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X-23 ([personal profile] cutting_edgex23) wrote2015-11-14 10:14 pm

If I hadn't made me

It's a cool day, and a little damp, but not cold.

Even if it were, that would not prevent X from going through her exercises. Currently she's working on different springing passes, fighting an invisible and imaginary opponent of some stripe.

She does a lot of bouncing between rocks. And flips.

This is punctuated by short, brutal striking patterns, designed for maximum efficiency.

Or so one would suppose.
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[personal profile] howtoactfereldan 2015-11-15 03:27 am (UTC)(link)
It's another bad night. Cullen can now admit it to himself: he finds the lake here soothing. Good for his focus. Helpful with his temper. So on the bad nights -- here he is.

Instead of the quiet peace of the Caribbean inlet, he finds -- something fascinating. As best Cullen can tell, what the woman is doing resembles the descriptions he's read of the Orlesian Harlequins.

It's so astonishing -- he's never seen a Harlequin at work, though he's always wanted to -- he stops and watches, heedless of manners.
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howtoactfereldan: (though the darkness comes upon me)

[personal profile] howtoactfereldan 2015-11-15 03:35 am (UTC)(link)
It's okay, though his posture does change a little: stance widening, center of balance adjusting.

"I -- apologize. For interrupting your practice."

Not very new at what?
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[personal profile] howtoactfereldan 2015-11-15 03:41 am (UTC)(link)
And Cullen has some familiarity with those tones, doesn't he.

(She's lacking the scar, though. And he's never heard of one training as a warrior -- )

"It appears I've disturbed you nonetheless." Far more formal, now. "I can take my leave, if you'd like, and trouble you no further."
howtoactfereldan: (though the darkness comes upon me)

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Cullen nods -- and takes his time about it; it's not quite bowing his head. Not quite. "I am Cullen. And I worry that I might be very forward, but -- "

He gestures out to where she was working.

" -- that was -- quite impressive."
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[personal profile] howtoactfereldan 2015-11-15 03:59 am (UTC)(link)
"That is... very evident."

A hint of a smile.

"You prefer melee combat, I take it?"
howtoactfereldan: (though the darkness comes upon me)

[personal profile] howtoactfereldan 2015-11-15 04:04 am (UTC)(link)
Why I was made? he thinks.

Then could she be --

"If I may ask, serah -- "

This is a bad idea.

(Cullen is shifting from foot to foot, now, looking a little uncomfortable.)

"Are you Tranquil?"

Surely Ysalwen would have mentioned it, if there were Tranquil here?
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[personal profile] howtoactfereldan 2015-11-15 04:17 am (UTC)(link)
"I -- "

Oh dear. Cullen looks more mortified than uncomfortable.

"Serah -- we use that -- it's a word meant to confer respect. I apologize."
howtoactfereldan: (though the darkness comes upon me)

[personal profile] howtoactfereldan 2015-11-15 04:31 am (UTC)(link)
"No! Maker, no. I -- I shan't use it, if that's your preference."

A sigh. "Look -- X -- I found your skill impressive, and wanted to say so. That's all."
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[personal profile] howtoactfereldan 2015-11-15 04:40 am (UTC)(link)
Cullen brightens a little.

Nods.

"Yes. Longsword, mostly. Preferably with a shield, though I'm also comfortable without."
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Rather stupidly, Cullen says:

"Claws?"
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[personal profile] howtoactfereldan 2015-11-15 04:54 am (UTC)(link)
Cullen's eyes are approximately the size of dinner plates.

"That's..."

-- how long can he struggle for a word?

"...quite impressive," he finishes.

" -- and yes! Yes." He rubs the back of his neck. "Yes. I spar. It's an important part of our training regimen."
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[personal profile] howtoactfereldan 2015-11-15 05:02 am (UTC)(link)
Cullen's eyes gleam a little.

"Indeed," he agrees. "There's someone here -- well. She has need of learning the sword. We've been working together. But I admit, I should like the chance to see what others might do."

Not to mention it might make Ysalwen quite happy to see someone put Cullen on his arse. (She might even sell tickets.)
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"I will take your word for it," Cullen says immediately. "Armor's hard enough to maintain as it is. -- where I'm from, there are highly skilled combatants who move like you."

He gestures out to the field again, vaguely. "And I'd certainly not give up an opportunity to learn to better defend myself against their attacks."

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