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1077089 No. 1077089 ID: 15a025

A sequel to the Behind Bars series
https://questden.org/wiki/Behind_Closed_Bars
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No. 1079911 ID: 15a025
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1079911

I turn to the sink and Kaari turns it on, but carefully. There’s just a thin stream of water coming out the faucet.
Kaari: “Little easier on the ears if its just a slow stream.”

Hm, she’s right. It’s a lot more relaxing. Gonna take longer to fill up the sink though. I groan as I bend down to grab the dish soap and rubber gloves.

Lana: “Here, you might want a pair of these. I can scrub and you can dry them off. Sound good?”
She nods.

Kaari: “Sounds easy enough.”
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No. 1079912 ID: 15a025
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1079912

I ease up and start dunking plates into the sink. The dishes are pretty dirty, at least the chunks of gunk scrubs off with ease.

I pass them off to Kaari to dry.

Bwup

I keep hearing little bubble sounds as I put the dishes in.

Bwup bwoop.

Like, air bubbles.

It gives me knots in my stomach, I keep thinking about Kaari and what that masked asshole did to her.

Why couldn’t it have been me instead? Why did Kaari have to get tortured like that?
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No. 1079913 ID: 15a025
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1079913

???: “Time’s up!”

W-what?

Something grabs the back of my head and shoves me into the sink. I struggle to raise my head out of the water, but this asshole is keeping me under!

Fuck, if I don’t do something I’m going to drown!
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No. 1079914 ID: fc8ab3

Grab the edge of the counter with your hands, lift your legs, brace them against the side of the counter, and push off as hard as you can.
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No. 1079920 ID: b389e6

Quick! Unplug the drain! He cant hold both your hands and your head

And if you can, turn on the garbage disposal too so the water sinks faster.
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No. 1079922 ID: fb32ab

Wait, what? No, don't turn on the disposal! That's a fantastic way to make things even more stressful.

Do unplug the drain.
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No. 1079923 ID: b389e6

Oh yeah, good point.
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No. 1079924 ID: 273c18

This isn't real, you know. Noone could have snuck into your home and gotten past Kaari to push you into the sink without her sounding the alarm.
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No. 1079951 ID: cd10d0

Quit being overdramatic wake up. Your just imagining this, probably.
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No. 1080116 ID: 15a025
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1080116

>Grab the edge of the counter with your hands
>Quick! Unplug the drain!
>Do unplug the drain.

I try to move my arms, but they’re stuck behind me. Feels like something’s tied around my wrists.

>lift your legs, brace them against the side of the counter, and push off as hard as you can.
I can move my legs though! I do what I can to push against the counter and-
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No. 1080117 ID: 15a025
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1080117

THUD
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No. 1080118 ID: 15a025
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1080118

>This isn't real, you know. Noone could have snuck into your home and gotten past Kaari to push you into the sink without her sounding the alarm.
>Quit being overdramatic wake up. Your just imagining this, probably.
I try opening my eyes, but it’s hard. My head hurts, and I feel exhausted. I feel…something holding my paw. I open my eyes again, things are a bit blurry, but I think I can see Kaari. I try to get back up slowly.
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No. 1080119 ID: 15a025
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1080119

Lana: ”Eugh, what happened? Where’s the fucker that tried drowning me?”

Kaari: “Don’t scare me like that Lana! You- you were nodding off while washing the dishes, and then I heard a splash! You face-planted right into the sink.”

I feel relieved. It really was just my mind playing tricks on me.

Kaari: “Lana, are you doing alright? I-I can finish up in here if you want to lay down for a bit.”
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No. 1080121 ID: e51896

Was this the first time you nodded off? maybe you're getting narcolepsy?

Regardless, Might want to talk to her about some of your own trauma with Kaari if only to calm you down. Let her know you just haven't been sleeping well at all since that incident, whether it be caused by survivors guilt, or regret for not being a better bouncer, or drinking when you shouldn't have, causing you to faint instead of preventing danger.

maybe have Kaari fix yourself up some tea and take a nap. probably consider therapy if you and Kaari can afford it.
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No. 1080122 ID: 76615e

This is seeming like more than either of you can handle. Its time to get professional help.
For now, reassure your girlfriend and then you both need a nap. Take your time with the cleaning so this doesn't happen again, there's no rush.
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No. 1080125 ID: 273c18

>>1080119
Just a nightmare, fueled by the thoughts you had right before passing out. Didn't really happen, the memory will fade.

