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sockdere ([personal profile] sockdere) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2016-06-14 07:59 pm

You're all I know

an amnesiac shipping meme

You have no idea who you are.

One day, you just woke up from the darkness, confused and alone. You barely remember your own name, much less why you're here...or where here is, even. Your own body is strange to you, and if you have some kind of power or ability, that must be frightening. Perhaps you're angry at everything so new and different, lost in this strange world you don't understand or know your own place in. Maybe you feel the need to hide away, lest you be crushed by everyone out there who is sure to hurt you.

You are so, so alone.

Only you're not. There is one person, one person who's found you and taken you in. They've shown you kindness, looking after you while you can barely look out for yourself. Out of the goodness of their heart, they've shown you things, taught you things. Most importantly, they're giving you a new sense of identity. And for that, you've begun to appreciate them. More than words can say, actually. You care for them so deeply that your heart hurts around them. Is that normal? What is this feeling? You can't imagine life without them, and leaving them- That's something you could never consider. Is this lov...

The word's on the tip of your tongue, but you can't figure it out, exactly. What you can figure out is that you want to give everything you can to the person who's done so much for them. You want to stay by their side and make them happy. You want to protect them at all costs.

So no one would blame you for getting confused when you see them with someone else or getting angry when you believe they're in danger. And certainly it's only natural for you to get frustrated when you want to tell them what you think of them, what they mean to you, and you can't figure out what to do. Perhaps following instincts will do?

One thing you know is that this bond and these emotions will never go away, not even when you learn who you are.

- This meme is for examining what happens when someone with no memories, potentially someone with powers or skills that could be dangerous at the very least, develops deep feelings for the person who's taken them in or is helping them realize their past. It can be played as awkward, adventurous, tragic, cracky, fluffy, truly romantic, or anything in between. You can play at the beginning, the part where emotions have strongly developed, or even when the amnesiac has regained their memories and must now deal with new feelings.
- Reply with your character and preferences. Mention if you'd like to play the amnesiac, the caretaker/help, or both.
- The role of caretaker does not have to always be beneficial. Maybe they caused this condition in the first place so the other character would be dependent, loving, and loyal towards them.
- Reply to others and play.
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/a wild teal deer sprints past. hope this is okay!

[personal profile] goblinjr 2016-06-15 06:03 am (UTC)(link)
[Getting a phone call at an odd hour of the night tended not to mean good things, especially when it was coming from Aunt May. 'Oh god, something happened to Peter,' he'd thought instinctively and never in his life had he wanted to be wrong so badly. Fate wouldn't be so kind as to grant that wish, though. Peter wound up in the hospital and Harry's heart remained lodged in his throat for the rest of the night. What happened to him, no one really knew. Whoever dropped him off hadn't stuck around, but he was awfully banged up. Was it that second job? Was it Octavius? He suspected Octavius would have made it obvious, rubbed it in somehow if it was, but Harry couldn't be sure. His mind ran amok with possibilities while he and May waited to see Peter.

And just when it seemed like it couldn't get any worse, it did.

Peter's head injuries were severe enough that he had no memory of who or where he was, and that was heartbreaking to see. Where there had been warmth there was now just confusion. No recognition, no cheeky smile or sarcastic remark about how he was fine and they were just worrying too much. Harry did his best to present a warm and welcoming smile whenever he visited, trying not to let all of his sadness and fear and guilt bubble to the surface. Peter wouldn't be able to reel him back this time. Harry had to try and be the rock.

Harry and May agreed to take turns looking after Peter so he wouldn't be left by himself when he was released from the hospital. Oddly, when Harry went to call Peter's second job, he couldn't figure out where Peter was supposed to be bartending at. But frankly, after this-- he couldn't give two shits if they fired him for not showing up. He was absolutely spilling the beans on that secret as soon as it was appropriate to do so. This wasn't worth the extra money.

It ended up being Harry who dropped in to pick Peter up and take him home when the hospital released him, what with May being held up at work. If it had been anyone else, May probably would have dropped everything and did it anyway, but Harry promised that Peter would be home safe and sound. As always, he made good on his promise.

