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The crunch of leaves and sticks beneath his boots is echoed by Lina's steps just behind, the two forming a cadence that never quite matches up. Unbalanced to match the strange seed of anxiety Zelgadis has about this whole thing.

It's not that he's in any position to turn down the help, but this is -- unusual. After he, Gourry and Amelia help Lina defeat whatever horrible Monster has it in for her this time, Zelgadis goes off alone. To look for his cure, of course. He never asked any of the others to go with him, and they'd never offered. That was how it went.

Now, the speeding set of footfalls behind him are systematically ending years of routine with each twig-snap. (And why does she sound impatient even when she's just walking?)

The difference is obvious, of course. This time he's setting out knowing that there's nothing to find, if Rezo was to be believed. Zelgadis' quest should be over, but -- no. Too many years and miles have been invested to give up that easily, and Zelgadis is far too stubborn to just accept this, no matter what Rezo said. He couldn't possibly know that there wasn't some dusty scroll in a long-forgotten cavern somewhere... even if he was probably the most knowledgeable source on Chimera short of perhaps the Clair Bible and had no reason to lie...

As his thoughts turn darker, he ignores Lina and just presses forward. But he doesn't, for one instant, forget she's there. Nor does he expect the respite of silence to continue for long.

((OOC: I was going for post Evo-R but if you want another canon point I can adjust! I will try to remember to prose but forgive me if I forget here and there ^^;;))
blowstuffup: (Whatevs)
From: [personal profile] blowstuffup
We can just excuse it as AU if I mess up or sth.

Lina was never the type to give up hope on much of anything, even if she'd never say it out loud. Saccharine cheer-leading was always more of Amelia's forte than Lina's, and it was obvious why - even if it did bring the occasional welcomed smile on Zelgadis's face, it was always fleeting. Lina wasn't stupid. Short-sighted, maybe...but it's not like it took a genius to see what was on Zel's mind.

She didn't hide the fact that she was staring into his back. She knew as well as he did that this quest out would most likely bear no fruit. She claimed she was coming along to plunder ("another man's trash is this woman's treasure!" --or something), but honestly...as much as Zelgadis probably wanted to be alone when facing disappointment...he shouldn't be.

Ugh. Though why did everything have to be so quiet? So boring!!!

"Hey." Lina finally spoke up over the crunch of their footsteps. "Hey, Zel." She shortened her gait, increasing her pace a bit to catch up with him. "Hey."

Date: 2013-02-27 03:46 pm (UTC)
blowstuffup: (Psh Please)
From: [personal profile] blowstuffup
Oh! Well, that response came a little quicker than usual! Her influence must be more pervading than she'd originally thought! Good, good! Her initial response to him is a wide, lewd smile.

Now the choice: whine about being hungry, or being bored? Looking around, it was pretty easy to see which one would be more easily remedied. There weren't any eateries around. As far as the eye could see, it was forest and meadow...not even a stream to catch fish, like the old times. Huh. Pity.

That only leaves one option! "I'm bored!" She leaned her upper torso forward, drawing out the word for emphasis. "Let's play a game!"

Best idea or BEST IDEA?

Date: 2013-02-27 04:27 pm (UTC)
blowstuffup: (Flatstare)
From: [personal profile] blowstuffup
Would there be a fireball to the face, Zel? Would there? Sure, her hair is white, and her power is probably all but zilch...but who needs a fireball when a tight fist to the back of the head usually does the trick?

Luckily (for him), his answer left Lina plenty of wiggle room. If she didn't know better, it was as though he was begging her to play a game! "This'll help the time pass more quickly, duh!"

She skipped a few steps and walked ahead of Zelgadis, balled fists planted firmly on her hips. "Though now I gotta figure out which game to play--" She glances over her shoulder with a good-natured smile. "Whattaya say? Any requests?"

Suggest 'The Quiet Game' at your own peril, Zel.

Date: 2013-02-28 06:15 pm (UTC)
blowstuffup: (Grinny Grin)
From: [personal profile] blowstuffup
W o w. Lina did not expect that answer. When did you become so surprising, Zel? She's quite content with that answer, because who doesn't love the opportunity to brag talk about one's self?

"Heheh~" Her laugh is drawn out, and could only be described as tauntingly sinister. "Well, since you picked, obviously you get to ask first!" Out of the goodness of her own heart, right there.

But really, she's gonna make you buy into this, whether you like it or not! After all! When's the last time they embarked on a quest, just the two of them?!

