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there's a river running wild. ([personal profile] shootstars) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2017-02-16 12:04 pm

the picture prompt meme



the picture prompt meme

I — Comment with your character.
II — Others will leave a picture (or two, or three...)
III — Reply to them with a setting based on the picture.
IV — Link to any pictures that are NSFW, please.
V — Be aware that this meme will be image-heavy.


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[personal profile] lawbreakers 2017-02-18 12:04 am (UTC)(link)
[ It's a genuine curiosity of his. Everyone has heard by now the story of Sam and Emma tracking Vasquez down in the middle of the woods, scrounging for supplies in an abandoned cabin. Since it had been the middle of the day, everyone was saved from an unfortunate mauling, but he did give poor Emma a scare by roping her feet out from under her.

But he hadn't ever heard the story of how Faraday came to join their little band.

Really, it just drives home the fact that Sam Chisolm is a scary, scary son of a bitch. ]


I know how that goes. [ Said with the slightest hint of a laugh. ]

Surprised you're sticking around in town, though.
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[personal profile] peacemakers 2017-02-18 12:29 am (UTC)(link)
Can’t be much of one.

[ Lightly, though he looks at Vasquez askance, watching him from the corner of his eye. He offers the usual story: ]

Sam did me the favor of buyin’ my horse. Seems only fair I stick around long enough to pay the man back.

[ But Faraday knows that’s most likely not what Vasquez is getting at, knows he probably means Faraday shouldn’t be so close to so many people with the moon waxing as it is, bringing the beast inside him so terribly close to the surface.

Doesn’t mean he’ll give the man the satisfaction of a straight answer. ]
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[personal profile] lawbreakers 2017-02-18 05:54 am (UTC)(link)
[ Of course it was going to be like that. In the short time he's known Faraday, he can't think of a single instance where the man directly answered a question he was asked. ]

I know that. But that doesn't mean you have to stay in the town.
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[personal profile] peacemakers 2017-02-18 06:34 am (UTC)(link)
[ He scoffs. ] What, you expect me to camp out? Pitch up a tent and commune with nature and the Lord like Horne does?

No, thank you.

[ He sniffs, shrugs a shoulder. ]

'Sides. Don't got any whiskey out in the fields.

[ Faraday is a man of simple pleasures. ]
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[personal profile] lawbreakers 2017-02-18 06:53 am (UTC)(link)
[ He snorts, giving a roll of his eyes. Faraday really is an odd one, because Vasquez feels like if he were in Faraday's place, with a wild animal lurking just beneath the surface, hungry to get out, he'd take the fields in a heartbeat.

But then, he doesn't know what it's like to be in Faraday's place. Wolves like him were cursed, changing with the moon, losing control in the process. For Vasquez and others like him, their animal half has always been a part of them. It was something to be embraced and understood, never feared or avoided.

Would that he could offer Faraday that sort of peace. ]


Last I checked, bottles can be carried from one place to another.
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[personal profile] peacemakers 2017-02-18 07:17 am (UTC)(link)
Company can't.

[ A pause. ]

'Least, not without a whole lot of kickin' and screamin', and I don't got the patience to deal with all that.

[ He likes the reminder, likes the test, likes the challenge. Part of him appreciates the fact that he's kept his composure for this long, when in the week before a full moon he would usually be heading out, searching for a safe, deserted place to hunker down. The reminder that he's still in control of himself pleases him a little.

Faraday admits – to himself, at least – that Vasquez isn't wrong, that Faraday should be out in the fields as they draw closer and closer to the night of the fight. That he should put distance between himself and the other men. But maybe that's the thing. Maybe him being so quick to leave people behind is the problem. Maybe soaking in the scents of the folks of Rose Creek will make him more likely to remember who his allies are, come the night of the battle.

Maybe.

Probably not, but maybe.