Before long, Harry's town car was pulling up next to Peter's house.]
Here's your home, pal. [He moved around to open the car door for Peter while his driver took Peter's bags.] Your aunt should be home in a little while, but for now, you're stuck with me.

[He was trying to tease, to seem friendly and not scared out of his mind for his best friend. Making Peter feel comfortable was the most important thing right now.]
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ohhh dear it's awesome ^_^ <3

[personal profile] spideyguy 2016-06-15 06:27 am (UTC)(link)
[Peter was reckless. That was a given, spider bite or not. The fact was, the bite had only enhanced his risk-taking. He could afford it, he'd be fine. Until he wasn't, that is.

He shouldn't have been out. He'd had a rough night the night before and was still healing. But he'd sniffed out the tail end of this drug ring thing Daredevil was taking care of up in Hell's Kitchen, and he'd offered his assistance. Matt hadn't asked, he'd never ask, but Peter knew he could use the help.

Peter could never not offer a helping hand, even when said hand was bleeding profusely.

It's the metal pipe that takes him out. Nasty weapon, it's wielder used it to break Peter's ankle and then wham, he's out like a light, head cracking against the concrete. Matt set his ankle and took him back to his apartment but - well, they had a deal. If you didn't wake up within two hours, you were anonymously dropped off at the hospital. The fact that Peter was still bleeding - that the wounds hadn't healed yet, or were healing slowly - was enough of a warning sign that not all was right with the Spider human.

If Peter were able to remember his own damn secret, he'd probably be grateful he wasn't healing terribly fast, save the ankle. At least it wouldn't raise suspicion while he was in the hospital.

The woman he woke up to, at his bedside, felt familiar. Peter knew, somewhere in his bones, that he loved her, that she meant something to him. His mother, maybe? He tries out the word and sends Aunt May into tears. Then it's a 'help me please' look to the other person, the guy that looks roughly his age. Peter doesn't remember him either, though he feels...just as familiar.

It's a bizarre, deja vu situation, and it doesn't improve in the light of day. Or the next day. For super healing he doesn't remember having, it's kind of doing a sucky job.

Peter felt...weird. The doctors smiled sympathetically and told him it was probably just the drugs making him feel jittery. But - hearing heartbeats? That had to just be his own, rushing in his ears. Or the drugs. Peter wasn't going to look too much into it, not when he was already having such a hard time remembering his own name.

Because - they told him his name was Peter Parker. He could repeat it, refer to himself as Peter but it just - didn't seem right. Didn't click, the way a name he'd had for all - oh, he was twenty, sure, why not - twenty years of his life. He wasn't Peter. He just...was.

Harry - the guy's name is Harry, they're friends. Best friends, they have been for a long time, apparently - showed up to bring him home. Peter's mostly quiet on the ride there, watching the streets pass by and frowning when they pass by an alley that feels familiar, sends a tingle down his spine that is neither pleasant nor unpleasant.]

What a tragedy. [At least his wit is still intact. Peter's stiff, moving, but he managed to get out of the car without too much trouble. The house is another one of those frustrating moments for him, staring at it and willing himself to remember.

No dice. Peter offered Harry the house key May - May, not mom - had left him. He's going to be using the railing to get up the steps, so it's probably best if you open the door.]
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[personal profile] goblinjr 2016-06-15 11:07 am (UTC)(link)
[Harry - honestly and truly - tried not to hover like some kind of annoying overprotective bird. They - he and May - were told to let Peter take it easy. Nothing jarring - just let his memories work themselves out in their own time. But he couldn't help but watch Peter from time to time. The frustration was hard to miss, impossible to ignore. Harry could only imagine what it was like not to know who you were, not to recognize anything you should. It wasn't so great on the outside looking in either.

It was like watching a shell of Peter instead of Peter himself. Not having the answers about what happened to him made it even worse. Harry felt completely helpless and it was maddening.

He mustered a smile for Peter's remark before taking the key and letting them both in, watching him carefully climb the steps.]
If you need any help, I've got a pretty sturdy shoulder. [Part of him expected Peter to still manage to be his infuriatingly stubborn self even without his memories, but like hell that was going to stop Harry from offering. He had to refrain from instinctively reaching out to steady him.

