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you turn my ocean deepest blue ([personal profile] interjection) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2015-11-29 06:36 pm

Nursed Back to Health

Nursed Back to Health

  • Comment with your character, preferences, preferred role, and any information you'd like to include.
  • Your character has either been injured/sick and had to be taken in (possibly against their will) or has been the one to help somebody like the former. Through the mending process, the two characters in a thread have fallen in love - or at least grown closer and more affectionate.
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Sam Winchester | Supernatural

[personal profile] collegedropout 2015-12-01 06:20 am (UTC)(link)
[Down for all the healin' times. Sam's got the occupation for getting his shit wrecked.]
mikangirl: (come over here and say that fuckknuckle)

AUs this bitch up

[personal profile] mikangirl 2015-12-05 04:55 am (UTC)(link)
[Nami lives in a cabin, not so much in the middle of nowhere as just kind of out of the way. Maybe a twenty minute drive down the winding roads into the nearby town. It makes supply runs a pain in the ass, but that's far outweighed by the benefits. Privacy, for one. The view. Generally being annoyed by the human race is also a factor, but mostly given her line of work can cause trouble with more than a few factions, it's just easier this way. She lives with her sister, and Nojiko's been in town since early afternoon. It started pouring just before sundown. It's going to make the return home a little more treacherous, but she's not too worried. She makes herself a sandwich for dinner-- doesn't feel much like cooking until her sister gets home, and Nojiko's bringing home the majority of the food anyway-- and wanders through the cabin, checking the windows are closed against the wet outside.

Once it hits full dark, she huffs an irritated sigh (irritated, not concerned) and nudges the curtain aside to check hopefully for headlights. She's... not really expecting to see a hulking figure just standing out there in the rain, barely made out against the backdrop of light from the road.

That's far too tall to be Nojiko.

Well, she knows what the intelligent thing to do is.]


Hey! [She's out the front door a moment later, baseball bat hefted in hand.] What the hell do you think you're doing!?

[...possibly this isn't actually the intelligent thing.]
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[personal profile] collegedropout 2015-12-05 05:48 am (UTC)(link)
[The man doesn't know where he is. Really, he doesn't know anything at all — he feels the rain hitting him, assaulting his senses even more than they're already being terrorized by his own mind, and the cold makes his entire body tremble convulsively. Everything's in — fragments. He feels like he should go find someone, someone important; someone who'd help him know why everything hurts and spins and makes him want to scream out loud (but he shouldn't, because when Lucifer will find him, and then...)—

Someone bursts out from the swirling lights and mists and fire, voice distorted and shadow threatening. He flinches violently backward, arms up as if to defend himself. He hits a tree trunk rather harshly after staggering, something suspiciously close to a whimper or a choked cry of pain pulled out of him.

The best thing to do is make yourself small, he thinks.

He sits down, pulls his legs up close to his chest, and keeps his arms up to protect his head. The man's not sure why he does it, because it never stops the fire and ripping, wet skin. Up close, Nami could probably make out a few things, though a light may help: Caucasian. Raggedy, greasy locks of hair. Scars — from burns, or from blades — on his arms, his neck. Blood, though the rain is slowly leeching it from his face and clothing, which is tattered plaid and jeans. No shoes, feet wounded from the twigs and rocky terrain beyond the cabin. There's a watch that's cracked all over the screen on his wrist.

Every word sounds like it takes a lot of effort to string together into a sentence.]


Please — don't... cut...

[He trails off, teeth chattering.]
mikangirl: (fucks sake sam)

[personal profile] mikangirl 2015-12-05 06:10 am (UTC)(link)
[For such a tall shadow lurking in her front yard, Nami was expecting a multitude of possibilities-- anything from crazy forest hobos to enforcers for certain undesirable elements. Threatening or sinister and something to be dealt with before Nojiko walked back into a situation.

Nothing like this. He backpedals, practically slams into a tree, and the first thought she has is one of satisfaction-- yeah that's right, she's terrifying, you better back off-- but the whimper that follows freezes her in place, bat still hefted as she blinks, wondering if she heard correctly.

He curls up. It's a giant of a man and he's trying to make himself into a tiny ball under her tree, and the bat lowers very quietly in the rain. If this is some sort of attack on her property, it's a... very bizarre one. Crazy forest hobo might still be correct, but if that's the case--

He still needs help.]


