Waking Up-Ish
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Hannibal's House, Friday Evening
Things were still a bit muddied. Still a bit like wading through grotty swampwater simply to form a coherent thought in his head. But, Jonothon supposed, at least that was the worst of it. Sitting in a fog unable to figure out where most of himself had gone was, by and large, not as terrible a fate as sitting in a fog, slowly being poisoned away by the devil he'd made a deal with.

Which didn't make him feel any better, admittedly, but he was fairly positive that until he managed to recover from whatever this was, he wasn't going to feel better. Hell, he still felt ashamed and more than a little bit stupid. And 'better' wasn't something that Jono particularly excelled at. Not even when he wasn't reduced to however much of himself was left.


[OOC: For they who know who they are! And phone calls, if anyone is feeling up to the most monosyllabic conversation Jono has ever had.]

never_dull

2015-03-27 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hannibal was concerned about Jono; he might not be in the thrall of Leland Gaunt and that vial anymore, but he still behaved as though he weren't all there. Most of the reclaimed people had gone to the clinic, but an IV wasn't going to help Jono much.

So, Hannibal did his best with the rest of the requirements and showed his caring in his own way: by cooking a quick and simple meal of pork chops and spinach for everyone (mostly to keep Karla out of his kitchen), eating his own relatively quickly, then leaving the rest to warm in the oven and bringing an entire coffee service back up to the bedroom.

He sat as close to Jono as he could, stroking his hair as he poured the coffee. "Still tired?"

furnaceface

2015-03-27 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Jono nodded slightly, closing his eyes and rolling over a bit to look up at Hannibal.

//Exhausted.//

Same old, same old. And the island was feeling no less oppressive now than it had before, on top of it all. At least now, Jono could try to logic what he was feeling away a little. This hurt wasn't his, that one was, but he normally wouldn't dwell on it so much. It didn't make it feel any different, no, but at least it meant be was more inclined to stubborn his way through it.

//Coffee?//

never_dull

2015-03-27 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Of course." Hannibal smiled down at him. "Do you think you can join me for it? If not, I'll let you hold the warm carafe and enjoy the smell."

furnaceface

2015-03-27 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

//... Not sure I wanna... smell anything ever again,// Jono murmured, shrugging one shoulder a little. //Could try t'share. Company's fine, if not.//

His grasp on most things was tenuous at best at the moment, but he could appreciate that Hannibal was trying. That meant a lot.

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furnaceface

2015-03-29 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

YES. Yes, shield him make it stop make it stop make it stop, he'd never felt psionic pain quite like this before, like two parts that had been torn to shreds becoming whole again, and he felt Hannibal offering comfort and he was clinging to it, but the shock of coming back to his full senses was not something he'd been prepared for. Not something he would have had any idea how to prepare for.

This was not exactly a good day for him.

never_dull

2015-03-29 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hannibal winced in sympathy as some of that reached him; he didn't think Jono knew how much he was projecting, and that in and of itself was worrying. He moved the hand on Jono's head to his chest where the bandages still gapped, reaching in to touch the fire. Share with me, he suggested in the midst of his calm. Use me as a filter.

glacial_queen

2015-03-29 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Karla was glad Jono was capable of saying at least that much, because she wasn't entirely sure what she would have done if he hadn't been. Her Sapphire started to glow as she ruthlessly stripped power away to wrap around Jono's mind, creating multiple shields to keep out the steady throb of poison.

In the other room, Kayla started wailing. Karla trusted to Warren to be able to calm her down, especially once she was able to minimize Jono's pain.

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glacial_queen

2015-03-28 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)

There was a soft pushing at his brain, not unlike getting batted by a tiny kitten paw with a small voice saying, "S'cuse me?"

furnaceface

2015-03-28 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh... Jonothon knew that push. It was faint, weaker than it had been in a long, long time, though he suspected that, for the most part, that was because he was weaker, here.

//Hello, Sunshine...//

He tried to send a pulse of warmth along with that, but it fell a bit short. there wasn't enough left of him to try.

glacial_queen

2015-03-28 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh. That wasn't good at all. Why did the Music feel so far away? He hadn't answered her for days and days and days and now he felt like he was soooo far, even though she could feel him really close by!

She didn't understand.

furnaceface

2015-03-28 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)

No, he hadn't suspected she would. Truth be told, he didn't understand a hell of a lot right now, himself. And he was tired. So bloody tired.

So, instead of much in the way of warm feelings, he just sent her some notes from the first song to come to mind.

... If it happened to be Pearl Jam's Daughter, well, at least nobody else could hear but Kayla.

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glacial_queen

2015-03-28 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)

At some point later in the evening, after Jalian had been there and gone, Karla was knocking on the door to where Jono was resting.

She had her Ebon-gray around her neck again and something very important in her hands. *Jono? Can I come in?*

furnaceface

2015-03-28 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

//If you like,// Jono replied, sounding, if not happier, at least a little less mostly-dead. //I'm not doing anything particularly important in here, anyway.//

Well, there was the moping. Jono hadn't worked up a good mope like this one in years.

glacial_queen

2015-03-28 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Karla wasn't even going to chide him for it. This one was due.

But maybe she'd be able to help pull him out of it?

Pushing the door open, Karla came inside and crossed over to where Jono was moping resting. "I brought something for you," she said, refusing to waste time on pleasantries and small talk. "Here."

And she handed over a neatly-folded piece of green paper.

furnaceface

2015-03-28 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Jono was quiet as he held out his hand to accept the paper, stared at it in silence for a few seconds, and then clutched it close and curled himself around it a bit.

Which was not the Jono equivalent of crying, dammit, and he'd thank Karla for not assuming that it was.

It totally was.

There would be words in a moment or two, honest, just as soon as he could manage to come up with them. For the time being, he hoped that she'd accept a broad wash of wordless gratitude, instead.

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