It never really occurred to Harry how much contact he made with Peter until now, when he kept wanting to sling an arm around his shoulders or even just teasingly elbow him and had to hold back.

He opted to let Peter go on ahead once the door was open - mostly so he could keep an eye on him - and waved his driver over to bring the bags. And of course, he'd caught Peter having a stare-down with the house moments before, no doubt trying to unlock the memories it held. A common trend until Peter got better - because Harry refused to think that he wouldn't - he was sure, but he found himself gently reassuring him anyway before they went inside:]
You'll come around. Don't push yourself too hard, okay?
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[personal profile] spideyguy 2016-06-15 04:28 pm (UTC)(link)
[Much of what made Peter well, Peter had been stripped away. And perhaps he did look like a completely different person - this Peter wasn't burdened by loss. He didn't remember having anything to lose in the first place. He was tired, yes, but that perpetual weight on his shoulders had lifted. He wasn't carrying around a guilt complex.

Yeah Peter had...absolutely no idea. The man dropping him off hadn't said anything either, and when the nurse described him well - Peter was useless, and Aunt May had no idea who it might have been. Since when did Peter know any blind men? Perhaps he was just a good samaritan.]

I'm good. [Yeah, some things never changed. It was slow going, his whole body felt like one big ache - the doctors insisted him they'd given him all the pain medication they legally could, but Peter didn't feel anything. Not an ounce of relief. He was metabolizing it faster than they could administer, but nobody could really tell, blessedly.

The inside of the house is equally as foreign to Peter, and he stared at the couch, eyes narrowing. It was right there, on the edge of his mind, but he just couldn't...dammit.]

Yeah, sure. [He sighed, not meaning to grumble, and amended: ] Sorry, it's just this - I look at this house, or you, or May, and I have this - it's the worst deja vu sensation, I swear. An itch I can't scratch, because I can't freaking remember.

Ugh. [Peter shook his head, mildly disgusted with himself. Because he might not remember being Peter, but he is Peter, and Peter is absolutely going to blame himself for not trying harder to remember.]
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[personal profile] goblinjr 2016-06-15 08:37 pm (UTC)(link)
[Naturally. Naturally, Peter said no to help. When his friend wobbled on past, Harry pointed his gaze up and shook his head with a thin and completely unsurprised smile. What a piece of work. He made a mental note to tease him about that later. Undeniable proof that Peter was a pain in the ass at heart.

Harry had his driver set the bags just inside before instructing him to go ahead and go home. No telling how long Harry would be here, so there was no sense in him sitting outside and waiting for him. When he turned back around, Peter was - as he expected - already scrutinizing everything. And if Harry didn't intervene, he was probably going to keep doing that.

Even like this, Peter was practically incapable of taking it easy. Go figure.]

No-- it's alright. It's frustrating, I get it. [Watching Peter struggle and fight so hard to remember tugged at his heart, and he gave him a sympathetic smile. After a moment, it eventually wound up being a little more humorous.] But if you stare at the couch any harder, I think it'll burst into flames before it can tell you anything.

[Seriously, man. Cool it.]

Hey, you hungry? Thirsty? The hospital food was probably nasty. [Mission: Distract Peter from Being Hard on Himself is now in effect.]
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[personal profile] spideyguy 2016-06-15 10:18 pm (UTC)(link)
[That did make Peter laugh, albeit with a little bit of a wheeze, and he rounded the couch to sit down. He seriously didn't understand why he was still in so much pain, despite the medication they'd put him on, but he was going to pull a Parker and not say anything more about it.]

A little thirsty, I guess, but you don't have to - sit down, a second. [Peter patted the spot next to him, an invitation. Even without his memories he didn't want Harry to have to lift a finger on his behalf.] It was. I think I have aliens growing inside me from that oatmeal they force fed me.

Do you think you could - tell me more, about everything? [Aunt May could only tell him so much before she either a) was choking back tears or b) got a question from Peter she couldn't answer. But maybe Harry - if they were best friends - could fill in some of the blanks.]
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[personal profile] goblinjr 2016-06-16 05:37 am (UTC)(link)
[A laugh! Small victory, even if it sort of hurt Peter to do so. It was the strangest thing that the medication wasn't working for him, but Harry wasn't a doctor. Surely there was some kind of logical explanation. Whatever the case may be, as long as Peter took it easy... that would hopefully be enough.