Hey. Hey. It's-- [She cuts off suddenly, striding back to the front door to toss the bat inside and flick the outside lights on. He has to see she's not gonna hurt him, and she wants to see what she's...

...dealing with.

Oh, Christ.

......]


...I'm not gonna cut you. [She has to raise her voice a little to be heard, but her words are cautious and so is her approach, stopping just in front of him to crouch down. He's an utter mess, and that wrecked request makes so much more sense.] I won't hurt you at all.

But you should come in out of the rain.
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[personal profile] collegedropout 2015-12-05 07:20 am (UTC)(link)
[He doesn't trust it. It's not a voice he's heard used before, but it makes no difference, because Lucifer always knows just how to catch him off guard. He's been learning. When she says she's not going to cut him, he just braces himself even more for the first strike — grinds his teeth under his lips, jaw tense, thin almond-shaped eyes pinched.

Don't trust it. You're a captive. You're at their mercy.

The man shakes his head. There's the ghost of a burn scar across the bridge of his nose, a heavier one on the side of one jaw. Whatever had happened, it seems to have happened a long time ago. And yet he had blood on him.]


Can't.

[It's coughed out, rough.]

You step out of the rain, the fire's going to —

[He stops himself, as if it's too much to say, his hands rubbing spastically at his biceps in an almost-self-embrace. He's just barely coherent; to be expected when you're suddenly out of a cage that had kept you there... who knows how long.]

Rain's safe. Not f—fire.

[And okay, that verbal stumble is because it's freezing out here.

The rain is already flattening his hair well enough, clothes (well, what constitutes mildly as clothes) clinging and heavy on his broad shoulders. For someone who's so scarred and anxious, he's a big guy, arms muscular and chest puffed and sturdy. He would look healthy, if not for the stress lines and twisted marks left.]
mikangirl: (your explanation better be good)

[personal profile] mikangirl 2015-12-05 10:38 pm (UTC)(link)
[Great. A crazy, traumatised, bleeding wild animal of a man on her front doorstep who refuses to come in out of the rain. She's not strong enough to haul him, and she thinks it would be a bad idea even if she were with how skittish he is.]

There's no fire here. [She says it firmly, and it's true. It's not the weather for it, which is the only reason they can spare time out in the rain now. He won't get pneumonia in the next five minutes, at least.] And you won't burn if you come in out of the rain. Look, I'm not going to hurt you. Look at me! I'm tiny next to you.

[Never mind the whole baseball bat thing, okay. She hesitates to touch him, so she won't-- just moves her hand into his line of vision, palm open, not threatening.]

You'll get sick if you stay out here. Come inside and get dry. I have a first aid kit, I can... do something. [About the superficial stuff, anyway. She really needs to see him more clearly.]
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[personal profile] collegedropout 2015-12-06 10:39 am (UTC)(link)
[The man squints, nervous but trying to focus anyway. He can see orange — bright orange, and for a moment he just assumes it's the rippling flames that have gone out of focus. He can make out Nami's face a little through the thump-thump migraine that ripples his vision, and his stomach flip-flops over and over again. He pushes himself as flat as he can go against the tree, but he doesn't run away from Nami's hand. He just looks at it for a long moment, dazed.

What is he supposed to do? It's not real, it's not real, it's not real. It's just Lucifer. He's going to pluck him out of this, into the real terrors. The fiery pits and the racks and the chains that punch through skin. A shaky, scarred hand rises despite himself, though. Just... touching a hand. It seems like something a human being could do. Would do. He remembers it being a comfort. Before Lucifer bastardized it, it was comforting. He can't remember people who held his hand, though.

He presses his palm to hers and curls his fingers between her own, squeezing weakly. His hand's pretty big compared to hers, swallows hers up, but there's barely any power to it. He's tired, running on fumes, and even if he wanted to escape the torment that could come, he just — he has to accept it. At least it feels real and warm. It's kind of nice.

He closes his eyes and squares his shoulders.]


Go ahead.

Break it apart again.

[He's supposed to be brave. Somewhere in his mind, he always remembers that.

It doesn't seem like he heard her, in his own little delirious world.