The moonlight soaks into his skin as they walk, and Faraday tips his head back a little, basking it in again, eyes half-hooded as he takes a deep breath. The night air is far from cool with the heat of the day still lingering, trapped in the dirt and the stone, but there's a freshness to it that lingers in his lungs. ]


Why? [ He looks at Vasquez from the corner of his eye. Blandness in his voice again, but a sharpness in his yellow-green eyes. The corner of his mouth quirks up in a smile. ] Tryin' to drive me out?
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[personal profile] lawbreakers 2017-02-19 05:16 am (UTC)(link)
[ He watches Faraday as they walk, eyes following the line of his profile, illuminated by the moon. He's still trying to figure the gambler out, just how he ticks, how he deals with being what he is.

He doubts he'll ever get those answers, barely knowing each other as they do, but it's still a point of curiosity for him. ]


Not at all. Just making sure you're not doing something you don't want to be doing.
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[personal profile] peacemakers 2017-02-19 05:29 am (UTC)(link)
[ Faraday barks out a laugh. ]

Hombre, [ aw-m-bray ] I'd hoped you'd know by now I never do anything I don't already wanna do.

[ But his smile widens a little, amused rather than feral. ]

Say I didn't, though. You likely to do anything about it?
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[personal profile] lawbreakers 2017-02-19 06:54 am (UTC)(link)
[ Another mild, languid shrug ] Depends on if the company is worth it.
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[personal profile] peacemakers 2017-02-19 10:08 am (UTC)(link)
[ Horses tend to be fidgety sorts of creatures. Sensitive and so terribly easy to spook. By now, the two of them have reached the livery stable, and he wonders what it is that gives them away, because he hears a few dismayed nickers, hooves stamping uneasily.

They must just have a sense for it, Faraday thinks. For the unnatural, the deadly, like feeling a storm before it blows through. And depending on the phase of the moon, Faraday's relationship with most of those creatures tended to leave quite a bit to be desired.

Having him and a man like Vasquez passing so close by – he can't exactly blame the horses for their nervousness. ]


Well, that was woefully vague. [ With only a tiny hint of annoyance. Faraday always preferred getting straight answers, even if he wasn't in the habit of giving them. ] What's that supposed to mean?
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[personal profile] lawbreakers 2017-02-19 05:33 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Vasquez tends to make most animals nervous- they're smarter than most people give them credit for, and they just seem to know there's something predatory about him. Finding a horse that would let him ride it had been something of a challenge.

That the horses are nervous when they pass by the livery is not a surprise at all. ]


It means if you want whiskey, bring a bottle. If you want company, I could be company.
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[personal profile] peacemakers 2017-02-19 10:09 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Faraday blinks, turns his head to look at Vasquez fully. ]

... Really?

[ With undisguised wariness, like he expects it to be a joke, and for Vasquez to pull the rug out from under him. ]

Why?
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[personal profile] lawbreakers 2017-02-19 10:37 pm (UTC)(link)
[ The open wariness sort of surprises him, like he expected Faraday to dance around the offer, and he glances over with raised eyebrows. ]

Because it's oppressive back there. Too many people, too many heartbeats.

You're not so bad, though.
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[personal profile] peacemakers 2017-02-19 11:58 pm (UTC)(link)
[ That startles a laugh out of him, and Faraday casts Vasquez a disbelieving sort of smile. ]

Gushing as that recommendation was, pretty sure that just goes to show you don't know me very much at all, amigo.

[ They reach the edge of the town, where the dirt path gives way to green grass. The creek catches the moonlight, reflects up whatever few clouds linger in the night sky. Faraday catches the scent of water in the air. Damp earth. Grass and dirt and the lingering smell left after firing a gun.

It's a welcome relief from the stench of sweat and blood, liquor and food, and the monster in him stops clawing at the walls of his chest, slowly turns, relaxes.

He can't help the sigh of relief that escapes him. ]
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[personal profile] lawbreakers 2017-02-20 01:37 am (UTC)(link)
I know enough.

