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 Kevin had been leaning against the wall, his eyes closed as he tried to sort through the memories that had suddenly returned to him.  He had turned a corner in the Rainsworth house and found himself in an alley in what looked like Reveille.  His expression shifted as a specific name slid to the forefront of his mind and he cursed under his breath, moving a moment later. 

The route was familiar and he found himself at the door of an apartment before he lifted a hand to knock.  He had forgotten so much in his time back at Rainsworth and while he now knew more than he had during his time here before,  it didn't change the fact he'd likely damaged what few things he'd had that mattered to him. 

Date: 2012-02-27 09:18 am (UTC)
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Liam is asleep--not a typical occurrence in the past several days--and it is Gwen who answers the door.

Fortunately, she recognizes him and lets him in, and lets him know where Liam is and how he's been, before gathering what little she brought and leaving them.

Date: 2012-02-27 09:26 am (UTC)
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The near contact stirs Liam anyway, and when he blinks at Kevin he has a moment where he wonders exactly where he is; it's too blurry without his glasses to quite tell. Is this Kevin, or Break? Is he at the Mansion, or home?

But if he remembers the Mansion, that makes it clear.

"You're back?" he finally whispers.

Date: 2012-02-27 09:35 am (UTC)
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Liam sits up.

"Several weeks. I thought... at first you may have been killed. There was a serial killer... But Gilbert said you weren't involved."

He reaches for his glasses.

"How long was it for you?"

Date: 2012-02-27 09:42 am (UTC)
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He puts them on and brings Kevin into focus before that hits him and he stares a bit.

"That long...?"

Is this still Kevin, then?

"I... honestly don't know. I've stayed away from it. I came across one of the bodies in the square." Where, as Kevin may recall, his own body was found. "And... one of the Breaks was murdered. The one with the accent. Separate incident, is my understanding."

Date: 2012-02-27 10:01 am (UTC)
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That doesn't exactly answer his unasked question, but he doesn't bother asking again.

"Not that I know of. I don't know any other details."

Liam nods.

"My understanding is it is... unrelated to that as well."

He shakes his head and offers a slight smile, trying to lighten the mood.

"Aside from my younger self deciding he likes dresses? Nothing I can think of."

Date: 2012-02-27 10:26 am (UTC)
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The sudden switch... Is this Kevin or Break, he finds himself wondering again. Or something in between?

"I'm sure he will. My understanding is he found it very entertaining to fool people on St. Bridget's Day."

Liam blinks, startled by the formality of his speech and demeanor.

"... Apology? You were injured, and had been through quite a bit. It... wasn't surprising, really."

Date: 2012-02-27 10:41 am (UTC)
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Liam realizes abruptly what he's talking about.

"I didn't blame you. You were upset. But thank you."

Date: 2012-02-28 03:34 am (UTC)
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"... It's been off and on," he admits softly.

"I was doing alright, and then I came across that body. I'm mostly alright now, and Gwen stayed to make sure I was okay."

Date: 2012-02-28 04:19 am (UTC)
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"I was a bit ill near the square. She helped me home."

Liam shifts a bit uncomfortably.

"I didn't do much."

Date: 2012-02-28 04:59 am (UTC)
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Liam goggles for a moment, and sputters, completely flustered.


And it's honestly the first time he's really considered such a thing. Despite the closet incident.

Date: 2012-03-06 02:38 am (UTC)
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Liam is surprised by the question. Is Kevin disinterested in staying...?

It takes him a moment to compose a reply.

"You... If you're still interested, you're welcome to stay."

There's a lot packed into that response.

Date: 2012-03-06 05:15 am (UTC)
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Liam isn't quite sure what to make of the response and looks at his hands in his lap awkwardly.

"...You're staying?"

He requires clarification.

Date: 2012-03-07 05:16 am (UTC)
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Liam is quiet for a moment.

"It is," he finally says.


Date: 2012-03-09 07:35 am (UTC)
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"..Then I'll stay." Kevin was quiet after he'd spoken.

Liam nods, and studies him for a moment. "It's been longer than a few weeks for you, hasn't it." He's different than he was before. Different enough.

"...Two years from the time I came out of the Abyss."

"That long?" Liam's eyes widen a bit. "Then you've met me, in your world. Or your version of me."

"..He'd left to go to Barma before I came here."

"Oh. I'm sorry for having bothered you at that age." It's the only thing he can think to say. "I didn't understand at that point."

"...You didn't bother me so there's nothing to apologize for."

He raises an eyebrow at that, a bit disbelieving. "I startled you, at least, on several occasions."

"You were how old?" Kevin leaned over him, one eyebrow rising slightly in answer to Liam's. "You were a child. I didn't hold it against you."

"I know that." He blinks at Kevin's proximity. "But still..."

"But nothing. It's in the past for you and it hardly applies here, does it?"

"I suppose not," he murmurs. Kevin leaning over him... Well, he may as well admit it. "... I missed you."

"..If I'd remembered, I likely would have missed you too." quietly. "You did a lot for me before....."

Liam flushes slightly and looks down. "Only what I could do. It wasn't much." Especially not after he'd been killed.

"....You downplay yourself too much."

"I wasn't able to help much, after what happened, I mean."

".....Are you apologizing for being killed?"

Liam winces. "That... wasn't really my intent. For not being able to help you much afterward, I mean."

".....Liam, you were /traumatized. "

"I know. But it did mean that I wasn't helpful afterward."

"And it wasn't /your/ fault."

"I know that. I'm not blaming myself. I'm just saying... I wasn't as helpful to you as I would have liked."

"I understand."

Liam nods. It's odd to be having a sort-of argument with Kevin at this moment, when he's finally back. "I'm doing better. I... came across one of the bodies. In the square. And I've stayed in for the most part since." Normally he would be helping with the investigation where possible, but after his reaction he's staying away.

"...Understandable." quietly "You're not likely to deal well with that for quite a while."

"Likely not." He sighs softly. "You're doing better?"

"I am, yes."

Date: 2012-03-09 07:37 am (UTC)
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Liam smiles slightly.

"I'm glad. Shelly's influence was always good for you."

Date: 2012-03-10 03:02 am (UTC)
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Liam nods.

"That's why I didn't... couldn't tell you. You didn't know her well enough. I couldn't risk her being hurt any more. What she was forced to do... That hurt her enough."

Date: 2012-03-10 03:53 am (UTC)
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Liam shakes his head.

"No. I'll sleep later. I'm awake now."

He actually doesn't want to sleep, despite being tired. He really has missed Kevin.

Date: 2012-03-11 05:50 am (UTC)
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Liam blinks at that.


He can't quite hide his disappointment, but he moves as though to get up to try to hide it anyway.

"Gilbert seemed to be investigating."


Date: 2012-03-22 06:31 am (UTC)
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"Then I should speak with him, I suppose..."

Liam nods, frowning just slightly. "Alright. I'll just-- stay here, then."


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