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 Just Remember to Breathe, Alice/Oryn
Oryn Blake
 Posted: Feb 11 2013, 3:30 PM
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"Sam says kinda the same thing," he sighed, "And you're both right, and it doesn't matter anyway. It's hitting the trades by Monday and the cat'll be out of that bag."

He run his thumb over hers, watching that for a second before looking back up. "Now you. How's this week's 'cast coming?"


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Alice Vance
 Posted: Feb 11 2013, 3:48 PM
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There was no better way to divert Alice off any subject, and he had to know that by now. She wriggled a little in her seat just for the joy of it. "They arrive in Davisport this week, following Mary Sue. James gets distracted by seeing Lyssa and wanting to 'pay her his respects'," the 'cast's euphemism for sex, "but midway through him and Lyssa exchanging compliments with these over-the-top moans and slapping noises, Delilah bursts in to tell him that Mary Sue has taken Timothy hostage and is refusing to let him go until he admits that he's in love with her."

She beamed at him. "They're doing the sound post-prod tomorrow, it's gonna be awesome. Seriously, half of us were laughing so hard that we kept ruining takes, the sex scene was beautiful. We pulled a bunch of quotes directly from the books, and so he tells her that she has 'fragrant pillows of sweetness' and 'the taste of honey on [her] flushing peaks' and she compliments the 'iron-hard proof of his desire' and stuff. We were dying."


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Oryn Blake
 Posted: Feb 12 2013, 1:49 PM
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He was laughing, too, but looking more than a little embarrassed as well. "They make you use those phrases, I swear to God. They said using the actual words or not so crazy slang was too 'clinical' for the target audience." It was sadly true and he'd gone along with it because he'd wanted published. But then he'd written a lot of books and now just used them without thinking about it.

Hearing it all out loud was kind of mortifying, though.


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Alice Vance
 Posted: Feb 12 2013, 2:08 PM
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She reached up, touched his heated cheek. "No, no, I totally understand. I just, you've got to see the funny in it too?" She bit down at her bottom lip again, a habit of hers when she was trying to hold her eternal smiles in check--this time because she was afraid it would seem like mockery instead of nerves.

"This isn't a dilemma I really thought about ahead of time," she admitted. "I don't want you to think we're making fun of you, hurt your feelings. We're doing the books because they're popular, but we're doing ten episodes on them because they're good. Because there's fun stuff to run around in and play with." What was she going to do if he wasn't okay with it? They'd already written the next two scripts and sketched out the rest of the run. It would suck to scrap it now, but...Oryn. Did that make her pathetic? Maybe.


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Oryn Blake
 Posted: Feb 12 2013, 2:56 PM
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"I know," he said, surprising because she was touching his face and he really wanted to just sit back and giggle about that. "I know it's funny. Mortifyingly funny. Kinda one of the reasons why I never broadcast that I write that stuff, you know?"

He didn't really know what else to say without sounding pathetic. "Writers," he rolled his eyes, "So sensitive. It's fine, honest."


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 Posted: Feb 12 2013, 3:14 PM
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That eased some of the tension in her chest, but not all. She sat back and re-found her drink, fussing with it in a way that seemed like actual nervousness for the first time tonight. "As long as you're sure. It's just silliness, you know? We're just a pack of idiots playing on the internet." She just...didn't want to hurt his feelings.


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Oryn Blake
 Posted: Feb 12 2013, 4:03 PM
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"I wasn't lying when I said I'm a huge fan of the 'cast," he told her, "I tune in every week, even before I met you. It's just a little different when it's my stuff. But seriously, that's because I'm being over sensitive." He really was aware of it, he just couldn't seem to help it.

"My feelings aren't hurt, honest."


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Alice Vance
 Posted: Feb 12 2013, 4:24 PM
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She looked back up at him, still a little uncertain but the smile steadied out as she studied his face. "Okay." A quick glance around and then, "Do you want to go try the dartboards or join that trivia game or something? I bet between us we could kick everybody else's ass at Romance Fiction Trivia. And how funny will it be when later everybody figures out why you killed it?" Something to break the awkwardness that had risen, get both their minds on other things. And, she was willing to admit it to herself, maneuver it to where she was next to him instead of across the table in hopes of getting more of that hanging on to one another thing they had going earlier.


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Oryn Blake
 Posted: Feb 12 2013, 7:32 PM
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"Sure." He stood, tossed back the rest of his drink and left it there, reaching for her hand and pulling her out of her chair, but then deferring to her.

