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Coraline Jones ([personal profile] curiously_cora) wrote2013-08-11 06:18 pm
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Sitting alone in her room, Coraline leaned against her headboard and tugged at the hem of her t-shirt. Picking a hole in the end of it, she tore a finger straight through before sighing. Leaning back, she stared at the ceiling for one moment then two before she slipped out of bed and tugged her shoes on. Creeping down the quiet halls, she glanced back at her empty door hesitating for a moment before she walked away into the night.

She didn't know where she was headed until she was there at his home, at his hut and at his window. She pressed her fingertips against the window edge, hesitating before pushed up and climbed up onto the window before swinging her legs around and through. Leaning forward she looked at him and parted her lips as if to say something. She didn't know what to say, she didn't want to go either.

"Can I stay here?" Coraline asked, looking at Percy curiously.
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[personal profile] percy_jackson 2013-08-11 06:11 pm (UTC)(link)
I am a light sleeper -- have to be by design. Even so, Coraline's a good sneaker. So it's only when she speaks that my eyes snap open and I find myself lying in my own bed, staring up at the ceiling, wearing underwear (fortunately), and Coraline is in my vision. It takes me a second longer to process this and realize the trouble I'm in.

But Coraline looks... I can't speak too sharply at her. For one thing...

"Coraline, if Luke finds you here, we'll never hear the end of it," I said. I sighed. "Sure. What's wrong?"
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[personal profile] percy_jackson 2013-08-11 06:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Okay. Dangerous territory. The first question I wanted to ask was "why didn't you go to Johnny," and maybe that was the wisest question to ask, but some instinct inside me said not to go there. That would be rejecting her, and that wouldn't be good, for anyone.

It might still come to that, though.

But that left me with nothing else to say, so for a moment, I wracked my brains. Finally, I said, "How can I help?"
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"Um..." If Luke found us this way now, I would never, ever hear the end of it. Valkyrie would find out and kick my ass -- quite possibly hold me down to let Johnny kick my ass. And I could well deserve it. But was that enough to order Coraline away? Of course not. She was on my arm, so I curled my hand to touch her shoulder, and signed. Hopefully she'd be away before morning and nobody would be any the wiser.

"You need to move out of there," I said. "You need to find a place with people in it."

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Homeplot - Waking Up

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I don't know how long we slept, but when my eyes snapped open, I knew something was wrong. We were greeted by daylight, which made me think that Luke would be up, soon, but I had a sudden instinct to keep my voice down.

It was chiliier. The light was grey. The sky outside the window was cloudy.

The window had glass in it.

I looked up and around at an unfamiliar room. My heart started thumping. We were no longer in my hut.

Coraline was still in my arms. We were still holding each other as we had on my bed. Her... leg over mine. Her... chest pressed to my chest. It was... distracting.

"Coraline?" I whispered. "Coraline, wake up!"
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As tempting as that was (and it was), this was serious. I nudged her. "Coraline, look! We're not on the Island. We're in some strange room!"
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[personal profile] percy_jackson 2013-08-13 05:18 am (UTC)(link)
I shared a bit of Coraline's excitement as she bolted out of bed -- wearing far less than I'd remembered, but anyway... I was also rather nervous. Was this a dream trip? I'd had one before, and it hadn't gone well. And the fact of the matter was, we'd woken up in Coraline's bedroom. Together. And I was a stranger. And the worst thing that could happen right now would be for--

When the big Russian bellowed "HULLO CAROLINE!", I immediately put the covers over my head and ducked down into as unobtrusive a ball as possible.

Then I grunted when she straddled me, and poked my head above the covers. She didn't seem worried about the implications. I wondered if she'd thought them through.

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Re: Homeplot- Cardiff

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I'd seen some of these types of stores in New York. That Cardiff had one shattered what remaining preconception I had of the place being a small town. This store was also on the expensive side. Yes, we were in a dream world, but I still felt a little awkward that we were using Coraline's Dad's credit card to clothe me. It didn't look like I was going to be able to do anything about it, though.

I cast a glance at some of the prices, and I pointed at a stand of shirts under a sign with numbers that seemed reasonably low. "How about there?"
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"Okay," I said, grinning ruefully, and I headed over to the change rooms. The orange shirt, which was orange and had no words on it, just seemed to work. I guess you can take the boy out of Camp Half Blood, but you can't take Camp Half Blood out of the boy, not even in a dream.

I stepped into the change room and closed the door. There, I shrugged off Coraline's father's dress shirt and held the orange t-shirt against myself. It did seem to fit.
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Re: Homeplot- Cardiff Nightime

[personal profile] percy_jackson 2013-09-06 05:41 pm (UTC)(link)
I looked at that bed -- that large but undeniably singular bed -- with raised eyebrows. I'd clearly picked the wrong moment to head off to the public washroom while I left Coraline to deal with the front desk.

Then again, back home we were still sharing the same bed (probably), so why was this so different?

And the answer was because last night had been an accident. Tonight was a choice.

And Coraline had chosen me.

That was something. It was awkward, but it was still something.

So I set down the bags and I came over to the bed, sitting on the side and bouncing a little to test the springs. "Nice," I said, and I meant it.
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Sheepishly, I stood up with Coraline. I'd kicked off my shoes, so I took a couple of test bounces on the bed. Yup. Bouncy. This was how we lost a security deposit on our room, I thought. But I willed myself I to the spirit of things, and laughed and bounced some more.

"Bouncy," I said, and tried not to bounce into her.
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Coraline's kiss eased me awake, but it was her sudden tension that made me open my eyes. Something was wrong, I could tell, but I was still a little bleary-eyed to be fully aware of what was going on. "What?" I mumbled. "Coraline, it's okay. The guys at the front desk can get you another."
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Re: Homeplot- Cardiff Castle

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That brought me awake. I sat up, instinctively reaching for a sword that wasn't there, and cursing to myself a half-second later when I realized, of course, it wouldn't be there. Yeah. The Other Mother. Of course the dream time would dredge this up.

I scanned our room, alert for danger. "Where is she?"