Were you that sleepy?
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No. 1080172 ID: 15a025
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1080172

>Were you that sleepy?
Must have. I’m still feeling tired too.

>Was this the first time you nodded off?
Lana: “Was I nodding off earlier today as well?”

Kaari: “Hm, no. Not that I noticed anyway.”

>maybe have Kaari fix yourself up some tea and take a nap.
Lana: “Sorry, I might need to take a nap or go back to bed for a bit Kaari. Still on the night schedule here.”

Kaari: “What do you mean? You’ve been off of work.”

Lana: “Still got college classes to take care of. Thankfully I’ve been able to handle most of that at home.”

Kaari: “O..oh. I’m sorry for waking you up Lana. I-I would have waited till later-“

Lana: “No, Kaari. You’re fine. I’m glad you called me when you needed help. It means a lot. I would’ve felt bad if you sat and waited for my sake for something like that.”
I slowly get up.
Lana: “Could you put a cup of tea in the microwave for me? I think I’m going to sit down on the couch.”

Kaari: “Sure!”
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No. 1080173 ID: 15a025
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1080173

I make my way over to the living room, and start thinking. I’m starting to realize things are weighing on me a lot more than I thought.

>This is seeming like more than either of you can handle. Its time to get professional help.
>Probably consider therapy if you and Kaari can afford it.

It’s a nice thought, but I can’t afford it. Especially if I’ll have to start supporting Kaari. My insurance only covers so much as it is too. I’m lucky one of the band’s producers was kind enough to take care of the rest of what insurance didn’t cover while I was in the hospital.

I could try asking them for a referral. Part of me feels bad bothering them again though…
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No. 1080174 ID: 15a025
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1080174

Kaari comes back with a hot cup of tea and a blanket for me.

Kaari: “Here you go Lana, one hot cup of tea!”

I smile and thank her.

>Might want to talk to her about some of your own trauma with Kaari if only to calm you down. Let her know you just haven't been sleeping well at all since that incident, whether it be caused by survivors guilt, or regret for not being a better bouncer, or drinking when you shouldn't have, causing you to faint instead of preventing danger.
Lana: “I guess maybe I should talk about what’s been bothering me lately.”

Kaari: “My ears are always here for you Lana.”

Lana: “I just-. I’ve been feeling really shitty about myself lately. Sometimes I have a hard time sleeping because of it.”

Lana: “Like, none of this would have happened if I was just more responsible. I shouldn’t have been drinking with everyone like that! What was I even thinking, I was suppose to be the driving!”

Lana: “Instead of partying it up, I should have still been watching out for everyone. I mean, yeah. We didn’t know someone would hold us hostage! Something else could have happened though. It’s my job to make sure everyone’s alright and has a good time.”

I stop for a moment and take a sip of tea.

Lana: “Now because I fucked up, everyone got hurt--or worse. They still haven’t found Dente, not even a clue to what happened to her.”

I put the tea down and hold my head in my paws. Saying everything out loud makes it sound even worse.
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No. 1080175 ID: 15a025
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1080175

Kaari: “We made it out alive though Lana. If you weren’t there, I-“

Kaari: “I don’t want to think about that actually. I don’t want to think about you not being around.”

She gives me warm hug, holding onto me pretty tight.

I take another deep breath. Maybe there's something else I could talk to her about?
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No. 1080179 ID: e51896

Hey! return the hug! There's probably nothing more that needs to be said. She's on the same page as you now.

If there's something you want to talk about though, Maybe talk about how you're wondering how the other survivors are dealing with what happened. Allinen and Syvaa were roughed up pretty bad, and Norb did kill a couple people that night, stabbing one, and then you demanded him to crush the assailant with a giant speaker when he was really uncomfortable with doing that. Granted, it was something we had to do to protect everyone, especially since the guy hurt Kaari, but with how forceful you were to Norb and how traumatic it must have been for him to take a life like that, you can't imagine what Norb must be going through right now.
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No. 1080182 ID: 273c18

>>1080173
>part of me feels bad bothering them again though…
Do it. Referrals are standard procedure if your last job went well.
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No. 1080193 ID: 8f9bc4

Have you considered going to a church? They don't cost money, so much...
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No. 1080197 ID: fb32ab

>>1080179
This!
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No. 1080211 ID: f2cf5a

>>1080175

Seconding >>1080179. Return hug. I think it's clear Kaari is probably the most important thing in your life right now. Treat her as such.

