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memeswearhouse ([personal profile] memeswearhouse) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2012-05-05 11:11 pm


the i n s o m n i a meme

It happens to everyone - sometimes, you have nights where you just can't fall asleep, no matter what you do. It could be for a number of reasons, or no reason at all. And this is what's happened now: you've been laying in bed for what feels like hours, just tossing and turning, and nothing seems to help. So what's left to do? Get out of bed and go wake someone else up, of course. If you're not getting any sleep, then why should they?

i n s t r u c t i o n s

• Post with your character (note the name and fandom in the subject).
• Other people reply to you by generating a number from 1 to 10.
• Have fun!

o p t i o n s

01 • FEAR. Maybe you're hearing strange, indeterminable noises; maybe there's a severe storm happening outside; maybe you watched a scary movie before bed? Whatever the reason, you're terrified and it's keeping you awake. You just want to wake someone else up so they can protect you from the monster in your closet.
02 • HUNGER. Your stomach is growling and it just won't stop. Or perhaps your throat is so dry you could cough up a tumbleweed? Well, you've gone to the kitchen to remedy this and hey, that was a pan that just dropped on the floor. It was loud enough to wake the dead! Oops.
03 • PAIN. Your body is completely worn out, be it from exercise, battle, sickness, or what have you. Either way you're in enough pain to keep you from sleeping, so maybe someone else has a home remedy or something, or can at least help you take your mind off of it.
04 • SOLITUDE. For some reason, your bed just feels so empty at the moment. You're feeling terribly lonely and really just want someone to keep you company for a while. Maybe it'd be easier to fall asleep if you're with them...
05 • DISCOMFORT. Your room is an oven. Either that or a freezer. Or maybe this bed is just really uncomfortable? Who knows why you can't get to sleep, it feels like it could be anything. Why even bother trying? Maybe someone else can preoccupy you until you feel tired enough to ignore your discomfort.
06 • PENSIVE. Something's on your mind, and no matter how hard you try to focus elsewhere, it's just not going to work. Your body may be tired, but your mind is incredibly busy and it's virtually impossible to get to sleep. Surely, talking it out with someone else will help?
07 • SADNESS. Something terrible has happened that day, perhaps; or you could just be severely depressed. Either way you're trying your hardest not to cry yourself to sleep, and it's not working at all. Better find a way to get it out of your system somehow; you need a shoulder to cry on.
08 • ANGER. You are just... fuming. Who knows why - that annoying dog is barking again, or maybe the people next door are getting busy and keeping you awake. Whatever the reason for your ire is, you'd better put an end to it so you can get some damn rest already! Go wake up a friend so you can complain to them.
09 • RESTLESS. You're far too energetic to sleep right now. Maybe you're just trying to do so out of necessity - you have to be up early tomorrow! But you just don't think you'll be able to fall asleep for a while now, so why waste the time trying to sleep when you could be doing something else? Namely bothering someone else - you're totally jealous because they're getting more sleep than you.
10 • WILDCARD. Choose one of the options above, or make up your own scenario.

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Tifa Lockheart/Final Fantasy VII

[personal profile] more_than_words 2012-05-06 07:45 am (UTC)(link)

4; i hope this is ok!

[personal profile] shrugs_a_lot 2012-05-07 03:54 pm (UTC)(link)
[It had really been a long night, the more he tried the more he failed at getting any sleep. It was alright, he was somehow used to it since... since he could remember at least. But that night, something was different, it wasn't the usual restless night that haunted him, it wasn't the thought of Sephiroth what was keeping him awake. It was something else, something he couldn't quite put his finger on...

As comfortable as this inn's bed was, it felt ... lonely to be there. Since when had he become such a wimp?

