devoutish: (put your money where your mouth is)
Alfie Solomons ([personal profile] devoutish) wrote in [community profile] wickedchouette2017-06-18 09:20 pm

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[It's still a novelty to wake up warm. Alfie revels in it a while, drifting in a half-awake state, comforted by the knowledge that he doesn't really have anywhere to be. It's shaping up to be a typical morning in the Meadous... until he cracks an eye open and sees a fox sitting on the floor next to the bed, its nose only a couple of inches away from his face.

He's aware that he should be intensely weirded out by this. He should want to jump up out of bed and shoo the animal out of the house with a broom. And yet... he doesn't. This feels normal. This fox is supposed to be with him - and more than that, it is him, in some weird way. Alfie has no idea how he knows this, but that doesn't affect his conviction in any way.

Without taking his eyes off the creature, he digs an elbow into the side of the man lying next to him.]


Royce. Wake up.
bywolves: (u lost ur damn mind)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-06-19 01:44 am (UTC)(link)
[ Royce makes a grouchy sound and pulls the blankets up over his head, because no, he doesn't have to wake up! He doesn't have to do the whole lockdown thing anymore. They don't have to move. He doesn't answer Alfie, so what he gets instead is the sensation of something heavy and four-legged jumping up on the bed and sitting on him, which startles him. He jolts, and the big, furry white wolf that's flopped out on top of him chuckles quietly. ]
bywolves: (oh fuck.)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-06-19 02:04 am (UTC)(link)
[ Royce wrestles with the covers and practically tries to kick the wolf off the bed, but after a second, he sort of just - pauses. Breathing heavily, he stares at the wolf, who has rolled over to rest on Royce's covered feet. There's a long silence. ]

What? [ Royce says finally, utterly confused. It's just like Alfie feels - this is natural. Nice. ]
bywolves: (say what.)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-06-19 03:04 am (UTC)(link)
[ Royce startles at the voice. The fox is... talking. Okay. The wolf at his feet nibbles at his toes a bit. ]

You've seen stranger things, I think. [ She says, soft, and Royce rubs at his face, utterly confused. ]
bywolves: (da fuq)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-06-19 03:13 am (UTC)(link)
[ Royce makes an incredulous noise, staring at the wolf. She huffs, scooting closer on her belly. He reaches carefully, scratching behind her ears, and she leans into it.

It's like - scratching his own itch. He looks thoroughly weirded out. ]


No, it's... part of me, I think. [ Royce says, and the wolf hums in agreement. ]
bywolves: (hnnnn distance.)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-06-19 03:25 am (UTC)(link)
[ The wolf leans up to lick Royce's face, and he splutters. She laughs - and just casually lays on him, though she's careful not to touch Alfie. She's huge, too, like wolves usually are. Easily almost bigger than Royce. ]

I don't have a name, yet. [ The wolf says, settled comfortably. Royce pets her in that same sort of confused way. ] I can think of a few, but nothing feels right, so far.

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bywolves: (oh really ok fuck you)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-10-06 06:18 am (UTC)(link)
[ Royce makes a grouchy sound, but he does, in fact, scoot over just a little bit to the left like Alfie asks. He's busy listening to the sound of the waves, to the rain sprinkling down lightly over them. He's relaxed, lazily flopped out under the covers, thoroughly lulled. It's maybe a little rare to see him this splayed out.

He actually yawns a little, nosing further under the blankets. ]


Quit pushing. [ Royce says, swatting at Alfie's elbow. ]
bywolves: (smirk.)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-10-06 03:36 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Royce grins a little, lazily, up at Alfie. ]

Moderately. [ And he manages to say that pretty clearly, but judging by the fact that he's as loose and grinning as he is, he's probably past tipsy. ] Did you even have any?
Edited 2017-10-06 15:37 (UTC)
bywolves: (ehh?)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-10-06 03:52 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't drink often. [ Royce protests, reaching up to push Alfie's face. He's the level of drunk that means touching is okay. Nice, even. ] Tastes good. I forget it's alcohol.