[ Blandly, but he's still watching Faraday. He watches the tension go out of the other man, leaving with a sigh, and the corners of Vasquez's mouth quirk upward knowingly. ]

See, already it's better out here.
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[personal profile] peacemakers 2017-02-20 06:33 am (UTC)(link)
[ He cuts the other man a glare, lips pressing into a thin line. ]

That's why we're out here? You wanted to prove a point?
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[personal profile] lawbreakers 2017-02-20 06:40 am (UTC)(link)
We're out here because I wanted to get away from the saloon.

[ Said blandly, though it's somewhat belied by the smile he still wears. ]

Proving a point is just a nice extra.
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[personal profile] peacemakers 2017-02-20 07:02 am (UTC)(link)
Smug bastard.

[ This, grumbled under his breath, though not nearly so soft as to disguise the words.

He takes in another breath, rolling out his shoulders, refusing to admit that Vasquez is right – it is better out here. Easier, without the press of men and women on all sides; easier, without the thing in him looking out of his eyes and sighting the most vulnerable prey.

(the both of them, watching Vasquez. considering. appraising.) ]


Well, now we're here instead of there. [ An expansive wave of his hand. ] Now what?
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[personal profile] lawbreakers 2017-02-20 03:52 pm (UTC)(link)
[ His eyes flick back over to Faraday at the remark, and there's something distinctly feline in the way he grins at him, teeth flashing white and just a little too sharp in the dark. ]

Didn't think that far ahead. Could keep walking, wander for a bit and enjoy the silence.
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[personal profile] peacemakers 2017-02-20 08:47 pm (UTC)(link)
And how likely am I to enjoy any sort of silence with you?

[ Though even as he asks it, he's trudging forward again, letting the grass wrap around his legs. ]
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[personal profile] lawbreakers 2017-02-20 11:13 pm (UTC)(link)
You think I talk too much? Have you ever listened to yourself?

[ He falls in step alongside Faraday easily enough, in spite of his words. The lights of the town can only hold off the darkness so much. The lamplight only provides a small halo of light into the fields, but it makes no difference to Vasquez. Being what he is, he can see in the dark just fine ]
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[personal profile] peacemakers 2017-02-20 11:42 pm (UTC)(link)
I have. And I have a melodic voice.

[ Faraday sees by the light of the moon, guides himself by what the light traces, edges in soft whites and yellows. Not true night vision, exactly, but something close to it; and in the nights to come, his vision will only get better.

For now, his eyesight is improved enough to navigate through the fields, to avoid tripping over discarded tools or tangled, gnarled weeds. ]


What about you, then? [ This, slowly, lightly. ] Bein' around so many people. Can't imagine that's too common, for you. It bother you?
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[personal profile] lawbreakers 2017-02-21 12:06 am (UTC)(link)
[ "Melodic" is not the word he would have used, and it earns Faraday another roll of his eyes.

But the question catches him off-guard, a little more personal than he thought they were going to get in general, but it's far from bothersome. ]


Sometimes. Part of me likes it, it's been so long since I could talk with people. But part of me finds it oppressive.

[ A brief, thoughtful pause. ]

Too many wounded back there, too. The smell is distracting.
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[personal profile] peacemakers 2017-02-21 12:12 am (UTC)(link)
[ Faraday isn't the type to back off from a topic just because it's too personal. When he's curious, then he asks questions – likely sticking his nose in where it's not wanted, but that's simply in his nature.

As is so often the case, though, Faraday expects a deflection, a dodge, a statement regarding where he can stick his questions. When he gets a straight answer for once, Faraday's eyebrows rise, and he peers over at the other man. ]


... I get that. [ This, slowly, carefully, like he's unsure if he wants to offer this little admission. ]

But you're always in control, aren't you? Even when you're— [ A vague little flick of his fingers. ] You know.
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[personal profile] lawbreakers 2017-02-21 01:07 am (UTC)(link)
I am.

[ Wolves not so much, in his limited experience. They became animals wholly unlike themselves, no consciousness, no control other than the instincts of a wild beast. ]

But I am still an animal. Just because I can stop myself from eating a man doesn't mean I don't want to do it in the first place.

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