He started towards the kitchen to fetch Peter some water, stopping only when he was urged to sit down. Normally, he'd insist anyway, but... well. He was trying to be more conscientious about arguing with him. Cracking a smile at the alien-producing hospital food, Harry obliged and sat next to Peter.]
A good thing for you that I have a cure, then.

[It was a little harder to smile when Peter prodded about wanting to know more about his life. He'd been through a lot. Too much for someone who just barely turned twenty. Harry wasn't sure he wanted to try and explain that. More importantly, he's pretty sure those details qualified as jarring, which he'd been specifically instructed to avoid.

Oh boy... All Harry could hope for was that Peter didn't ask too many hard questions. He didn't have a lot of faith in his own ability to be tactful.]

Well, I can try. [And he'll even manage the most reassuring smile he can muster despite his uncertainty.] Anything in particular?
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[personal profile] spideyguy 2016-06-16 08:14 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, yeah? You an expert in alien-removal? [Peter settled on the couch, trying to find the position that hurt the least. He also draped a blanket over his legs, for good measure, bundling up in a cocoon.]

Honestly? There's so much I don't remember. [He sighed a little, drawing the blanket under his chin.] Maybe...why I live with my aunt?

[Wow, Peter, you're starting off strong, aren't you? At least he hasn't asked about his Aunt's presumably-late husband. He'd deduced as much when she got teary-eyed every time the subject came up.] Maybe stuff like school, or our friends?
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[personal profile] goblinjr 2016-06-16 08:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah! You and I - horror movie marathons are our thing, you see. And I've seen enough evil alien movies to know how to fix alien growths. [Jokingly, Harry made a show of adjusting the collar of his jacket in that sort of way someone does to look 'important'. It doesn't last long before he drops it, shaking his head and letting out a half-laugh.

And... it looked like they were jumping right into the hard questions. Harry didn't even begin to know how to tackle them. Honest but gentle? Easier said than done...]
Well, um... something happened to your parents when you were a kid, Pete, and she took you in.

[But the second question-- that was a little easier. If Harry was careful, that is. He's just going to cheerfully focus on school because he had zero idea if Peter's even made any new friends at college. Talking about how it's mostly just been the two of them anymore... well. It sounded kind of bleak and seemed like a one-way ticket to talking about Shitstormville.] We don't go to school together anymore, but you're at college studying science. Biochemistry and genetic engineering. You're a total science whiz. Crazy smart. You were actually helping with a huge project for an exhibit last time I checked.
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[personal profile] spideyguy 2016-06-16 11:15 pm (UTC)(link)
What's our favorite movie, to watch together? [The fact that Harry was always unfailingly well-groomed had not gone unnoticed. Peter figured he had to be a wall street type, or maybe a lawyer? Something that called for the suits.]

Orphan. Huh. [He didn't seem too upset about it, which, he...isn't, really. He doesn't remember anything, so missing parents he can't remember? Not a huge deal.] Guess I'm lucky she was around. She seems...she seems like a really nice lady.

What are you doing? Are you in college too? [Science. That sounds about right. If he had to pick something he was interested in, anyway. The mention of the project brought a frown to his face as he tried to remember literally anything about it, dice.]
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[personal profile] goblinjr 2016-06-17 06:54 am (UTC)(link)
Our favorite movie... [Harry hummed thoughtfully.] We've got pretty different tastes, actually. Half the fun's just seeing what we can rope each other into watching. [Like making him waste a couple hours of his life watching Thankskilling. Good grief.]

Yeah... [It probably should be a good thing that Peter didn't seem too worked up about it. It was a better than the alternative, after all, but... still pretty sad.] Best aunt in the world. [He couldn't help but grin a little.] She's probably the most patient person I've ever met. We -- well... okay, I have made so many messes whenever I visit and she hasn't chased me off yet. [Plenty of stink faces and scolding 'Harry Osborn!'s though.] But more than anything, she loves you so much. Man, she'd do anything for you. You're definitely pretty lucky to have her, bud.

