02 December 2008 @ 09:47 pm
[IC] No Return Yet  
Despite promising himself that he'd return home today, Steven is still out, traversing the woods.

It's getting dark out yet again. Steven walks through this seemingly endless forest, the undergrowth beneath his feet crunches slightly as it is still a little frozen from the previous night's frost.

Steven shivers as he walks further through the damp forest. The previous night had been bitter and frigid- not at all ideal for sleeping outside in. He looks tired, as if he barely slept the night before. Though, it's hard to tell if it as because of the cold or from worry that he didn't sleep.

In all actuality, Steven does not look very well. He hadn't planned to stay out beyond just one day. The food he packed is long since eaten up. Lacking vitality like this, he moves with less of his usual bright, abundant energy and more as if he's starting to get rather weak. The clothes he has on aren't really designed for such wet, cold conditions. He is soaked to the core and in a rather bad way, yet he still can't quite make himself turn around and go back home again.

Steven must hate me for running away... I want to go back, but how can I now? How can I face him if I can't even face my own issues...?

Steven wraps his arms around himself tightly, still shivering. He looks around for another hollow in a tree to take shelter in. After almost an hour of looking, he finds one. He sits in it, curled up tightly. And just like the night previously, he finds himself sobbing hopelessly at the situation he's gotten himself into...
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[identity profile] ironblueaura.livejournal.com on December 2nd, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
*Riley never goes for strolls like this. But somehow, he had found himself unable to sleep. So, in the very early hours of the morning, he finds himself traversing through the misty forest, treading carefully so he doesn't trip over the thick undergrowth.

It isn't terribly long before he happens across the figure under the tree.*

...Eh?

*He prods Steven gently, not recognising him at first.*
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Steven Stone: sad[personal profile] whisperingsteel on December 2nd, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
*Steven hadn't been asleep, when Riley happened upon him. He was still too frantically anxious to sleep.

However, he hadn't been expecting to find someone else out here, let alone a familiar face. He looks up when Riley prods him.*

Ngh?
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[identity profile] ironblueaura.livejournal.com on December 2nd, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
...What the--

STEVE?!
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Steven Stone: sad[personal profile] whisperingsteel on December 2nd, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
*Looks up at Riley for a moment, blinking. In the dim light, it is perhaps hard to make out faces, but Steven would recognise his voice anywhere.*

R-Riley...?
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[identity profile] ironblueaura.livejournal.com on December 2nd, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
Jeez, man, what're you doing out here?

*Kneels down in front of him, gently putting a hand on either of Steven's shoulders.*
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Steven Stone: looking away[personal profile] whisperingsteel on December 2nd, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
*Looks away a little.*

T-trying to sleep...
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[identity profile] ironblueaura.livejournal.com on December 2nd, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
...You know, people usually sleep in houses. In their beds.

Not under trees.

In my experience, anyway.

...Did something happen?
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Steven Stone: hesitant[personal profile] whisperingsteel on December 2nd, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
W-what...? N-no!

*Looks slightly guilty.*

M-maybe...

S-sort of...
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[identity profile] ironblueaura.livejournal.com on December 2nd, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
So that's a yes.

*Brushes back some of Steven's hair to look at his face.*

Jeez, you look awful... Like ya haven't been eatin' or something.
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Steven Stone: hesitant[personal profile] whisperingsteel on December 2nd, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
*Steven looks up at him for a brief moment, but can't seem to make eye contact with him. He looks away again, eyes tearful.*

I haven't... I didn't bring enough food with me. I didn't plan for this to happen...
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[identity profile] ironblueaura.livejournal.com on December 2nd, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
Plan for what to...

...You know what, it doesn't matter right now. Come on.

*Hauls Steven up slowly, carefully.*

Can you walk?
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Steven Stone: hesitant[personal profile] whisperingsteel on December 2nd, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
*Catches Riley's arm and holds onto him slightly for support, despite that he tries hard not to have to.*

I... I think so...
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[identity profile] ironblueaura.livejournal.com on December 2nd, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
*Looks a little concerned for his friend, pondering what to do. After a moment he bends down slightly, swoops an arm under Steven's knees and around his shoulders, then scoops him up.*

Just rest for a bit until we get back to mine, okay? You look like you need it.
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Steven Stone: ...blush[personal profile] whisperingsteel on December 2nd, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
*Steven goes a little tense at suddenly being picked up, especially as he's not used to anyone other than his fiance. After a moment or so, he relaxes into his touch and leans against Riley somewhat.

He shuts his eyes a little, trying to relax.*
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[identity profile] ironblueaura.livejournal.com on December 2nd, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
*Slowly enough as to not disturb him, but quick enough to make good time, Riley heads back towards his cave. It isn't long before it comes into view, the light from the inside acting as a beacon. His pace quickens a little as he approaches it.

The first thing he does once he gets inside is to turn his portable heater on to full blast, and set Steven down besides it.*

Jeez, you're soaking... alright, off with those clothes. You can borrow some of mine.
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Steven Stone: ...blush[personal profile] whisperingsteel on December 2nd, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
*As he's put down, Steven sits on the floor. He wants to ask where Riley got a heater from, but doesn't.

Instead, he carefully peels off his soaking wet scarf and coat, followed eventually by the rest of his clothes. He shivers a little, now down just to his underwear. He looks very awkward.*
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[identity profile] ironblueaura.livejournal.com on December 2nd, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
*Puts a long, thick fleecy jumper on the heater as he undresses, and hands it to him once he's done.*

I'd offer ya some trousers, but... I don't think I have anything that'd fit you. Sorry.
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Steven Stone: hesitant[personal profile] whisperingsteel on December 2nd, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
*Steven pulls the jumper on quickly as it's offered to him. It's too big for him, coming to practically his knees. Still, it's warm and dry and he looks grateful for it.*

T-that's okay. This'll do fine...
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[identity profile] ironblueaura.livejournal.com on December 2nd, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
*Throws a similarly thick and fleecy blanket over him, rubbing Steven's arms a little in a vague attempt to warm him up.*

Ya hungry?
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Steven Stone: ...blush[personal profile] whisperingsteel on December 2nd, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
*Pulls the blanket closer around himself and nods a little.*

Um, y-yeah...
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[identity profile] ironblueaura.livejournal.com on December 2nd, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
*Disappears behind a cave wall, and comes back a few minutes later with a plate of toasties and a cup of tea. He offers the plate out first.*
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Steven Stone: hesitant[personal profile] whisperingsteel on December 2nd, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
*Takes the plate from him and gets comfortable sat in front of the heater, looking slightly incredulous.*

T-thank you...

You remembered I like toasted sandwiches...
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[identity profile] ironblueaura.livejournal.com on December 2nd, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
Of course. What kind of best friend would I be if I didn't?

Now eat up~!
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Steven Stone: looking away[personal profile] whisperingsteel on December 3rd, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
*Steven doesn't need telling twice. He eats the toasties quickly- even though he hadn't eaten since the day before, he was still surprised at his own hunger.*

I... I needed that...
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[identity profile] ironblueaura.livejournal.com on December 3rd, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
*Silently hands him the cup of tea once he's done with the toasties, then shuffles up next to him.*

So, Steve... mind telling me just what you were doing out there?
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