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Charles' room reflects the home where he grew up in Westchester, dark woods and colors, a fireplace and a chess board surrounded by two comfortable chairs.

As they enter, he goes to pour a drink for himself and Jay before sitting down by the board, "Black or white?"

Date: 2014-04-15 04:25 am (UTC)
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He looks around the room with an appreciative smile. "Nice. Very cosy."

"Whatever you'd prefer. I'm easy." Jay smiles to himself. "Apparently in more ways than one."

Date: 2014-04-15 04:39 am (UTC)
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Jay chuckles darkly and turns the board, setting it up with care. "Sorry, Charles. It's just who I am. Which I suspect is what keeps getting me in trouble."

He flashes Charles a quick smile. "But your virtue's safe with me."

Date: 2014-04-15 04:50 am (UTC)
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The inside of my mind is a filthy, filthy place. You sure you want to be in here?

He makes the first move, trying to remember enough of what Alfred taught him not to make a fool of himself.

Date: 2014-04-15 05:05 am (UTC)
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Don't say you won't warned. He shares a brief but intense moment from last night: on his knees, his head on Eric's thigh, tight black leather over muscle against his cheek as the vampire kisses the skin of his inner wrist with the promise of both pleasure and pain.

"My grandfather Alfred." It's weird to think of Eric and Alfred in the same conversation but he manages it. "I say grandfather but he was the manservant to my mentor but the closest thing I've had to family."

Date: 2014-04-15 05:16 am (UTC)
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Sorry, it was exactly that kind of night. The fact there was an entire bar full of people watching at that point shouldn't have made it even more of a turn on.

"Alfred raised Bruce after his parents died, I think knowing Bruce would never settle down and have a normal life. I think that's part of why he was so protective of us, the adopted sons."

Date: 2014-04-15 05:32 am (UTC)
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Like you said, a place that panders to expectations. He shows Charles a room full of sad and desperate people, all longing to be made special by the attention of the vampires. There were things going on that night, political uses between the vamps that could easily have scared away the punters. I suspect I made a rather spectacular distraction to keep the crowd happy and hoping.

"One before me and if the rumours I've heard are true, two after. Though rarely at the same time."

Date: 2014-04-15 05:46 am (UTC)
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Jay shrugs. It was a game. Something that only worked because Eric and I know and to a degree, trust each other. I trusted me to follow his lead and play out the scene and he was more than grateful once we were somewhere private.

Again, he shrugs. "Bruce's adopted sons were only that in public. In private, we were his sidekicks in the field, his partners in the mission. I only got picked up because Dick got sick of being in his shadow and moved on."

Date: 2014-04-16 02:36 am (UTC)
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Part of what makes it fun, I guess. There's a thrill in knowing everything could shift in a second and being ready for that too.

Jay laughs bitterly, concentrating on the board for a moment. "You're preaching to the choir here. I can understand taking Dickie in. They both lost their parents in front of their eyes. I can see why B thought he could help but honestly - the man's an emotional retard. He could handle Dick as a partner and sidekick but he didn't know how to deal when Dick grew up. Dickie a passionate soul who needs people. He couldn't stay locked down in the cave forever."

"By then B was use to having someone with him. And I was a violent, dangerous little snot who filled Dick's shoes a little too easy."

He sighs and takes a sip of his drink. "I won't have cared if he's replaced me 'cause I moved on but I got killed. And he went an picked another kid to throw out into the firing line." His expression grows dark. "And if what I hear is right, the newest one is actually his blood." And Talia's. He's not sure which scares him more.

Date: 2014-04-16 03:06 am (UTC)
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Jay shakes his head. “Eric isn’t part of who I am. I’m not that fucked up. He’s fun and he gives me an outlet for a side of myself that I don’t get to explore much but he doesn’t define me. I enjoy the things I can do with him. I won’t lie there but it’s a want not a need.”

“As for B... I don’t know. It was easier with Talia – I had a debt and I was paying it but now that that’s over with...”

“I can’t go back to being who I was with B. That part of my past died a messy death and the bridges are burnt long ago. Besides, the things I did for Talia would be unforgivable to him just as letting another kid out in the field while the monster who killed me is still out there is unforgivable to me.”

He runs his hands through his hair, pushing it back from his face and he stands and paces the room. “Shit Charles. I don’t know. I wish I could stay the mechanic forever but that’s just running away.”

Date: 2014-04-16 04:05 am (UTC)
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“I can’t stay here, Charles. I would. Gladly. But... there are still things I need to do back home.” The monster who killed me is still alive and free. That can’t stand. B won’t avenge me. I have to do it myself.

{ooc: sorry!}

Date: 2014-04-16 04:15 am (UTC)
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Jay's laugh is brittle and slightly pained. "Charles. I don't know what healthy is!"

Date: 2014-04-16 04:26 am (UTC)
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"How?" It comes out somewhere between disbelief and pleading.

Date: 2014-04-16 04:35 am (UTC)
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Jay leans against the wall near the fireplace, letting the warmth sink in. He feels like he's coming apart at the seams right now. He'd pull Charles into a hug, just for the warmth of touching someone right now if he wasn't so worried he'd end up kissing him.

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