[If he knew more about the project, Harry would try to enlighten him, but alas. Come to think of it, he didn't know a lot about what Peter was doing at school. It's not like they really talked much about it, and when they did, Harry whined about having to listen to Peter talk science. Never thought he'd regret that.] Me? No, not right now. Maybe someday, but for now I'm, uh-- trying to run a business. [How much should he say about that?] It's centered around experimental science, mostly.
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[personal profile] spideyguy 2016-06-17 07:52 am (UTC)(link)
Sounds like a trip and a half. [Peter regret nothing. That movie was a masterpiece of modern cinema. The fact that a turd that awful had actually gone into production was a living myth.]

Yeah I - I have this feeling. [He admitted it slowly, gaze suddenly drawn to the infinitely interesting design on his blanket.] Even though I don't remember either of you it's - like a part of me knows you're important. That just...proves it, I guess.

You too. Seems to me like she's as much your Aunt as she is mine. [Peter might be suffering from some serious memory loss, but he wasn't blind. Aunt May treated Harry like he was family.]

[And wasn't that just the worst of it? When the police asked questions neither Harry nor Aunt May had the answers to, about where Peter might have been, what he might have been doing, who the man was that brought him in. Anything to do with friends, school, or work, for other potential motives - certainly put it into perspective, just how much Peter hid from them.] Trying? What's the problem?
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[personal profile] goblinjr 2016-06-18 12:41 am (UTC)(link)
Usually is, yeah. [And Harry is in no shortage of happy memories to share in that respect.] Sometimes we even set up pillow forts and everything. We're... basically a couple of twenty year olds that have yet to actually grow up. [He snickered.] But no, it really is a lot of fun.

[It went without saying that they all meant a lot to each other. There was never any doubt in Harry's mind. But it was still touching and comforting to know that their bonds ran so deep that Peter still felt them even without memories.] Well, we're all family. We always will be. No matter what.

I guess you could say she kind of took me in, too. [Kind of funny to think of it that way, but true. With his mother gone and his father usually too busy for him, Harry hadn't really had many people to turn to, but the Parkers always welcomed him with open arms. That hadn't changed. He wasn't sure he could ever truly repay that kindness, but he was grateful to be included.] You've both done a lot for me. You're great people. Wouldn't trade you guys for anything. [A pause before a teasing smile hooked the corner of his lips.] Except maybe a really nice jacket.

[Boy, did it ever. Part of Harry was frustrated with himself that he didn't try harder, but at the same time... he knew Peter well enough to know that if he didn't want to address something, he'd do everything in his power not to. And poor, poor Peter-- as soon as he started remembering things, he was probably going to get bombarded by hugs and nagging and questions.] It's just... [Quick, think of an answer that wouldn't get uncomfortable! He absolutely didn't want to explain why Oscorp was a wreck right now, because then he'd have to try and explain Gwen and Norman and...] I kind of jumped right into it out of high school, and I'm a little in over my head. [That's not a lie, at least.] I'm sad to say, I'm not a genius like you. It's been a hell of a learning process.
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[personal profile] spideyguy 2016-06-18 06:45 am (UTC)(link)
It definitely sounds like it. [Sounded like they didn't take themselves too seriously, either, which was nice. It seemed like Harry was someone Peter could be himself around, even if he wasn't quite himself.]

I'm sorry. About this. I don't know why this happened but - I know it must be hard on you. [And of course Peter's apologizing for the inconvenience him losing his memory must be.] I'll try to be more careful with...whatever I was doing. [Peter cracked a smile at that, leaning over to shove Harry's arm playfully.] I've already seen you wear at least three different really nice jackets, Mr. Teen Vogue.

[When Peter finally returned to his own head he'd have to do a lot of damage control and finagling to find a good cover story. If his current state didn't end up ruining everything anyway, that is.] Oh, what, like a startup? That's cool. Do you have any contracts yet?

