Looking away
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Along Griffin Way, Thursday Evening
Hannibal's eel-invasion recovery party thing had seemed to be going well. After all, there was eel (always important when people were revenge-eating the same things that had spent the day before trying to kill them) and there was good company, and that was about all Jono really needed in order to get his mind off of the things that had been bothering him lately.

And then Karla had joined the party, and... well...

No. Nope. Jono was still fully expecting her to yell at him, and there was no way he was going to let that happen in Hannibal's dining room, with an audience. And so he was hiking up the collar to his coat, making certain that Joni was comfortably stowed away in his pocket, and he was slipping out the back door, around the house, making his way into the street.

For air. For privacy. Maybe just because he liked the smell of raw eel in the evening. He'd come up with any excuse he liked, thank you. The important thing was, he was outside.

[OOC: For one, please!]


2015-01-23 01:48 am (UTC) (Link)

When you had known someone for as long as Karla had known Jono, you start to pick up their tells. Pulling on his jacket collar was one of Jono's. From the minute she saw him do that--followed by him checking on Joni, yup--she knew what he had planned.

Handing Kayla over to Warren, Karla headed out the front door and waited in the street.

"Kiss kiss, darling. Out for pleasure stroll, at night, in eel-infested roads?"


2015-01-23 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)

//They're hardly infested anymore,// Jono pointed out, keeping his eyes in front of himself as he continued down the street. //It's a good night to appreciate them without the screaming ocean life.//

Jono, picking up his pace a little? Never!

Okay, yes, right now.


2015-01-23 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Karla was just going to stretch her legs a little bit and catch up, falling into step beside him. "So," she noted idly. "Sudden need for a brisk jog? Did you remember something vitally important? Oh! Oh! Is your stove on?"


2015-01-23 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)

//Maybe I just needed some fresh air,// Jono replied, shrugging his shoulders. Or, rather, bunching them up and leaving them that way. Which was almost the same thing if you squinted at it a little sideways and pretended that it was at all the same thing. //Stuffy parties, you know how it is. Gets difficult to breathe.//

Because, you know, that was such a concern.


2015-01-23 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Karla wasn't going to comment on that one. Jono knew how terrible his excuse was without her pointing it out. "Couldn't help but notice that stuffiness happened around the same time we arrived. That eager to avoid the baby, hmm?"

She was just gonna keep needling until you admitted what was going on, Jono.


2015-01-23 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)

//They cry, they spit up, they crap themselves. Maybe I'm just not a baby person,// Jono countered, furrowing his brow, but coming to a stop, finally. //Could just be coincidence. Maybe I didn't see you come in.//

Or maybe he absolutely had.


2015-01-23 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)

"Mmm, yes, that sounds likely," Karla said, nodding. "I could see how either one of those could be true, what with the way little baby brain sought yours at the dinner."

Someone had missed you, The Music! You'd gone away again even after you promised you wouldn't! You'd been gone for her WHOLE LIFE OUTSIDE.

...Maybe you didn't want to be her special friend anymore, now that she was born?

She stopped next to him, angling to face him, her face softening. "Wanna try one last time, maybe? With the truth perhaps?"

Edited at 2015-01-23 02:54 am (UTC)


2015-01-23 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Truth be told, he was still reaching back to her. Kayla couldn't possibly be within psionic earshot without him sending warmth and affection (and yes, apologies for taking off) her way.

He looked away from Karla, brow furrowed.

//I gave you the truth already,// he noted. //Are you certain you want more of it now?//


2015-01-23 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Jono was just lucky that Kayla hadn't discovered the art of sulking yet.

"Asked, didn't I?" Karla shrugged, affecting a casualness she didn't feel. "Why'd you run, Jono? From the party, I mean. I can guess why you ran from Glacia."


2015-01-23 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)

//Honestly? I didn't want anybody to start a scene in the middle of Hannibal's living room while he's trying to entertain guests,// Jono replied simply. //I had no idea how you were going to react. Figured it'd be better safe than sorry.//

Anybody who had ever met Karla wouldn't blame him for that one. Probably.


2015-01-23 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)

"You know, some people would have just asked to have a word outside," Karla said wryly.

Which was like acknowledging that he had a point.

"Am I yelling yet?"


2015-01-23 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)

//No. Which mostly makes me wonder how much yelling you did at Morton before coming to the island.//

No, really. They'd met.


2015-01-23 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)

"Fair bit," Karla admitted. "And then chewed on Warren's ear for awhile. It was some heavy reading after all. You know why I was so upset, right?"


2015-01-23 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)

//Do you suppose I would've taken off the way I did if I didn't have a fair idea as to why?// Jono turned to look at her, crossing his arms over his chest. //You don't think I should've done that to myself.//

No, he didn't think for a moment that she'd care about the lives of the people who had been looking to claim hers in the first place. The entire reason he'd kept it a secret from her until it was too late to put a stop to it was because he knew she'd tell him that he couldn't keep doing it, that it compromised who he was, that she wouldn't have him doing it for her sake.


2015-01-23 04:30 am (UTC) (Link)

"Of course it bothers me," Karla said, still not yelling. "I care about you. And if you'd asked me--or even told me what you were doing while you were doing it, I would have tried to make you stop. Because there's little enough of you left, Jon. The last thing I want you to do is sacrifice what's left for me."

She looked away, hugging herself. "But it wasn't just for me. It was for Kayla and for Glacia and to keep everything else that we've gone through from being for nothing."

There was more to it than that, but it was a good place to start.

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