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An Attempt At Relaxing

Post by Axel The Bunny on Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:37 pm

Cain sat in the coffee shop, attempting to unwind and simply get his mind off of the many issues that had been coming out of nowhere these past few days. Naturally he sat at a table against the back wall, no way for somebody to approach him unseen. Many of the people hanging out in the cafe seemed to be off duty teens from the legion. There were a few glances and even confused looks when he had first entered the cafe today.

Some people were still staring, as if they expected him to be here on business of some kind. It wasn't unjustified, Cain wasn't seen often in places like this. A few people saw him glance in they're direction and seemed to try to move out of sight, probably they think he is here waiting to bust somebody for something. Cain wouldn't have been here at all if it weren't for the  fact August and Andrea had kept pestering him about needing to relax more often.

The two did have a point, though Cain hated to admit it. He hardly ever did anything outside of training and praetor business. Eventually people decided he probably wasn't there for them and went back to socializing. What am I even doing here? It's a waste of time. Cain thought as he took a bite of the sandwich he had ordered.

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Post by Essy on Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:45 pm

Earphones and an iPod shuffle would have been appropriate for Kyain as she roamed about. Sadly, she seemed to mess up any kind of technology there was. What a surprise. Not to mention the fact that she couldn't even afford one. Thank the gods for her guitar. She thought of the notebook inside her small backpack, slung across her shoulder. She should work on her music..

Eventually she got tired of doing nothing in hot weather. Naturally, the only place close to her was the cafe. Plus, she had money, and she could work there. Sighing in relief, she entered, getting a blast of cool air. She walked over to the counter and slid some money across. "Iced tea, please."

She received her order, and looked around for a place to sit. Voices inside her head as usual..but one seemed to talk louder than others. "Ugh," she muttered, swiveling her head to content the voice. Her eyes widened as she met the eyes of the praetor. Biting her lower lip, she looked back the other way. Worse, almost every table and chair was taken except for the one across him. Gritting her teeth, she thought of just getting out of there.

It was weird these days. Every time she saw Cain, she just felt..different. It's because of the pain, she concluded. It was because he had gone through more pain than others, which isn't surprising. She was only drawn to that pain, nothing more.

So why did she doubt it?

Sighing, she took the table next to him. She wasn't going to give up this heaven only because of him. No way. She tried her best to avert her gaze, taking out the notebook. Her eyes sneaked up, despite her will.
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Post by Axel The Bunny on Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:12 pm

Cain noticed somebody walk in, a person he recognized from the legion. It was a girl from the fifth if he was remembering correctly. her name was maybe, Kate? no Kyain, that was it. It was strange though because she seemed to be looking at him.

Cain's mind instantly assessed her, taking into account her potential weight, and height. As well as any potential weapons, though he knew better than to expect weapons in the city. Terminus was wouldn't have let her cross into the city otherwise.

Cain also realized she wasn't a likely threat, still it made him raise an eyebrow when she sat down nearby. Then she seemed to take something out, a notebook by the look of it. "Writing anything interesting?"

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Post by Essy on Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:11 am

Kyain instinctively became tense. "Music and stories...praetor." She cursed herself for being so smooth. And what was the 'praetor' at the end? She bit her lower lip again and forced herself to relax. It didn't help that he was that close to her- the voices just kept getting louder and louder. She couldn't help but be curious. What did he go though that made the voices go crazy like that? Forgetting her nervousness for a second, she looked at Cain openly. And she almost, almost asked. Fortunately, she didn't. She cursed mentally a second time. This could get dangerous, if she started to try and find out people's pasts. And she had enough of that, thank you very much. "I haven't seen you here before," she commented.
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Post by Axel The Bunny on Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:35 pm

"neither have they" Cain said, gesturing towards some of the people who were staring at him. It wasn't surprising, Cain never appeared in a social environment, at least not without August and Andrea. "Do I seem like the type of person who hangs around coffee shops normally?" Cain asked, half joking.