I don't feel like a genius. You're an independent business owner, that's impressive, Harry.
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[personal profile] goblinjr 2016-06-18 08:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Peter... [Harry laughed softly, something that's stuck somewhere between sad and amused. Some things really never change.] Of course it's hard, but we love you. It's not like you're a burden. [Hell, Harry was tempted just to let his assistant run the show at Oscorp for a little while so he could be around for Peter.] I appreciate the concern, but how 'bout you let us do the worrying, huh? You still haven't let me get you that glass of water yet.

[He grinned, leaning with the shove. It was good to see him joking around a little bit.] What can I say? I really like nice jackets.

Uh-- [God, he was so bad at this.] No. It was someone else's first. Which is a good thing, 'cause you had to get me through science in school. Science and I don't get along, so... me trying to start an experimental science business would have gone down the tubes before it even got off the ground.

Aah-- c'mon. It only feels that way 'cause you don't know all the awesome stuff you've done. I could probably put you to sleep telling you about it all. The list is huge. [He raised his brows, tilting his head.] When your aunt comes home, I bet she could find a bunch of your stuff she kept and show you?
Edited (thanks for borking on me dw >:c) 2016-06-18 20:14 (UTC)
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[personal profile] spideyguy 2016-06-19 07:40 am (UTC)(link)
Kinda feels like it. I just - don't like feeling useless. [Peter felt like there was something he should be doing, he just didn't know what - couldn't remember what. But he should probably recognize the fact that May and Harry needed to fuss, because they were probably more upset about it than he was.] ...sure, yeah, that'd be great. Thanks, Harry.

Is it a fetish thing? Oversharing, man. [Peter wrinkled his nose at Harry, though his eyes crinkled with a hidden smile.] the hell did you end up running a science company? [Sure, he might not have known Harry long, but something about this sounded so amusing and so very like Harry to Peter.] Oh, stop it, Mr. CEO. If you have her dig up a bowling trophy, I'm ignoring you.

Maybe some pictures. [Peter brightened with a sudden idea.] Maybe pictures would help me remember.
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[personal profile] goblinjr 2016-06-19 09:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Trust me: the last thing you are is useless, buddy. [Softly, Harry clapped a hand on Peter's shoulder - or at least the general vicinity. It was kind of hard to tell when he was wrapped up in a blanket like a burrito.] Just take it easy, will you? Even when you can't remember anything, you don't know how to relax. [Still gently spoken-- not scolding. It was more of an observation than anything. He flashed Peter a smile before getting up to fetch the glass of water.

The joke caught Harry off-guard, who sputtered in a mixture of surprise and laughter.]
No! That's not a thing. Just... no.

It's a long story. [It... wasn't really, but it was a good way to absolve him from trying to explain it. He held his arms up on either side of him in a shrug.] But now you know why I'm trying to run a business and not actually running it. [That got a grin.] Hey, what's wrong with bowling? [He snickered.] No, I'm talking stuff like first-place science fair ribbons.

Well, you got plenty of those. You're a photographer, too. A pretty good one. [Harry paused to hold out the water for Peter, studying the look on his face. As much as he didn't want Peter pushing himself, he knew damn good and well that he was going to go hunting for his memories with or without him. At least if Harry was around, he could answer questions or try to run damage control if something upset Peter. He could still focus on the good things, like what Gwen and Ben meant to Peter - because he knew their pictures were still up there - instead of what happened to them.] I think you keep a bunch of 'em on your wall in your room. If you wanna go look, we can.
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[personal profile] spideyguy 2016-06-19 10:41 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm trying, promise. [Peter smiled when Harry's hand landed more on his collarbone than his shoulder. Yeah, maybe he'd let them fuss. Peter was already feeling guilty for worrying them; if when he got his memories back he'd only be feeling it tenfold.] Thank you.

Oh my god it's totally a thing. [Peter groaned, ever the drama queen, hiding a grin as he burrowed deeper into his blankety cocoon.] Dude your dry cleaning bill must be wildly expensive.

Well I'm sure you can do it. To a completely impartial outsider, [Ha.] you seem perfectly capable and put together. Despite what you may think.

Everything's wrong with bowling. [Peter did tilt his head, though considering the science fair.] What project did I do?