Getting off his bed and going out of his room, he decided to patrol a little. He went from room to room in case there was anything wrong. Although he avoided Barret's, it was obvious he was sleeping like a bear if his snoring could be heard from the corridor... Then he got to Tifa's room. He didn't knock, but simply poked his spiky head inside. Everything looked fine, and Tifa seemed to be sleeping deeply... Wasn't she? Huh, better check out. Approaches to her and observes close.]
more_than_words: (take my hand)


[personal profile] more_than_words 2012-05-08 05:25 am (UTC)(link)
{living in the slums and living with a little child that sometimes had nightmares, Tifa was a light sleeper. Usually the door opening would have been enough to wake her up. It was Cloud though and as strangely normal as he found it to let himself into her room in the middle of the night without even knocking, her subconscious apparently saw seeing that as strange just as - strange. So she slept through his check and she slept through his approach, body all but boneless on her side, one hand loose over the edge of the bed. There was only just so much a girl could sleep through however, no matter how comfortable she was with someone and how exhausting the day had been and Cloud's observing at close range finally had instincts kicking back in and her eyes, blurry wine and blinking, opening, hazily wondering what had woken her -


Tifa was jerking up and backward so fast she almost lost her balance, one hand coming dangerously close to accidentally popping Cloud in the chin as she reacted to waking up to find a figure looming over her in the darkness. It was telling that sound only came after her brain had caught up and recognized the glow of blue eyes in the dark.}

Cloud {it was a whispered hiss before the concern overrode it and she was scooting back toward him again, ready to swing her legs off the bed and get up, already starting to worry.} Is something wrong?

[personal profile] shrugs_a_lot 2012-05-08 09:44 pm (UTC)(link)
[Oh, shi--That hand of hers barely brushes him, he steps back a step or two, just in case.

Shakes his head rapidly, before she gets up or something.]

No. Just... [Just what?] I, hmm, couldn't sleep. That's all.
more_than_words: (I am nearly there)

[personal profile] more_than_words 2012-05-08 10:25 pm (UTC)(link)
{the head shake stops her but it's his words that have her going still, face changing and going softer as she focuses on him as best she can in the dark room.

They all have reasons to have sleepless nights but she can't help but wonder if Cloud might have more reasons than all of them put together. Without words, she shifts over on the bed, folding pajama clad legs under her as she pats the bed in invitation. She doesn't ask why he can't sleep though. All she offers instead is:}

It was a long day, wasn't it?

[personal profile] shrugs_a_lot 2012-05-08 10:32 pm (UTC)(link)
[Huh... Takes a second before accepting the invitation, but he ends up sitting on the little offered space. It wouldn't hurt, right?]


[A beat.]

Sorry I woke you.
more_than_words: (and though at times)

[personal profile] more_than_words 2012-05-09 11:37 pm (UTC)(link)
{it won't hurt. Tifa will scoot over so they can sit companionably side by side, stealing a pillow along the way to wrap her arms loosely around and rest her chin on top of. It's her turn to shake her head though.}

No. It's okay. I don't mind. {her own pause before she adds a bit softer:} I'm glad you did.

{it feels nice to be needed and to know Cloud's comfortable enough to come find her like this.}

I'm kind of surprised that we haven't been blacklisted from every inn on the continent though with the way Barret snores.

[personal profile] shrugs_a_lot 2012-05-09 11:49 pm (UTC)(link)
We should get him an orthopedic pillow.

[There wasn't a way to know if he was joking or not, maybe he was.]

You should, he'd probably try to choke me with it.
more_than_words: (of cloudless climes)

it's true! though... it's usually my pets but still -

[personal profile] more_than_words 2012-05-10 12:07 am (UTC)(link)
{Barret's her friend and so she should probably be defending him or something. She should probably not be trying to hide a smile against the edge of her pillow. Her reply is properly indignant though, even if it's still barely above a whisper.}

He would not! {a beat and then her eyes shift to look at him from their edges.} He'd try to smother you. It's entirely different. {Gentle, she bumps up lightly against his shoulder with her own before straightening again and her voice is softer as she guesses:} You checked on everybody, didn't you?
Edited 2012-05-10 00:09 (UTC)

[personal profile] shrugs_a_lot 2012-05-10 12:36 am (UTC)(link)
[It is his time to actually chuckle a little, and in that process, he seems to relax, allowing himself to get a little more comfortable as he leans against the headboard. It was unconscious, that peaceful feeling that being around someone gave him, but the fact that it was Tifa probably helped a little more.