Also, I...actually don't think 'find a church' is such a horrible decision. Speaking from experience, they're not all the 'fire and brimstone preaching' or 'penitence forever' sorts you see in TV shows and media. Heck, not even most. Though denomination matters...

If you feel uncomfortable with that regardless, then I'd suggest asking for help/references anyway.
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No. 1080220 ID: cd10d0

Put the drink down and at least give her a hug back.
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No. 1080556 ID: 15a025
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1080556

>Hey! return the hug!
>Return hug. I think it's clear Kaari is probably the most important thing in your life right now. Treat her as such.
>Put the drink down and at least give her a hug back.
O-oh ah… it might be a little hard to hug her without spilling hot tea on her.

I lean over and awkwardly place the cup down and then embrace her in a hug. She snuggles in closer with me.

>Have you considered going to a church?
>I...actually don't think 'find a church' is such a horrible decision.
I guess it’s something to consider. Used to go to church with the family when I was younger, but kinda grew distant from that as life got busier.

>There's probably nothing more that needs to be said. She's on the same page as you now.
Yeah, I should probably just lay down for now and get some rest.
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No. 1080557 ID: 15a025
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1080557

I finish my tea as Kaari gets up. I shuffle around and get comfy.

Kaari: “Night Lana. I’ll try to be quiet while I finish up the dishes for you.”

Lana: “You could lay down with me instead?”

Kaari: “I- sorry. I just… I should really take care of the dishes. Night Lana!”
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No. 1080558 ID: 15a025
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1080558

Well…that felt awkward. I hope I didn’t make her feel uncomfortable. Maybe it was just my imagination, but part of me feels like getting up and apologizing. Or should I just sleep on it and talk to her when I get up?
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No. 1080559 ID: a3d1b6

Give her space. She probably just wants to be responsible.
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No. 1080567 ID: 76615e

>>1080559
Yeah, keep the couch warm for her so you can cuddle later.
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No. 1080596 ID: 273c18

She's your girlfriend, that was totally appropriate. Get your rest.
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No. 1080607 ID: cd10d0

Sure, NOW you want her when she's leaving. Maybe prioritize her more than a drink next time.
Just thank Kaari for cleaning up your mess when you get up.
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No. 1080691 ID: 15a025
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1080691

>Give her space. She probably just wants to be responsible.
>Yeah, keep the couch warm for her so you can cuddle later.
>She's your girlfriend, that was totally appropriate. Get your rest.
Sounds fair enough. I let out a big yawn and close my eyes, it’s been quite the morning so far.
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No. 1080692 ID: 15a025
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1080692

Some time later…
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No. 1080693 ID: 15a025
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1080693

I feel something soft poking at me and jolt up.

Lana: :”H-huh? Oh, Kaari. What’s up?”

Kaari: “Sorry Lana, someone’s at the door for you.”

Lana: “Ugh, it’s not some reporter or detective is it?”

Kaari: “No, I think she said she’s one of your classmates.”

I slowly get up. Must be Luanne.
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No. 1080707 ID: 15a025
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1080707

I shuffle over to the door and greet her.

Lana: “Hey Luanne, what’s up?”

Luanne: “Hey Lana, sorry if I woke you up. How’s your leg holding up?”

Lana: “Getting back to normal.”

Luanne: “Just bringing over your assignments and review packets from class.”

Lana: “Ugh, right. Tests next week. Thanks for bringing these over.”

Luanne: “No problem. Ready to hand those assignments from last week in? I can drop them off for you tomorrow.”
Lana: “…When were those due?”

She looks at me disappointed.
Luanne: “Two days ago.”

Lana: “Luanne, I don’t know what to really say. I-“

I hold my head in my paw and groan. Not only am I building up a nice mess inside, I’m building up a backlog of course work to get through. I don’t know if I should just apologize, or ask for help, or... what.
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No. 1080709 ID: f1a5aa

I dont think its a dream. It was mentioned that Lana is taking classes still in the first thread.