Artsy and a science nerd? I sound ridiculous. [Peter accepted the water, but his mind was already gonex upstairs, wondering what he would have taken pictures of. It's a nice thought, isn't it, that Harry might be able to shield him from the truth - but he's crazy if he thought he'd be able to stop Peter questioning what happened to Gwen, when half the pictures upstairs are of her, or him with her looking brilliantly happy. He may not shoulder the same grief, right now, but he's insatiably curious about things he shouldn't touch (how do you think he got his powers in the first place?) ] Yes, please. If it'll help me remember faster, maybe -
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[personal profile] goblinjr 2016-06-20 01:36 am (UTC)(link)
It's not a thing! [Good lord, how did Peter still manage to troll him without even knowing who he was? This seemed wildly unfair. It was like, ingrained into his very being or something. Harry shot him a none-too-serious glare.] Oh, just shut up and drink your water.

That would be more effective if you were actually an impartial outsider. Memory problems don't count. [His teasing smile turned into a more sincere one after a moment.] But I appreciate it. I'll figure it out eventually. [Or send the company under, but uh. No. Let's not go there.]

Now, that... you might have to remember on your own. [Now Harry felt horrible for tuning out Peter's Science Rambles. He scratched the side of his face a bit, trying to think.] Probably something biochem related? That's kind of your thing. You'd have to look through your stuff. Sorry, pal.

You are, but in a good way. [Another grin, because it's the damn truth. That's why they got along so well, Harry suspected. They could come together under the banner of "ridiculous human beings".] Just don't push it, okay? You can't force yourself to remember faster. [Why did he get the feeling he was going to be saying that a lot?] But whenever you wanna go is fine. [He could tell just by looking at Peter that he was already damn near tunnelvisioning on it. Might as well just let him go if he wanted to go.] It's upstairs, though. You gonna be alright to walk the stairs?

[Not that Peter's answer has any sway on whether or not Harry will continue watching him like a hawk.]
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[personal profile] spideyguy 2016-06-20 03:29 am (UTC)(link)
[Maybe that was just a testament to how deep their friendship went. Or how much being a shit was truly a part of him. He'd reached shithead nirvana. Incredible.] Whatever helps you sleep at night, Harry. [Yeah he's just going to sip his water and try not to laugh.]

They so do! I'm a different person, kinda. I mean, I don't remember one way or another, so. I think it counts.

If that comes to me before my own name I'm going to be very upset with myself. [Maybe there was something in a yearbook or something. Did he have a yearbook?] Biochem. Huh. That...seems right.

How is that a good thing? [Despite not remembering, Peter could almost feel himself falling into old patterns. It felt comfortable, joking with Harry like this.] I won't, I'll be careful. [What a lying liar, honestly.] I'll be fine. I can lay down in bed, if it makes you feel better.

[And with that the blankets are off and he's getting up, maybe a little faster than he should be, but definitely determined to get upstairs.]
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[personal profile] goblinjr 2016-06-20 10:45 am (UTC)(link)
[Possibly both, though Harry would bet on the latter. Because it's Peter. All Harry gave in retaliation was a playful amalgamation of a sneer and a scowl. He's not giving him any more ammunition if he can help it.]

No, no, no. I'm pretty sure there's some residual stuff left that makes you unknowingly biased. I'm not buying it.

A memory's a memory, though. Right? You're a pretty big nerd, too... Your brain might prioritize all the science and stuff. [He smirked.] I guess we'll find out, huh?

What do you mean 'how is that a good thing'? [Harry clicked his tongue as if he couldn't believe Peter was even asking.] You're all... multifaceted and unique and whatnot! Which means you're not boring. That's a lot more than I can say for most people. [Similarly, it was a relief to get Peter feeling comfortable. It was still hard to watch him struggle with his memory loss, but the little smiles and laughs were enough to reassure Harry that surely Peter would be fine.] As long as you take it easy.

[Good grief.] Alright, c'mon then. I'll lead the way. [And by lead the way, he means making Peter go up the stairs first so he can watch him until they're safely at the top. Then he'll show Peter where his room is.]
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[personal profile] spideyguy 2016-06-20 07:10 pm (UTC)(link)
[Oh don't worry, he's got plenty. And when he comes back to himself and remembers that his first impression of Harry was suit fetishist, he's going to laugh his ass off.]