Better than whiskey. [ GROSS ]
bywolves: (gullible on the ceiling)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-10-06 04:03 pm (UTC)(link)
The more I drink, the less I taste it. [ Royce says, stretching out with a grunt. He settles back in, nosing affectionately against Alfie like a dumb, drunk cat. ] Do you hear the ocean? With the rain.

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bywolves: (hooded.)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-10-09 07:57 am (UTC)(link)
[ Eventually, they get to go to London. It's sooner than either of them think.

A few months, actually. Zephyr figures out a way to gather enough power for people to decide where they want to go - figures out how to get back and forth between the worlds, and how to keep the Meadous as a center point for it all. John brings all the Norfinbury refugees through, lets them recover, and then sends them home, and - well, as for Royce and Alfie, they end up going back together.

But first, Royce has to go home. Take care of a few things. He gathers Mercy, tells her everything, or as much as her six year old mind can manage, and then takes her to go see Hadrian and Arista. He explains to them what's going on. That he'll visit. That he has a plan, and that he needs their support, and listen, they can get ahold of him if they leave a message for Zephyr. The little godling is more than happy to oblige.

And then, Mercy and Royce head to London. Royce carries her carefully through the portal, and shows up right outside Alfie's flat. Right outside the door, inside the building. The way time works is that Alfie's been here a day or two without Royce, Zephyr had explained. Royce has no idea if Alfie's even home.

If he isn't, Mercy's going to get her first lesson on how to pick locks. ]
raccoongirl: (032)

does this real quick first, just because

[personal profile] raccoongirl 2017-10-09 04:58 pm (UTC)(link)
[The fact that it happens so quickly makes Alfie nervous - not for his sake, but for Royce's. He would have preferred that Royce have more time to think the decision over before having to make it, and the fact that he has to basically make an impulse decision... it's not ideal.

But it's not as bad as it could be. He'll still have access to his home world, and if he changes his mind for any reason, he'll be able to go home. Just the idea of it makes Alfie's stomach lurch, but he resolves to hide that as much as possible. He wants Royce to feel wanted, but he doesn't want him to feel guilted into staying if he ends up unhappy.

But that's Alfie. Alfie, as it happens, does not appear to be home - or at least, he doesn't answer when Mercy pushes past Royce to ensure that she's the first to rap on the door. She only gives him about two seconds to come to the door before she turns back to look at Royce.]


He's not here! Can I go outside and explore?
bywolves: (i didn't do it)

yasssss

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-10-09 05:04 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Royce looks amused, crouching down next to her and resting a hand on her back. ]

You should probably give him a few seconds to respond to the knock. He's slower than we are. [ A beat. ] I don't want you to explore without me though. Promise.
raccoongirl: (029)

[personal profile] raccoongirl 2017-10-09 06:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I promise.

[She says it in that easy little girl way, the way that means "I promise right now and I really mean it, but if something exciting comes along I might just forget".]

It's loud here, and there aren't any windows. Will there be windows inside?

[A beat.]

He's still not coming.
bywolves: (you're going to regret that.)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-10-09 06:07 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Mercy is going to give him so many heart attacks, living here. Royce sighs a bit, and leans to carefully press a kiss against the side of her head. It's easy to do, easier than he ever thought. ]

There will be windows inside. It's not too loud for you, is it? Doesn't hurt? [ A beat, and then: ] If he's not going to answer, we'll get in ourselves.
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[personal profile] raccoongirl 2017-10-09 06:13 pm (UTC)(link)
It's not too loud.

[The walls help to muffle the noise from the street, and in the middle of the day, the hallway is pretty quiet. There's the faint sound of a wailing baby coming from somewhere and two women are chatting in the stairwell, but that's all.]

Are we going to pry the door hinges off?
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bywolves: (you know that right)

[personal profile] bywolves 2017-10-09 06:16 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Good. Royce doesn't think it's incredibly loud either, so he's glad they're on the same page. When she suggests how they might get in, Royce raises his eyebrow at her. ]

Seems like a lot of work when we could just pick the lock. [ Royce tells her. He pulls his kit from his pockets. ] Do you want to see how I do it?
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[personal profile] raccoongirl 2017-10-09 06:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes!

[She's practically bouncing with excitement.]

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