You should probably talk with a college counselor to help you get back on track with things, with considerations to the stress and trauma you went through. They might be able to give you some direction with what you can do.
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No. 1080712 ID: 273c18

Yeah if you're having a hard time with your coursework despite making an effort on it, you're going to get some advice.
You ARE making an effort, right?
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No. 1080714 ID: 79e788

Ask for help, and offer her some tea.
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No. 1080723 ID: e51896

Another thing to point out, even before the incident that happened at the bar, you claimed to not have had time to study for the electrical engineering test. Granted what you went through contributed to the procrastination, but Is it ALL because of the trauma you faced that you haven't gotten around to studying and doing assignments? or was this procrastinating going on beforehand? Maybe you should ask yourself, is this what you are passionate about doing for a career? take some time to Think it over to yourself and figure out if you want to continue that career path, or if you want to switch majors. Plenty of people who go to college major in one thing, study it in classes, find out over time it's not for them, and switch to a different major and career path.

either way, this is probably another thing you should discuss with the college counselor. They can help you switch to a different major based off of whatever other classes you took and recommend certain classes
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No. 1080729 ID: cd10d0

Why wasn't she here for it two days ago then?
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No. 1080732 ID: 5ebd37

>>1080723
Seconding this, consider if you need a change in direction.
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No. 1080981 ID: 15a025
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1080981

>before the incident that happened at the bar, you claimed to not have had time to study for the electrical engineering test. Granted what you went through contributed to the procrastination, but Is it ALL because of the trauma you faced that you haven't gotten around to studying and doing assignments? or was this procrastinating going on beforehand?
I wasn’t struggling as much before the incident. I wasn’t able to study much for the electrical test because of work. Then things happened and I had to make it up after I got out of the hospital.

>Maybe you should ask yourself, is this what you are passionate about doing for a career?
It certainly is! It’s just...all these other required classes you have to take are bogging me down.

>if you're having a hard time with your coursework despite making an effort on it, you're going to get some advice. You ARE making an effort, right?
>Ask for help, and offer her some tea.

Lana: “Are you heading back home or going to class?”
Luanne: “Heading home, why?”

Lana: “Do you mind coming in for some tea, and maybe help me stay focused on getting things done?”

Luanne: “Lana, I’m already going out of my way to drop off and turn in assignments for you. Not that I mind, but-“

She groans.
Luanne: “I can help tutor or whatever it is you need to get back on track but,”
She pauses.

Lana: “But…what?”

Luanne: “I really hate asking, but I could use a few bucks for gas or groceries.”

Lana: “I don’t mind giving you a couple bucks for helping out.”

Luanne: “Alright, let me grab my books and stuff as well.”

Lana: “I’ll go get what’s left from last week and setup in the kitchen.”
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No. 1080982 ID: 15a025
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1080982

I head into my room and wince. Sure glad I’ve the kitchen to study in. I’d hate to subject Luanne to this mess. Thankfully I’ve kept my college stuff organized.

While I’m at it, I get dressed too.
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No. 1080983 ID: 15a025
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1080983

With everything gathered up, I sit at the table with Luanne. It feels weird, but in a good way. Like I’m back in class, working on assignments as normal.

Luanne helps explain how to work through and use a new math formula. I kinda pick up on it, and feel relieved that we’re able to use a calculator on the test when that comes.

After a bit I’m able to peck away at the questions on my own and we start catching up.

Luanne: “Did you hear they canceled my internship?”

Lana: “No, you never said anything about that. What happened?”

Luanne: “After that uh…’accident’ with the car lift and some investigation, they pulled me out of the internship for safety concerns.”

Lana: “Honestly, might be for the better given everything that happened.”

Luanne: “Well how about you? Are you going back to working at the bar after what happened.”
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No. 1080986 ID: 75b262

Oof. Tough question.