I wish, man. All I'm getting is a vague family vibe. I seriously don't remember you.

Wow, that makes me feel so much better. [Peter gave him a playful shove, shaking his head. He'd probably surprise himself with his own science knowledge, if they were to test it.]

Me, being a ridiculous person. [That got an eyeroll and a muffled laugh.] Well thank you, Harry, I'm glad I don't bore you to tears. [The first test was probably the hardest to watch. He'd answered most of the questions fine - it's 2016, the president is Obama, 2 + 2 is 4 - but when they reached the, what is your full name? Peter...didn't have an answer. How old are you? What is your mother's name? Do you have any siblings?

I don't know.
I don't know.
I don't know.

You worry too much. I mean, I can't exactly make this worse, can I? [Don't tempt fate, Peter. He shuffled over to the stairs, reaching a hand out for the railing.]
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[personal profile] goblinjr 2016-06-21 03:27 am (UTC)(link)
[God, Peter. You are the actual worst.]

Well, seeing as all I have is your word, I guess I've gotta take it.

[Harry chuckled and swayed with the shove.] It could be worse. At least science is on your side!

It's the highest honor, Peter. I get bored easily. [It was like a completely different person sitting in that hospital bed. Harry could see all these familiar fragments of Peter floating around in the way he laughed and acted - especially now - but they were just drifting. Not really connecting to form a cohesive piece. It was like looking at an unfinished puzzle. There were enough pieces to see what should be, but the whole picture just... wasn't there.

But for Harry, the more painful thing was seeing the lack of weight on Peter's shoulders and wondering if he would be happier this way. He was doggedly pursuing his memories, sure, but he didn't really know all the loss and suffering.]

You can, and I'd rather you didn't. [Kind of hard not to worry when you somehow kept hurting yourself, Peter. Harry trailed close behind, poised to catch him if he decided to tip over or down the stairs.]
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[personal profile] spideyguy 2016-06-21 03:40 am (UTC)(link)
[At least it keeps your life interesting, Harry.]

You really know how to make a guy feel special, you know that? [Maybe he would be. Maybe he'd be infinitely better off like this, going through life as someone relatively normal. But then - would he really be Peter Parker? Could he, without Uncle Ben, without Gwen, without the life he's lived so far?

No. This Peter might seem brighter, less bogged down by everything, but he's a shadow of himself. And if he never remembered? You might as well bury Peter Parker and Spiderman.]

Pssh I'll be fine.

[Peter took the stairs blessedly slowly, though he did have to stop halfway up for a breather. It just - jesus, everything hurt. Those pain meds were doing literally nothing for him. Peter's grip on the railing produced a cracking noise and he let it go, mildly surprised. His hand had left a bit of a bend in the wood. Um.

He just kept going, all the way up the stairs, shaking his head to clear it. Were the drugs heightening his senses because seriously, if he was still in this much pain and dealing with sensory overload it just wasn't worth it.]

Which one's mine?
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[personal profile] goblinjr 2016-06-22 04:29 am (UTC)(link)
[Well, it's interesting all right.]

It's like a special talent of mine. [It was said with a melodramatic shrug as if it were burden.

Harry had to withhold a sigh when he was met with the ever popular "I'll be fine" answer. Peter was hobbling up the steps in obvious pain, and that was the last thing Harry would define as being 'fine'. About the only thing Harry was grateful for at this point was that Peter wasn't trying to barrel upstairs, and Harry didn't push him.

It was the cracking sound that alarmed him; he didn't immediately place where it came from. His eyes darted to the steps like he expected to see them start to cave in, which made zero sense. This house wasn't even that old! And then he realized it was the railing once Peter's hand moved and there was a small dent left behind.

What the--

Only able to gape, it took Harry a moment to notice Peter was still trucking up the stairs. He hesitated, then followed him all the way up without a word. That was weird, and Peter seemed almost eager not to acknowledge it. Harry was just trying to wrap his head around what the hell happened. Weak railing? Or--

...God, he had no idea. He just went on ahead once at the top, leading Peter to his room and gesturing to the door.]
This way, bud.

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