But he's complaint; she could lead him off a cliff and he'd go.]
mikangirl: (I totally didn't die yesterday)

[personal profile] mikangirl 2015-12-07 01:10 am (UTC)(link)
[There's a moment when his fingers curl through hers, vastly dwarfing her own, that Nami wonders if this is the right course of action. What if his skittishness turns to violence? She threw the bat away. But he squeezes her hand and she reads the lack of strength there. Takes a breath. Squeezes gently back.]

I'm not going to break anything. [She pushes wet bangs away from her face with her free hand and considers what to do next. Maybe... take a step back? Pull his hand forward? See if he does anything with that.] Come on. It's...

...safer inside.

[Does that help? Maybe. She wants to know what happened. He's also familiar, but she's having a hell of a time placing him. Maybe when he's not doing his best impression of a drowned puppy on her front lawn.]
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[personal profile] collegedropout 2015-12-07 04:58 am (UTC)(link)
[There's no such thing as safe. Right? He blinks, doesn't bother to push his hair from his scarred face. There's a thick scar across an eyebrow, across his jaw — and small patches of shinier skin from burns, which is likely enough to tell her he has good reason to fear fire. Pulling his arm does nothing in the way of making him resist, or violent. He's unsteady on his feet but walks wherever she leads him, head bowed and heavy, wet bangs hanging in his face. Every step feels heavy and exhausted.

But he climbs the short amount of steps up the porch without prompting, just a gentle tug of the hand. There's no point in fighting where you're being put. There's just bracing for the pain, which is no doubt looming close. Now that he's had time to adjust, he's practically a human statue. Or a dummy made for weapons training. By the time he gets inside the cabin, he's dripping water all over under bare feet, but he does peek out beneath that brown curtain in front of his face.

Strange. It's... strange.

He wrings his hand against his opposing wrist, shivering in his mussed, ripped clothes.]


... It's nice... can't be real, though. It's not safe inside here. Anywhere.

[He smiles grimly. His hand hasn't released hers. He just sort of clings loosely.]
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mikangirl: (Is that Luffy in our fridge again)

[personal profile] mikangirl 2015-12-07 05:24 am (UTC)(link)
[She's much relieved he's so compliant, because god knows what her other options were. Well-- she could call someone. She should, but that can come later, once she's settled the nagging sensation that she knows him. If she does and she can't immediately place him, that puts him most likely on the supernatural side of the fence. And that means he'd probably appreciate she didn't call the authorities.

She'll work it out. Her mouth presses into a thin line at his words. Not safe anywhere, huh. She doesn't know how to read that other than as a warning, and once they're both inside she stops long enough to shut and bolt the front door.]


I'm going to get you a towel. And a blanket. [She steers him toward the sofa, patting the cushion. Sit. She's not gonna shove him down, that's his choice. But she does let go of his hand now, taking a step back to look at him in the light. Some of those injuries she can't do anything about. Others--]

Will you be okay here just a minute? Don't freak out or anything. I'll be right back.
collegedropout: (weh)

[personal profile] collegedropout 2015-12-07 05:37 am (UTC)(link)
[He looks at his hand for a moment, looking a little confused. Whatever he's confused about, he doesn't seem to want to voice it. Instead he just glances around, brow furrowed, leaving thin crescent wrinkles of concern on his forehead. He shivers violently even still, but it doesn't seem to get any reaction from him, as though he's used to the feeling.

And so, she vanishes. blinks, tries to focus. Everything hurts, but he's coped with it, learned how to make this level of pain 'normal'. There are always levels. He takes a few numb steps from the small seat, standing in front of a few pictures hanging on the walls. In one, there's — the fiery hair, but the face is young. She's with a girl a bit older than her. The man recognizes this as — siblings? Likely? Something in his chest hurts so bad, his hand moves over it. But nothing's hurt any different.

There's also some with a woman, older. Odd-colored, interesting shave. She seems rough around the edges, but she's smiling with the girls. Young. Mom, the man thinks. Another painful ping. Lucifer used to mock him about these things. His mind is too scrambled to remember the details, but he remembers the pain in his chest. He'd never have these things, he knows he thought. Maybe he had them before.

"Do you remember? Who's coming to get you, Sam?"

"No one."

