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 Adjustments, Lillian applies her prosthetics
Jarek
Posted: Aug 1 2012, 03:48 PM


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Somewhat lost in his own thoughts till a moment ago, Jarek hadn't registered any hint of Lillian's emotional turmoil, and now that he paid her his undivided attention he wasn't certain what to make of her silent reaction. Did she not want to answer him because she didn't know what to make of his invitation, or was she maybe just tired from her attempts to stand on her new feet? Having learned patience from long hours working the fields of his grandparents' farm, the thought that she could be frustrated by a lack of immediate progress didn't enter his mind, a somewhat alien concept to his perception how progress was achieved in most things.

"Ah... If you are not hungry, I still would not mind company, but if you need to rest, maybe we will see each other another time?"

He took a step back, towards the door, still facing her, but intending to give her a little more room, both to find her answer and get into her chair. It was really up to her now, he figured, but Jarek hoped she would answer with more than silence this time. If not he would have to do some serious thinking about what exactly he had said and where he had gone wrong a prospect he didn't look forward to, not least because his first instinct told him he hadn't said anything wrong.


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Lillian
Posted: Sep 13 2012, 04:37 AM


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Lillian felt a tremor of fear lance through her as he spoke and began to move away. She had not meant to distance herself from Jarek like this. She was being incredibly rude, but tears were now rolling down her cheeks, and she couldn't possibly turn to him now without revealing the state she was in. With every moment that passed, however, she would lose her chance to turn back the clock on her folly, perhaps forever. She had to make a decision...

"No! Wait...please..." her voice was thin and shaky, but, she hoped, loud enough to hault his retreat.

Bringing her hand up to her face, she sacrificed her dignity and scrubbed quickly at her eyes, wiping away her tears and taking a steadying breath, which she expelled in a heavy, shuddering sigh that managed to relieve much of her inner tension. She finally turned to look back up at him, her freckled cheeks apple-red from their rub, her face flushed in general from the combined embarrassment and tears. She forced a grin to appear.

"I'm sorry, Jarek. I'd love to come along...if you'd just give me a moment..." Her voice was stronger now, and she did her best to stress her grin into a more genuine smile before turning to her wheelchair. She reached across to the chair and tugged at the purse that hung from the back of it. The nurse quickly passed the item over, and she started digging in it for a handkerchief.
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Jarek
Posted: Sep 14 2012, 04:11 PM


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Jarek opened his mouth to speak and took a step forward again, when Lillian addressed him, only to shut his mouth again and stop dead in his tracks when she turned her head towards him. It was painfully clear to see now that she had been crying, and he didn't know what to make of that or how to react.

"Mmhmm," was all he could manage at first. At least now he was certain that he hadn't said anything wrong. For certain nothing he had said could have provoked such a strong reaction, and the smile the redhead managed to find after a moment looked genuine enough to convince him she bore him no ill. That left only two possible reasons he could see, and he envied her for neither, for either she was saddened by the reminder of her loss, or disappointed by her inability to stand.

Jarek sighed, not even trying to hide the helpless sympathy he felt for her in that moment. What he tried his best to hide was extend of the frustration he felt in that moment for the fact that there was sadly little he could do to help this young woman. He could not bring her legs back, and he could not just will her to stand and walk on her prostheses.

He reached into a pocket of his cargo pants and produced a blue and white checkered cotton handkerchief that he held out to Lillian. "Is only a bit crumpled, not used, don't worry."


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