How do we feel about being in the same place as… that?
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No. 1081009 ID: 273c18

>>1080983
No. Maybe somewhere else.
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No. 1081012 ID: f2cf5a

>>1080983
No. We're gonna try somewhere else. Better for our mental health.
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No. 1081024 ID: e51896

You're not going to quit right away as you need the money, but you are going to job search for something new.
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No. 1081025 ID: fd69ae

On the lookout for something new. Preferably something a bit safer. Not like what happened could have been anticipated but still, something else seems reasonable.
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No. 1081032 ID: 5ebd37

After what happened at the sink... yeah, you need a new job, pronto.
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No. 1081056 ID: a2cfbf

I'm kinda surprised Luanne hasn't mentioned your collar yet. Are you sure inviting her in with the many uninvited fleas without telling her is fine? You probably should.
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No. 1081120 ID: 15a025
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1081120

>We're gonna try somewhere else. Better for our mental health.
>You're not going to quit right away as you need the money, but you are going to job search for something new.
Lana: “Well, I can’t exactly quit on the spot. Still need money to pay the bills and support everyone. I’m going to spend more time on the job hunt for something else.”

Luanne: “Support everyone?”

Lana: “Well, my mom and sister need a little extra cash from me to get by. Kaari’s going to being staying with me for a bit till I can help her find a new job too. Not really much left after bills and groceries.”

Luanne shies away for a moment and goes back to the assignments.
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No. 1081121 ID: 15a025
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1081121

Once I get through one of the packets, we take a break and Kaari makes us some cups of tea.

>I'm kinda surprised Luanne hasn't mentioned your collar yet.
Luanne: “Hey Lana, you get a new choker? You always got that spiked-wait.”

Luanne: “That’s a flea collar isn’t it?”

I-argh! I can’t believe I forgot about that! Maybe I shouldn’t have invited her in- damn it, I could have even warned her. I don’t think there’s a good way to really apologize. What should I say though? I can’t just, brush it off like it’s nothing. She’s been here long enough that she might already have them.
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No. 1081124 ID: e4a3dc

I mean this is a very new issue that you honestly forgot about so you can earnestly tell her that you did. Not sure what remedy there is for it though.
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No. 1081125 ID: 75b262

>>1081121
Apologize and ask nicely for forgiveness.
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No. 1081142 ID: 5ebd37

Nothing for it but to apologize. She should probably get out of here, and offer to buy her any medication she might need if she did catch some.
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No. 1081148 ID: e51896

all you can do is apologize. be prepared if she no longer wants to be associated with you.
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No. 1081154 ID: 13bbb3

Just say shit and apologize, someone brought them in barely this morning so you're not at all used to thinking about them. You can offer the same treatment you gave to kaari though, if they want to take a shower while you wash their clothes or whatnot, though it's understandable if not.
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No. 1081562 ID: 15a025
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1081562

>You can offer the same treatment you gave to kaari though
I don’t think Luanne is going to want me to give her a slow and gentle flea bath.

>If they want to take a shower while you wash their clothes or whatnot
Oh-right. Yeah. That makes more sense.

>Apologize and ask nicely for forgiveness.
>Just say shit and apologize, someone brought them in barely this morning so you're not at all used to thinking about them.
Lana: “Ugh, Luanne. I’m sorry. I forgot all about it-“

Luanne: “How do you forget you have fleas Lana?!”

Lana: “I don’t- Kaari’s the one with fleas. She came over to use my shower because her water got shut off. She gave me the flea collar just to make sure I didn’t end up getting them.”

Lana: “I mean, I’m always wearing a collar too, so it doesn’t really feel out of place either.”

Luanne: “Okay, fair. Whatever. You’re going to have to sit down and finish the rest of this on your own though Lana. I ain’t sticking around to pickup no hitchhikers.”

Lana: “Let me go grab your money while you gather your stuff.”

Luanne: “I want extra for some flea shampoo now as well.”

Lana: “Yeah-yup. Okay.”
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No. 1081563 ID: 15a025
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1081563

I quickly grab some cash from my room, I give her twenty five notes.

Luanne: “Well, I guess call me when you’ve got the flea thing taken care of.”

I see her out the door. I guess that went alright? She seemed understanding anyway.
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No. 1081564 ID: 15a025
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1081564

When I come back inside, Kaari comes over to me.
Kaari: “Awh, Lana. I-I’m sorry I ruined your study session. I should have just stayed home.”

Lana: “Kaari, it’s fine. I’ve got all night yet to work on my assignments and study.”

Kaari: “I can start heading back home as well if you want then. I-I don’t want to interrupt or bother you while you’re studying.”