"Good boy."
]
mikangirl: (ahehe)

[personal profile] mikangirl 2015-12-07 06:11 am (UTC)(link)
[Nami digs a clean soft towel from the linen press, drags the throw out from her own bed-- the weather's been warm, it's folded over on itself at the base of her bed and she's not going to need it any time soon. It's light enough it'll do the job without overheating him. She figures he's in shock.

While digging in the bathroom for the first aid kit, both items draped over her shoulder making everything awkward, she tries putting a call through to Nojiko.

She leaves a message in the end Her voice echoes through the cabin-- soft and hesitant and falsely cheerful on top, telling Nojiko if she hasn't left town yet to stay there, there is a situation, call her back. If something out there did this to the shell-shocked man in her living room, she'd rather her sister didn't find it first on the way back.

When she comes back, arms full of linen, she gives a small sigh that he hasn't just collapsed onto the couch. But she pads around the furniture, dumping the blanket down on the armrest.]


That's my family. My mother and sister. [She speaks casually. If he's curious about the pictures, that's a good sign, isn't it? For his mental state, she thinks.] We're pretty cute, huh?

[She holds out the towel once she has his attention.] Here.
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[personal profile] collegedropout 2015-12-07 06:27 am (UTC)(link)
... [He huffs a breath, lips twitching.] ... Yeah. Cute.

[When she says 'here', he doesn't really respond — just keeps staring, gnawing on his lip with a worried look on his face. The shivering persists.]

I think... I — I had that. Before. I think I did. Before the Cage.

[He's pretty sure, anyway.

"Who's coming to get y o u... S..."

Who? He rubs his forehead, head pounding. Hurts.]


This isn't real, though.
mikangirl: (oh yeah that isn't good)

[personal profile] mikangirl 2015-12-07 06:53 am (UTC)(link)
[That's the second time he's said that. Not real. But now she has more information-- a cage of some kind, and given the nature of his injuries she's starting to form an impression of what happened here.

It's kind of a right impression, as well as a vastly wrong one.]


So I'm a figment of your imagination? [She tries crooking a small smile, still holding the towel out to him.]

There's no cage here. Just a towel to dry off. I figured you'd want to do that part yourself, but if you don't feel up to it...

[Nami trails off. Memory loss and disassociation aren't good signs, and he really needs someone more qualified.]

Look. Is there someone I can call? You said you had that-- a family. Do you remember where they are?

[Who they are?]

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MEME CONTINUED.

[personal profile] collegedropout 2017-01-30 08:42 am (UTC)(link)
(x)

[He laughs softly as always.]

There's so much to do. Eat and sleep and be a person... Eating ice-cream...

[He squeezes her hand.]

I'm happy I have you around, or I wouldn't know where to start.
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I think we took it over

[personal profile] namisan 2017-02-01 09:41 am (UTC)(link)
Lucky I'm so bossy, huh? [Except ironically she hasn't really been bossy with Sam.] I'll help you choose, anyway.

[Idly she wonders if he's ever going to get himself together enough to want to leave. She's grown used to his presence now; there's no hurry. But some time in the future...

Gen is grumpy and casual and raises an eyebrow at Sam and asks how he's doing. His eyebrows go up at the idea of looking for work and he darts a curious look at Nami, but in the end he's agreeable about the idea of passing on that Sam's handy with repairs. So it's a start.

The library has, alas, lost the job opening, but Sandy is an old woman with a distinct stoop to her back and arthritic joints, and the suggested idea of a volunteer who's so tall and strong-looking makes her visibly brighten. She can't afford to pay two part timers, but "Kara will be getting married in June and she'll be leaving. If you're still here then, I'd be happy to take you on."

As long as he can do the work. Sam can have a trial run right now if he wants; there's a whole trolley of books that need to be put away.]
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[personal profile] collegedropout 2017-02-05 08:01 am (UTC)(link)
[For some reason, the sight of all these books lights something in him, illuminating his eyes. When he looks at Nami, it's with hesitant hopefulness and eagerness — something a bit of a new look on him. Even if he's ready to leap at it, there's still... something concerning him. And it's this:]

Are you... uh. It's not a paying job. I could find something that pays, instead...

[He just needs to make sure.]

I promise, I'll make money somewhere else, too. I can do it.
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[personal profile] namisan 2017-02-05 08:20 am (UTC)(link)
Relax. You're gonna try fixing things too, right? [Nami gives him a reassuring smile.] Wanting a paying job is great, but volunteering here won't take up a lot of your time. It'll give you something to do in the meantime, too.

