 2014-12-23 02:07 am (UTC)(link)
They... thought I was sent by the gods. The airplane may have had something to do with that, too. [He's sunk deeper into the couch, both bony hands wrapped around the mug of soup. Loathe though he may be to admit it, he's sick, and the unaccustomed comfort is welcome. A few more rattling coughs escape him, but he does manage not to spill his soup.]

The last I had contact with them, they'd caught up with the times; blue jeans and Coca-cola and all. There's few of them left, now. Once, I returned and helped defend them against the logging industry, but now the modern world lures the younger generations away... [His voice fades out as he stares into the middle distance, thoughtful.]

All things must come to an end.
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[personal profile] evillurks 2014-12-23 02:37 am (UTC)(link)
Adapting is what humanity does, I know that. [He waves a hand briefly.] Change or die. I'm not quite who I was, twenty, thirty, fifty years ago, either. But even I get nostalgic, once in a while.

[He sighs, suffers a brief, rattling, coughing fit, and gives a quiet growl of frustration.] I only hope I'm keeping up with the times fast enough...

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