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Post by Essy on Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:22 pm

Kyain grinned. "Nah, not really," she said, taking a sip of her tea. "Unlike me," she shrugged. It was true. She loved working in coffee shops.

"Let me guess. August forced you to come here." She raised an eyebrow. "Or Andrea, or both. It's written all over your face, like 'I have so much better things to do than be here.'"
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Post by Axel The Bunny on Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:23 am

"Honestly this is a waste of time, I never understood why people hang around these places." Cain said. He saw a few more people glance his way, a few were people obviously jealous of his position, people who had no clue the things a praetor had to deal with. Few understood the losses he had to take in order to gain his position, fallen comrades sometimes still appeared in his nightmares.

Being the praetor was not some game for enjoyment. It was a position he had to earn, one that originally he had never really cared for, but he knew that it was the best way he could help to serve Rome.

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Post by Essy on Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:05 pm

Kyain shrugged. "It's actually a great place to work, if you get lucky and come when there's not too much people." She looked at Cain. "You should come here more often, maybe." Instantly she knew that was a stupid comment. Why would the praetor even come here? "I mean.. never mind."

Sometimes she had to remind herself that Cain was human, too. The others thought he was invincible, strong, like a praetor should be. And he was strong. But he was a human, capable of being hurt. Both mentally and physically, though the latter seemed more possible. Lucky her, having voices that reminded her of this every moment she spent with him. You like him, don't you? A voice piped up inside her head suddenly. "Shut up," she said aloud.
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Post by Axel The Bunny on Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:57 pm

"I wasn't saying anything." Cain said, raising an eyebrow at the girl's words. She was a strange one, that was for certain. She seemed nice, though that was another thing that wasn't unusual for people when they talked to a praetor. Though she didn't come across as the boot-licking type who tried to move up in the ranks using words, rather than actions.

"So, what about you?" Cain asked, he liked to know people in the legion, it helped to know what a person's strengths and weaknesses were, especially with somebody as tactical as himself.

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Post by Essy on Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:42 pm

"Not you," Kyain grumbled, mentally kicking the voice. She rubbed her forehead. "It's just... the voices inside my head." She looked up, wondering if he had heard of her 'power/curse'. Maybe, since she was here for what, over 3 years? But then again, he was the praetor. He was busy.

"Well..." she hesitated. "I can sense pain." she shrugged, smiling a bit again. "And take it away. Something like that."
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Post by Axel The Bunny on Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:15 pm

Cain took the power into account, it could have several helpful uses, including the healing power, though the way she talked about it, it probably was more like shifting the pain from the other person to her.

The power could easily have strategic advantages, in a way she could sense people, but at the same time Cain also knew that it could be a curse, especially since she apparently wasn't able to turn it off. Voices in her head telling her about other people's pain.

"Sounds like it could be a blessing...or a curse."

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Post by Essy on Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:05 pm

Kyain smiled. "More like a curse," she said with only the slightest hint of bitterness. "Gives me some freakish headaches sometimes. That's probably why I'm not that useful in a full scale battle. Too much people in pain." she shrugged again. In truth, she hadn't talked about her powers like this to another. It wasn't much of a secret, but no one had really questioned her about it. She felt oddly vulnerable.
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Post by Axel The Bunny on Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:39 pm

"It would make you useless in a battle."Cain said, confirming what she had said. "but there are other ways that power could be used, if you think about it you have a kind of built-in radar." Cain said. Anyone could figure out how big of a tactical advantage something like that could be, at least in the right circumstances.

"So for something like scouting, for example." Cain paused to give the girl a chance to consider this, and so she could figure out for herself just how her powers could be an advantage to her and by extension, to Rome.

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Post by Essy on Thu Apr 03, 2014 11:03 pm

Kyain nodded. "Yeah, I've thought about that. But I would need to be alone, or with like one person or something. More people would mess it up." She felt a little uncomfortable of the prospect of being used, but she knew it was for a good purpose. She smiled to cover the uncertainty.
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