"Lead the way," he said, letting her pull him toward the trivia game but tugging her back when he caught sight of Sam. He didn't think about whether or not it would help with the awkward, he just saw her and waved her over. "Hang on, Sam's here, want you to meet her."

He didn't let go of her hand as Sam closed the distance and grinned so big he looked in danger of swallowing his own face as he introduced them. "Alice, Sam. What took you so long?" he asked his friend.


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 Posted: Feb 12 2013, 7:40 PM
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Sam beamed at Oryn, "God, she's cute. You didn't mention the excellent boobage." Then whirled on Alice with an equally brilliant smile. "Hi, how are you? He behaving himself? By which I mean pushing his luck at least a little bit and not crawling into his shell and being all 'no no she wouldn't want to be kissed'?"

Alice laughed, going pink across the cheekbones but rallying immediately. "Hi Sam, I'm good. He is doing a little bit of shell pulling, but I've been yanking him back out the best I can. It turns out that if you mention panties, it sort of shocks him into pliability."

A sage nod, "I actually may have known that, in a platonic I'm-the-lesbian way."

Grinning at that oh-so-subtle reassurance, Alice squeezed Oryn's hand. "I'm guessing that you make picking on him into an art form, then?"

Sam gave Oryn a sappy smile. "He's my muse. Also, I'm late because I had to run to the studio to drop off some SD cards."



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Oryn Blake
 Posted: Feb 12 2013, 7:55 PM
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"They all do it," Oryn said, of Sam and Ben and Clay, but he was grinning, too. "I kind of make it easy." He was still flushing a bit from the entire minute's worth of conversation before this, even if Alice did have amazing boobs and he did get flustered at the mention of panties. Obviously.

"They're playing porn in the pool room," he informed her, somehow feeling safe about saying that now, "And apparently it's inspiring people, just to warn you." Because she'd wander off eventually and hey, if she wanted in that was her business, but no one wanted to wander in on God knew what on accident. "So, um, be careful where you step."



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 Posted: Feb 12 2013, 8:06 PM
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A crack of laughter. "I'll have to check that out a little later. First, booze! What are you drinking?"

"That pink thing," was Alice's firm preference. "We were gonna go play trivia, but if you want to--"

Sam cut her off, "Let me make the rounds real quick and I'll come be your cheering squad." And with just a tug at Oryn's shirt she was off, grabbing a double-handful of drinks and yet immediately getting distracted by talking to her buddy Eric, who posed for Diana sometimes.

Alice grinned at Oryn. "So, they're all like that?"



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Oryn Blake
 Posted: Feb 12 2013, 8:19 PM
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"Like what?" he asked, not sure which bit Alice was asking about and finally landing on, "Awesome? Yes." And he meant it. They all, and he figured she meant his friends, were.

"Okay, so I don't want to play trivia," he then told her, feeling inordinately brave because Sam was here now. He did not bother exploring the reasoning there. Instead, he grabbed another drink from a passing tray, handed it to her and led her to one of the darker corners, sitting down and pulling her into his lap, half waiting for him to punch him for it.

But he'd been looking around at all the people and hell, Miri was melting stiff guy and he'd bet his favorite hat they'd only just met. It was enough to have him working on his nerve and phase one of that was a darker corner and lap sitting.


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 Posted: Feb 12 2013, 8:29 PM
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"Fantastic. I can't wait." Which she said about his friends, but which applied equally to not playing trivia and instead sitting somewhere quieter and halfway into his lap. Which would have been all the way in his lap if she were sure he could handle her weight, but she got an arm around his shoulders and snuggled up against him which hopefully conveyed her opinions on the matter.


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 Posted: Feb 12 2013, 8:59 PM
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The half way thing wasn't working for him, it seemed awkward, like she'd have to work to stay balanced. Luckily for him, shifter strength was what it was no matter how dominant or not one was. He just picked her up like she weighed nothing and settled her fully across his legs. Much better.

Feeling a sort of high just from doing that, he went ahead and got his arms loosely around her waist. "Better," he decided, feeling shy now but not enough to hide from what was happening. God, she smelled good. It was that much stronger with her this close and hell, here went nothing.

He curled a hand around the back of her neck, sliding his thumb over her jaw, her bottom lip, making it very clear where he was going, giving her plenty of time to pull away, surprised, no matter how much they clicked, when she didn't, and kissing her, slow and soft and sweet.


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