didntseeit: (gunslinger (of a kind))
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Without really saying anything, Mal and Ajedrez have been meeting for fencing lessons. All winter, in fact, since Mal offered. All spring, too, and all of summer up to today and Ajedrez is getting very good at it. Some people are natural fighters, and for all her money and refined voice, Ajedrez is a natural fighter.

Still, she is only human and they've been at it for a while today, so when she pulls back she's breathing heavily and brown whisps of hair cling to her sweaty face.

Date: 2007-07-24 05:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] not-one-drop.livejournal.com
"You're better," Mal says, sheathing her sword in an easy, practiced motion.

"That's good."

Date: 2007-07-24 05:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] didntseeit.livejournal.com
Ajedrez has one hand against her knee, behinding over for a long moment before straightening up.

"Fuck." She says, and then grins at her. "It's fun."

Date: 2007-07-24 05:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] not-one-drop.livejournal.com
"'s work, too." She grins back, cheerful. "And you can now kill someone with a sword. Congratulations."

Date: 2007-07-24 05:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] didntseeit.livejournal.com
Ajedrez's grin widens.

"It's what I've always wanted to do."

Date: 2007-07-24 05:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] not-one-drop.livejournal.com
A raised eyebrow.

"Ever since you were a little girl?"

Date: 2007-07-24 06:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] not-one-drop.livejournal.com
"...huh."

Beat.

"Well, I've fulfilled a lifelong dream, then. Feels all warm and fuzzy inside."

Date: 2007-07-24 06:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] didntseeit.livejournal.com
"Haven't actually killed anyone yet," she points out.

Date: 2007-07-24 06:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] not-one-drop.livejournal.com
Pause.

A smart step backwards.

Date: 2007-07-24 06:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] not-one-drop.livejournal.com
"Well." There's a pause. "Technically dead anyway, so...I don't count?"

Date: 2007-07-24 06:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] didntseeit.livejournal.com
"Keep telling yourself that, honey."

Date: 2007-07-24 06:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] not-one-drop.livejournal.com
Another step away.

"I have a better idea. Let's just put down the sword and go have a drink."

Date: 2007-07-24 06:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] didntseeit.livejournal.com
"Think about it logically," Ajedres suggests. "I can't kill you if I can't get away afterwards, can I?"

Date: 2007-07-27 06:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] not-one-drop.livejournal.com
"That hasn't stopped some people."

She is still being eyed suspiciously.

Date: 2007-07-27 06:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] didntseeit.livejournal.com
She glances at Mal, sharply.

"Hey," she says, softly. "If I don't get tipped over into a blind rage, I can keep a hold of my temper."

Date: 2007-07-27 06:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] not-one-drop.livejournal.com
"Excellent."

Finally relaxing. "But I'd still love it if you'd put the sword down."

Date: 2007-07-27 06:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] didntseeit.livejournal.com
There is that soft, husky laugh again, but she does just that.

"Feeling better, nina?"

Date: 2007-07-27 06:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] not-one-drop.livejournal.com
"Just a little."

Moving forward to pick it up, she raises an eyebrow at Ajedrez. "But if you want to kill someone with it that badly, you can take it home with you."

Date: 2007-07-27 06:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] didntseeit.livejournal.com
Ajedrez flips it around and hands it to her, hilt first.

"We have some at home, I just never really played with them. Besides, guns are more the name of the game when I get out."

(stand and shoot)

Date: 2007-07-28 05:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] not-one-drop.livejournal.com
"Well." She takes the sword, but doesn't move off, just stands and watches her.

"Must be an interesting place."

Date: 2007-07-28 05:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] didntseeit.livejournal.com
They are, if Mal cares to notice, standing rather close now.

"It is. Rough and violent and beautiful."

Date: 2007-07-28 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] not-one-drop.livejournal.com
Mal glances up at Ajedrez, watching her eyes.

"It sounds hard."

Date: 2007-07-28 05:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] didntseeit.livejournal.com
She shakes her head.

"It's not. It's passionate and full of life and colour. Rich colour, not like here."

Date: 2007-07-28 05:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] not-one-drop.livejournal.com
It's not really a laugh, just a low exhale, a faint smile.

"Pretty. You must love it."

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