[Yeah, she didn't miss the way he lit up. It's a good look, and she wants to keep it. To be honest, if the library can keep him propped up and looking after himself, she can go out and find the money herself.]

He'd be happy to take you up on it, Sandy!

...and if you want to stay and help put books away, I can come back in an hour.

[It'll give her time to go see her supposed landlord.]
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[personal profile] collegedropout 2017-02-08 10:43 am (UTC)(link)
[He nods, smiling fondly before moving with careful and focused steps toward the cart of books; Sandy is very sweet and impressed that he knows the system as if he'd worked in the library before — something she'll be sure to mention to Nami, too. She can't help but prod the orange-haired girl for any information she can —

"Poor boy, he's been through such an ordeal. But..." She frowns even more deeply. "What... do I call him?"

If he's going to work there, shouldn't he have... some kind of name, after all?]
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[personal profile] namisan 2017-02-09 05:13 am (UTC)(link)
[...huh. She should have figured out this puzzle piece with all his interest in the library, but. Putting that down, too. College education, maybe, or researcher, or librarian. Or just, y'know, someone who really likes libraries.]

I call him Mr Doe. [The obvious choice.] Until I find out his real name, anyway. [She lowers her voice a bit, hopefully out of earshot of the lanky man enthusiastically sorting through books.] Keep an eye on him for me, would you? I need to go see Arlong.

[Sandy agrees with a sniff of disdain. She's not privy to all that Arlong is to Nami, but she knows he's a jerk of a man. Nami smiles at Sam, waves, vanishes out the door.

She'll be back in an hour smiling just as cheerfully, so. Enjoy your library time, you giant nerd.]
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[personal profile] collegedropout 2017-02-12 09:05 am (UTC)(link)
[He will, Nami, he will. For the first time in a while, he's actually not anxious about her leaving; he is enraptured in his work, and he works to the whim of Sandy's every command. That's the thing about him people might appreciate, for work -- he doesn't really think to rest, doesn't think to let his mind wander. He scrunches his brow and works.

Color the librarian very impressed, and even as Nami leaves and eventually returns, she'll find Sam nearly mesmerized by his re-organizing. One of the local nerdy gals is sitting at a table with some level of both curiosity and anxiousness; he's an interesting new figure, but he's also swathed in ugly scars. He catches her gaze and fumbles a book at the surprise of it, but otherwise he smiles in embarrassment and moves to go keep working.]
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[personal profile] namisan 2017-02-16 04:58 am (UTC)(link)
[Her meeting goes along the lines that she assumes it will, so it's not so bad. She's late with money. She made excuses. Arlong loomed. The usual. The grip he took of her arm will bruise some, but all in all she's had a lot worse, and the money thing can be dealt with.

Particularly if Sam is eager to return to the library, which... well. Nami takes a moment to loiter by the counter and watch him work when she returns, rubbing her arm absently. She can't help but smile as Sandy whispers Sam's praises to her at the desk, and really, she's content to see him content.

She leaves him be until he notices her of his own accord-- it gives her time to settle her own mood-- and smiles lazily when she meets his gaze.]


So should I come back later?
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[personal profile] collegedropout 2017-02-18 10:43 pm (UTC)(link)
[He smiles her way, wandering over.]

Hey — no, no, um. You don't have to leave.

I was just... It's pretty great, isn't it? It's like... I don't know.

The smell and the look and the quiet, it's so familiar. It's a good quiet.

[He looks around like he expects to find parts of himself, and in a rare occurrence, he looks hopeful about his life and what it is.]
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[personal profile] namisan 2017-02-18 11:31 pm (UTC)(link)
[That settles things in her mind, then.]

Well. I'm pretty sure Sandy would be more than happy to take you on at least as a volunteer for however many hours. I could drop you off each day, if you want. [It would free up time for her to do her own job and catch up on some lost cash. She likes him and she worries, but she can't babysit and work at the same time. And if this place brings such a look to his face--] What about it?
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[personal profile] collegedropout 2017-02-19 10:27 am (UTC)(link)
... I'd like that a lot.

[He's wringing his hands, but it's not quite the nervous gesture it usually is.]

I could rent out books, too. For you and Nojiko to read. I'll make sure they're good.

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