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Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, Late Tuesday Night/Early Wednesday Morning
The ice hotel was lovely. It really was. Jono had quickly adapted to the idea of sleeping while being stared at by ice wolves, and the silence, both physical and psionic, was doing wonders for his nerves. The room wasn't even all that cold. Below freezing, yes, but there were more than enough blankets, and the shared body heat made sleeping easy enough.

Really, Jono had only one complaint, and it was the same complaint he'd had for a long while, rearing its ugly head again. Yes, it was late. Yes, he had been so bloody close to sleeping, which was saying a hell of a lot considering the ghosts that always lurked just at the edges of his consciousness. But, lord, it had been far too bloody long, apparently, since he had gone to bed with his wrappings on, and while he didn't care much for the idea of, oh, accidentally melting their bed or anything, they were more uncomfortable to lay around in than he remembered.

He sat up, ignoring the crisp cold on his arms as he shimmied out from under the blankets, and started tugging at his bandages here and there, hoping to at least alleviate the discomfort somewhat. Maybe they were just too tight, or they were aggravating his injuries from the weekend or something.

[OOC: For that guy! NFB for distance!]


2015-12-23 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hannibal shifted to let him out, then watched as Jono fidgeted with his wrappings. He could appreciate the sentiment in this case - he was wearing quite a bit more to sleep in than he preferred, too - but his clothes were hardly the same. He reached out one hand to catch Jono's. "Why not simply take them off?" he asked.


2015-12-23 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

//Because...// Jono looked down at the hand that had caught his own, and then looked Hannibal's way. //Because we've got translucent walls and a room made of ice. I suppose it just felt... risky? Risky. On a few different levels.//

Not that he was going to melt the room. He was still a bit iffy about the prospect of somebody crashing in, wondering why there was so much fire so close to meltable artwork.


2015-12-23 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

"I haven't seen any light from outside through the walls, have you?" Hannibal asked. "Only the door should be of any concern, and only if somebody happens to walk by." Unlikely at this hour, though not outside the realm of possibility.


2015-12-23 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Jono was silent for a second, and then, a little awkwardly, he nodded. Hannibal was right enough, he couldn't deny that.

//And it isn't as though I can't just keep an ear out for people coming by, so to speak,// he allowed, and then reached with his free hand to slip two fingers under the top edge of his wrappings, over his cheek. A tongue of yellow-orange flame peeked out, dancing around his hand. //Worrying is a difficult habit to break, I suppose.//


2015-12-23 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Of course," Hannibal said. He smiled. "But unnecessary at the moment. Particularly as quiet as it is." He stroked Jono's hand as the flames started to show. "And I am looking forward to looking at you."


2015-12-23 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Jono fell into a brief silence at that, just absorbing that statement, that smile. It was hardly the first time Hannibal had shared that particular sentiment, and he knew that it was genuine. It was still an almost alien concept to him; somebody wanting to look at all of what he was, to see him right down to his very core. It always took a few moments of processing time, when he was faced with it.

His hand paused for a few seconds, and then he tilted his head slightly at Hannibal.

//Help me with them...?//


2015-12-23 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hannibal nodded and slid from the sleeping bag and blankets, letting as little of the cold air in as possible. He reached for the end of the bandages and kissed Jono's temple as he took it. "After you."


2015-12-23 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Jonothon gave Hannibal a grateful glance, a brush of silent gratitude for the assist as he started to unwind the leather covering his face. Immediately, between the cool air and the lack of wrappings pressing in around him from every direction, Jono felt relief. Enough that he stopped caring whether or not anybody was going to walk by their door, he needed out. He was smothering in there.

If he hadn't only brought along a finite number of bandages, there was a good chance that he'd be tearing them off, just then.


2015-12-23 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hannibal rolled the bandages carefully as Jono unwound them, letting his own calm and presence bolster him. If there was a hint of pride there, perhaps he could be forgiven; from where Jono had been even last year, reaching the point where he was more comfortable unwrapped was an achievement.


2015-12-23 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

It was. It was huge. Jono was developing this weird love/hate relationship with his own naked body. The sort that still saw him looking at himself in the mirror in disgust, shame, sometimes even fear... but there was a strange sort of pride about it that hadn't been there before. He resented his body for so many of the things that it had cost him. And at the same time couldn't deny everything that his powers had done for him, too. He probably wouldn't ever think of himself as beautiful the same way Hannibal seemed to, but he was growing more comfortable in his own skin than he had ever thought possible.

//Know that feeling, like taking a deep breath after holding it for a few beats too long?//

That was a little bit what this sort of relief felt like. Jono unwound his wrappings more quickly still, falling into an easy rhythm. If it was cold in the room, he was going to ignore that, at least for a few moments more.


2015-12-23 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hannibal obligingly took a deep breath, letting Jono share that feeling if he wanted to. "Relief and relaxation. It's freeing." He kept his eyes on Jono, both his face and his flames, as he uncovered himself.


2015-12-23 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

//It's freeing,// Jono echoed, closing his eyes momentarily as Hannibal inhaled. That. That. He almost would have whimpered at the sensation he was picking up from Hannibal, if only he was able. //I...//

He opened his eyes again, looking back at the man who was looking so intently at him.

//I never used to think of this as freeing. I'm not completely certain what the hell happened to change that.//


2015-12-23 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

"You're becoming more at home in your own skin, and your own flames," Hannibal answered. "Being so wrapped up has never been physically comfortable, but you've ignored that for the feeling of psychological comfort. The less you need the latter, the more attention you can pay to the former." Not that Jono didn't know this, but Hannibal doubted he'd articulated it quite that way yet.


2015-12-23 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

//Well, the former is a pain in the bloody neck,// Jono muttered, wrinkling his nose a little and then leaning his head one way, then the other, stretching a little. The air was still cold on newly bare skin, and he still had a bit of unwinding to go - it wasn't exactly a quick and simple task to wrap oneself so extensively in leather bindings - but just having his face and shoulders free was a huge relief on its own. //The latter... I can't really complain about the latter.//

Feeling comfortable. That was... new.


2015-12-23 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

"I should hope not," Hannibal said. He had, after all, worked diligently towards it. He waited patiently while Jono stretched. "Perhaps a massage later, in the sauna."

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