He gives a little nod before answering.]

Yeah, I did.
more_than_words: (it wraps us up in its cocoon)

[personal profile] more_than_words 2012-05-10 01:15 am (UTC)(link)
{that quiet sound from him might as well trigger her triumphant stretch, she counts it such an important accomplishment. She stays still instead but her smile, still half hidden by the pillow, grows a bit more glowing to match the warmth in her chest.}

You're a good leader. {it's said less as a compliment and more as a simple statement of pride. And she is. He's come a long way from the careless mercenary she found at the train station who claimed he couldn't even be bothered care what anyone's names were. He's still confusing though... She's not going to let it steal the peaceful way this moment feels though and so she pushes, again, the worries to the back of her mind and focuses on simply enjoying the fact that everyone's together and safe and she has quiet moments of contentment like this with him.}

We could tell Barret we're equipping him with a magic item. The Pillow of Silence. I'm pretty sure the rest of the team would back us up on it.

[personal profile] shrugs_a_lot 2012-05-10 02:58 pm (UTC)(link)
[Tifa's statement makes him look down at her for a moment. Was he really? It wasn't like he didn't appreciate the vote of confidence that Tifa always gave him, but sometimes he couldn't help but wonder. He had no idea of what he was doing, all he knew was that they had to stop Sephiroth before things got worse, that was for sure. He had never considered himself as the leader of the group, even if both Tifa and Aerith had addressed him as such. If anything, Barret would probably do a better job at it.

But he wasn't about to say that aloud.]

Wouldn't you miss it, though? Barret snoring.
more_than_words: (how dear)

[personal profile] more_than_words 2012-05-10 10:49 pm (UTC)(link)
{if he asked, Tifa would tell him that, to her, being a good leader means taking care of your team and watching over them - both of which Cloud does with a diligence that often seemed both subconscious and almost driven. Tifa knows she isn't the only one that feels safer whenever he's nearby. He'd have to ask for her to say any of that though and it's always easier because he doesn't and so she doesn't answer and neither one of them have to tread too close to personal emotions that way.

His question has her turning her head to look at him curiously though. He has a way of asking the strangest questions sometimes, coming at things from an entirely different angle.}

Maybe. A little. It's been a long time since I've slept anywhere quiet. Not when we're camping though. Tent walls aren't as good at blocking sound as real walls are. {teasing. maybe. a little.} Don't tell me you're getting used to the sound.

[personal profile] shrugs_a_lot 2012-05-10 11:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Well... [How could he explain without it sounding... weird?] If he's able to sleep without a care in the world, maybe things are... not as bad.

[If Barret was the one with insomnia, it would surely mean that a giant rock from the sky would imminently fall on them, or something ominous like that. Perhaps he was being a tiny bit envious of Barret's ability to sleep no matter what was going on with the world, without having to wake up in the middle of the night from some weird dream, or having a little voice telling him to wake up because he wasn't even sleeping to begin with, but had passed out...

And there he was, letting his train of thought go a little too far again.]

Sounds stupid, doesn't it? [Says, as he rubs the bridge of his nose, looking perhaps a little tired.]
more_than_words: (to gaudy day denies.)

[personal profile] more_than_words 2012-05-11 12:23 am (UTC)(link)
{she turns her head to listen, cheek resting against the pillow as she watches him. Every now and then she experiences the uncomfortable startle of realizing that she doesn't know him the way she thinks she does. It's made her start making it a point to carefully listen whenever he talks, no matter how strange what he's saying may seem. He doesn't sound strange this time though and her smile is quiet, eyes softening.}

That's not stupid at all, Cloud. {her voice matches the smile, soft and quiet in the dark and almost she wants to reach out and stroke his hair, offering her own understanding. Things are scary. No matter how much they try to pretend they're not. She's scared sometimes too and when she looks at it that way, she can understand finding Barret's snoring comforting. Grounding. Instead of that though, she nudges him a little, offering the other pillow to prop behind him for comfort. He takes care of them, but who takes care of him?}

It's important to remember that things aren't as bad as they seem sometimes, isn't it? From now on, when I hear Barret snoring I'll remember that too.