: For a short drabble about my character falling asleep with yours.

Nod let himself in quietly. His usual shift had run half an hour longer because of Marten’s debrief that Shaydon decided they all needed to hear. Normally, he wouldn’t have cared but twenty four hours on the job made him more than a little tired.

Tess was already asleep, and he removed his armor as softly as possible before sliding in next to her. He put a gentle hand on her shoulder to let her know he was there, and when she didn’t lash out, he settled his chin into the curve of her shoulder and closed his eyes.

He was asleep before he knew anything else.

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breathe [open rp]

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This time, Aurie’s hug was meant to be comforting instead of taking comfort. “Duty drives us all,” she observed tonelessly, before she pushed away the instinctive bitterness. No good to think of what would have come of that. “I’m glad he has you,” she said with more warmth as the knotted tangle of emotion in her chest was drawn under control. “I’m grateful that you’re here. I’m sorry you had to see me like that.”

"Duty’s not always enough," she retorted tiredly. "Not always. It’s not sturdy enough. It can drive us, but community and family is what keeps us propped upright."

Tess shook her head against Aurie’s hair. “Please don’t be. You need it just as badly as any of us do.” Moreso. When her teammates sensed something was awry with one, they were quick to act on it. They knew each other well enough to see stress or sleepless nights as if they wore it on a sign around their neck. Oftentimes, they were able to disperse it just as effectively. With Aurie, it was like a stream that had backed up for too long. She would drown in it if she didn’t let it out from time to time.

"I’m glad, too," she agreed, shooting another look at Nod over his mother’s head.

"I would like not to need it," she admitted, a little sheepishly. "It would be easier not to feel." She looked at Nod. "I’m given reasons why I should, though." She swallowed. "Then I feel ashamed for even thinking about it. It’s a strange place in my head sometimes." She forced herself to put that aside. "So I am sorry."

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breathe [open rp]

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"I do trust his fellow guard," Aurie admitted in a whisper. "They do well by him. I just…" she stared blearily at Nod. "I just wish there was more. That I could. That I could do, I mean. He’s been taking care of me, and I’m not quite returning the favor. It’s not supposed to be like that.” She ran a shaking hand over her face. That was more than she had meant to say, curse this ‘gift.’ “He deserves more than that.”

"It’s not going to even out as cleanly as you’d like," Tess told her, drawing back so she could see Aurie’s face. "People work and do things for you all the time, and you never think to repay them. O-Or they go and die before you get the chance." That may have been bitter.

"You’ve poured yourself into healing hundreds of our teammates, who have put themselves in the line of fire for you and your boy and me. Your weavers will do the same because of how many times you yelled and drilled them until they got it right. Atonement doesn’t work in a straight line when war’s involved. It’s a web—all connections."

"You’re a good mother. I woul—I’m glad to know you. There are days when I don’t remem… You’re a great mother." She drew Aurie in again, steadying herself.

This time, Aurie’s hug was meant to be comforting instead of taking comfort. “Duty drives us all,” she observed tonelessly, before she pushed away the instinctive bitterness. No good to think of what would have come of that. “I’m glad he has you,” she said with more warmth as the knotted tangle of emotion in her chest was drawn under control. “I’m grateful that you’re here. I’m sorry you had to see me like that.”

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breathe [open rp]

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Aurie clutched at Tess, her body shaking. “I get so tired of the fear,” she mumbled, “but there’s never any way of…curing it or soothing it.” She couldn’t look at Nod. He wasn’t awake, but that she was breaking down like this in front of him hurt. “He’s my child, and i can’t protect him anymore.”

"I know," she breathed, shoulders slumping as her traitor mind wondered if her father had had nights like this. It’s bad enough to fear for your own life, but when it’s someone you love… She glanced over at Nod’s prone form and felt a sharp pang in her chest. She ignored the new burning sensation in her eyes and rubbed Aurie’s back.

"There isn’t. That’s why we have teammates. We do our best to protect each other, and we can make the fear easier," she replied. "You need some teammates. It doesn’t get rid of the fear, but it makes it a hell of a lot more manageable."

"I do trust his fellow guard," Aurie admitted in a whisper. "They do well by him. I just…" she stared blearily at Nod. "I just wish there was more. That I could. That I could do, I mean. He’s been taking care of me, and I’m not quite returning the favor. It’s not supposed to be like that.” She ran a shaking hand over her face. That was more than she had meant to say, curse this ‘gift.’ “He deserves more than that.”

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breathe [open rp]

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Aurie closed her eyes. “He’s my son, my little boy. He hates being called that, but I gave birth to him, he’ll always be my little boy. I can’t lose him, Tess. I just can’t. It will kill me.” She felt ashamed for her words—she’d never spoken to Nod about her fears, but she knew he knew them anyway. She was afraid for him—that was never going to change as long as he donned his armor.

Tess nodded, resting her cheek against Aurie’s crown, smoothing down the brown curls as the woman bared her fear. “He’s safe now,” she murmured, wanting to hug the woman tighter, but reminded of how un-huggable armored bodies could be. “He’s here. He’s hurt, but he’s home. You’re here, and so am I.”

She hesitated. “I’m-I’m afraid, too, Aurie. I think about it every time one of us heads out for patrols or training. It doesn’t go away, and it doesn’t get easier.” In fact, it gets harder to see him go. "The fear’s just become part of living." The words tasted sour in her mouth because she knew it wasn’t really any way for anyone—especially a parent—to live. The helplessness and the dread was a heavy, sometimes, suffocating pall to live beneath.

Aurie clutched at Tess, her body shaking. “I get so tired of the fear,” she mumbled, “but there’s never any way of…curing it or soothing it.” She couldn’t look at Nod. He wasn’t awake, but that she was breaking down like this in front of him hurt. “He’s my child, and i can’t protect him anymore.”

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