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The House That Is Totally Hannibal's And Not At All Jono's Honest, the Matrix, Wednesday Morning
It was the silence that woke Jonothon up. Not that the house was any more quiet than it usually was, really. This was Fandom. There was always some sort of noise, even if it was something as subtle as the flapping of flamingos stretching their wings on the lawn.

Which, really, they probably had to do something about eventually.

But it was the other sort of silence, the one that Jono had grown all too used to over the past several years. The sort that he'd hoped he wouldn't have to listen to again. It was exactly the sort of silence that made him want to scream to fill it.

Instead, he sat shock-upright with a gasp, eyes wide, hands clutching at his chest. No. No no no no no no.

[OOC: For that other guy who came into the Matrix with him! I figure I can just use this journal to set up posts, and then swap to the one with the icons for great threading justice otherwise? WE'LL SEE HOW THIS WORKS.]

never_dull

2015-07-29 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hannibal woke up instantly at the sudden movement, looked to Jono, and raised an eyebrow. "What has the island done this time?" He himself felt no different, but these things didn't always affect everyone, after all.

inner_fire

2015-07-29 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

"It's too quiet," Jono murmured, after a long silence. It had taken him about that long to realize that being stripped of his telepathy worked both ways. "It's too bloody quiet, Hannibal. Can't you- I mean I can't hear... it's..."

The hand on his chest was grabbing at his face, now. He could breathe. He could speak.

"Not again, not again, not again..."

Breathing and speaking were a few steps down on his list of priorities at the moment.

Edited at 2015-07-29 02:42 pm (UTC)

never_dull

2015-07-29 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hannibal sat up and took both Jono's hands in his, speaking slowly and soothingly. "Calm." He brought one of Jono's hands to his chest. "Feel my heartbeat. Listen to my voice. You are still yourself, still Jonothon Starsmore in Fandom. This is the island; you know that the things it does are only temporary." He stroked Jono's hair back from his face. "You were female only last month, remember?"

inner_fire

2015-07-29 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Yes, but I wasn't deaf." The words came out more harshly than Jono had intended, and he shut his eyes and drew in a breath. It didn't calm him terribly much, but at least the almost unfamiliar sensation was distracting enough to let him stop thinking about the silence that was ringing through his skull. He exhaled, and then drew in another breath before looking down at his hands. "... They're still my hands."

That bit was new.

never_dull

2015-07-29 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

"You're not deaf now," Hannibal noted. "Only, I presume, 'headblind' as Emma would call it. And you are still very much yourself." He smirked and ran a finger down Jono's nose. "Albeit some parts of you seem somewhat less prominent when balanced."

inner_fire

2015-07-29 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Jono was just about to voice an argument about semantics when Hannibal ran his finger down his nose. That argument died in his throat, then, as he went the slightest bit cross-eyed to compensate.

"I... what?"

Your nose, Jono. He was talking about your beaky, beaky nose.

never_dull

2015-07-29 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hannibal chuckled. "Your nose doesn't look so large with a face beneath it to balance it out." He eyed Jono's face thoughtfully. "Although with the rest of your face under them, those cheekbones...I believe I may have competition."

Keeping Jono off-balance and thinking of particulars would hopefully give his mind a chance to catch up past the panic.

inner_fire

2015-07-29 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Jono's brain was just catching up to the fact that Hannibal was telling him he had a large nose when he went and started talking about his cheekbones, which meant that he had to double back and try to sort out where that had come from, next. He blinked a few times, and then attempted a grin that was still a little too shaky to be confident.

"What, you're too used to being the only one in the house who could cut glass with his malars if he had a mind to?"

For the record, he was still not considering this a good wake-up call. But at least his breathing was starting to even out a little.

"Somebody's got to keep you on your toes, you know."

never_dull

2015-07-29 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Hm. Well, I suppose I can cope with it if I must." Hannibal smiled back and wrapped his arms around Jono. Now that he might actually hear it, he said again, "this is the island. You know that its whims are always only temporary."

inner_fire

2015-07-29 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

"I suppose they are," Jono agreed, burying his face in Hannibal's shoulder and pulling in another deep breath.

... Okay, that part was nice. He smiled faintly at that thought in spite of himself as he wrapped his arms around Hannibal in turn.

"That doesn't mean I have to like them."

Which would probably have been a more convincing sulk if he didn't follow it up with a playful nip at Hannibal's earlobe like that.

never_dull

2015-07-29 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hannibal chuckled. "There are at least some advantages." He leaned in for a kiss. "Coffee?"

inner_fire

2015-07-29 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh. My. The kissing was good, too. Jono quite happily kissed Hannibal back before leaning back again and smiling a little more.

"You really do know your way around me, don't you?"

Interpret that however you like, Hannibal.

But, preferably, interpret that as a 'yes' to the coffee while you were at it.

never_dull

2015-07-29 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hannibal smiled. "Come along, then." He slid out of bed and pulled Jono after him. "Let's have coffee and breakfast, and we can try to figure out what the island is up to."

inner_fire

2015-07-29 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Jono let Hannibal pull him to his feet, swayed just slightly before adjusting to just how off his center of balance was, and then glanced toward the mirror.

...

"Whoa."

He looked good.

He also looked tired.

It was an interesting combination.

"... Breakfast sounds like an excellent plan," he added, looking back Hannibal's way. "Sorry. Bit distracted for a moment there."

never_dull

2015-07-29 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Perfectly understandable," Hannibal answered. He left Jono at the mirror to get acquainted with himself and went to pull two robes from the closet (dark blue plaid for him, black on black plaid for Jono; he found his fun where he could get it).

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