Date: 2013-02-28 07:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blowstuffup
Lina nearly tripped over herself at the question. Did he really just..?! HOW WAS SHE SUPPOSED TO KNOW THAT?! Sure, she prided herself in being well-traveled but...she was going to have to scramble to come up with something other than 'stupid I dunno!!' or this game would fizzle out pretty quickly.

"Hmm..." She tried to give it some thought. "I guess it depends on whether we're talking about contents or the building itself..." She brought a crooked knuckle to rest of her chin as she mulled it over for a minute. "...for structure alone, I'd say the royal library in Seiyruun is mighty impressive." If she could get away with taking even a square inch of that guilded interior..."Though you know better than I do that its contents aren't much to write home about."

Is this the sorta thing he really wanted to talk about? Hey, if it'd start a conversation with him, there really wasn't a topic that was off-limits.

Date: 2013-02-28 07:18 pm (UTC)
blowstuffup: (Psh Please)
From: [personal profile] blowstuffup
Lina is still deep in thought, not taking (much) notice to Zelgadis's characteristic sulking. "...hm...if I had to go for sheer volume of texts, though..."

He didn't know about...that place, right?

"...Zelfielia probably has the biggest collection I've ever seen." Which could explain her prolific knowledge of spells and all things magic. If she bothered to ever detail the process of her tutelage. "It'd probably take something around ten years or so to get through everything there."

Date: 2013-02-28 07:33 pm (UTC)
blowstuffup: (Super Serial)
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Whoa, there, Bessie! Lina's pacing screeched to a sudden halt at Zelgadis's sudden latching onto the topic. What's the big deal?! Rarely did Zelgadis take such staunch interest in much of anything--

--it just had to be there, didn't it? Of all places..."...you don't...seriously wanna go there, do you?"

She understood the need to leave no stone un-turned, but really? Did he actually want to start there? She knew he was desperate but...

Date: 2013-02-28 07:43 pm (UTC)
blowstuffup: (Beckon)
From: [personal profile] blowstuffup
Quick! Abort! Abort!! Lina had to give a reason, come up with something to sway him...

"B-but it's so old and run-down..! N-nobody really uses it anymore, everything's so out-dated..!" No, she isn't flailing. There's a gnat she's trying swipe away, honest.

"Wouldn't it make sense to...I dunno...try..." Quick, Lina! "Somewhere else?!"

Mental facepalm.

Date: 2013-02-28 07:54 pm (UTC)
blowstuffup: (Whatevs)
From: [personal profile] blowstuffup
He was wrong. So, so wrong. Anywhere was better than there!! What if someone recognized her?! Not that anyone could possibly remember her...after all, she wasn't Luna, but...

...but when did anything ever work out her way? When did it really? Besides, if they were headed to the library, she would surely be spotted! It was one of the few places where she was known!

...m...maybe if they just avoid the restaurant...

Lina let out a long, drawn-out, grumbly sigh. "Fine." They had a good several hours before they'd get there, anyway. Surely she'd devise a plan before then.

Date: 2013-02-28 08:20 pm (UTC)
blowstuffup: (Flatstare)
From: [personal profile] blowstuffup
Ugh. Every dry word out of that man's mouth was tinged with irony that he was all too blissfully ignorant of. She begrudgingly kicked at the ground with the heel of her boot.

"There aren't that many places to eat...that're that good..." And the good one was simply out of the question. Besides! If she went to her family's competitors and they found out..! They'd put her on a spit and roast her!

But here she is, following him for a change. How backwards is this?! Xelloss The gods must be yucking it up real good right about now...

Date: 2013-03-02 06:05 am (UTC)
blowstuffup: (Tsundere)
From: [personal profile] blowstuffup
"Oh my gooooods, nothing happened!" Lina scoffed with haughty indignation. "It's just a really crappy place to be in, ok?! The inns have bed-bugs, the water's always served luke-warm, the men are smelly and the girls are noisy!"

...it...wasn't a lie, considering...

It's just..! Lina was coming along to help Zelgadis out, like a favor or something like that. (She honestly hadn't quite figured out what she'd call it, really.) So! Why were they having to go back to that wretched place?! She's trying to be nice, powers that be! Doesn't that earn her something of a break?!

Date: 2013-04-01 06:17 pm (UTC)
blowstuffup: (Grumbly)
From: [personal profile] blowstuffup
Erk. Backfire.

Lina shoved a giant sigh out of her lungs, making quite the scene over her objection. "FINE. But we're only spending a day there, you got it? No spending the night or any of that crap!"

Grumbling, Lina paced ahead of him. "...no way in hell am I subjecting myself to those flea-bitten, dirty, lumpy pillows..."


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