Lana: “Kaari, you’re not bothering me. It’s been eventful, sure. I still have all night to study and work on this though.”
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No. 1081565 ID: 15a025
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1081565

Unfortunately, it probably is going to take me all night to get caught up. Not to mention cleaning up a spot for Kaari to sleep. I can’t afford to fall behind anymore than I already am. At the same time, Kaari needs me too. I don’t want to just sit and work on this all night and make her sit alone in the living room or something. Gotta be a way I can take on two birds with one stone or compromise a bit.
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No. 1081567 ID: e51896

You're fine, and Kaari will be fine. Just giving Kaari a place to stay is all she really needs and enough for her, you don't have to interact with her all the time, so there's nothing wrong with leaving her on her own in the living room. There's always time tomorrow to talk more to her about things, she isn't going anywhere.

as for cleaning up a space for her to sleep, she can sleep on the couch, I mean, you slept on the couch earlier, so it should be fine for her. plus, she can use that alone time to think, she already had so much happen to her, she might need some time alone to take things in. Otherwise, she already agreed to help clean, so maybe she can clean up a space on her own. remember, you need her help as much as she needs your help, and you helped her in a big way by bringing her in, and helping her with her flea problem.

Also, there's some entertainment for Kaari over there on the bookshelf, or maybe she can watch tv if she's bored..

Also also, make sure to lock the front door.
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No. 1081568 ID: 0190ce

Kaari, I hate to ask, but could you work on clearing a space for yourself to sleep? Help yourself to whatever you need to move or change or whatnot, you're not blind to how messy things are.

For you, just focus on studying, but maybe you can do it in the same room as Kaari. It'll help your focus to hear her doing better, probably.
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No. 1081569 ID: 273c18

>>1081565
Study with her?
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No. 1081570 ID: 5ebd37

You don't have to catch up all the way right now. Just do what you can. Kaari can set up somewhere to sleep herself, and if she needs anything you'll be right there.
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No. 1081594 ID: eb0a9c

Her 'rent' is helping you with your assignments and sex stuff. If she's distracted learning along with you, it gives her something to do.
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No. 1082608 ID: 15a025
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1082608

>Study with her?
Lana: “You could study with me if you want.”

Kaari: “Lana, I’d probably end up asking more questions than you. I don’t even know anything about your classes.”

>she can use that alone time to think, she already had so much happen to her, she might need some time alone to take things in.
>focus on studying, but maybe you can do it in the same room as Kaari. It'll help your focus to hear her doing better, probably.
Lana: “How about this, I can get the VCR hooked up and you can watch a movie while I’m studying.”

Kaari: “What if it’s too loud and-“

Lana: “Then I just ask if you can turn it down a few clicks. No biggie.”

Kaari: “Are you sure?”

Lana: “Yup.”

Kaari: “Alright, if you’re sure it won’t bother you.”
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No. 1082611 ID: 15a025
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1082611

I set up the VCR in the living room.
Lana: “So, what do you feel like watching?”

Kaari: “Uh…well I’m not in the mood for any horror movies this time.”

Well, that eliminates about half my tapes. Understandably.

Lana: “I’ve got other genres too.”

Kaari: “How about a romance comedy?”

Lana: “Well, at least I won’t have to worry about being distracted. I didn’t think you were into those?”

Kaari: “Yeah. Usually a good one helps me cheer up when I’m feeling down or lonely.”

Lana: “Okay, well I think I’ve got something you’ll like then. How about Llama Masseuse?”

Kaari: “Sounds kinda corny, but I’ll give it a watch.”

I take the tape out of the sleeve and pop it in the VCR, switch over to channel three, and hit play.
Lana: “Alrighty, I’ll be in the kitchen studying if you need me.”

Kaari: “Can you fast forward past the commercials?”

Lana: “Yeah.”
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No. 1082614 ID: 15a025
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1082614

Once the movie starts playing I head back to the kitchen and get my eyes glued to the assignment. I go to take a sip of tea-ugh, yuck. Cold tea.

No, gotta focus. I pick up another packet and start writing away. If I don’t know something, I’ve got my notes or I’ll just review that chapter a bit.

It gets a little hard though, hearing Kaari laughing and having a good time with the movie. Wish I was enjoying it with her.
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No. 1082615 ID: 15a025
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1082615

Till finally I’m-

Kaari: “Lana!”

There’s a weird brrrr sound coming from the living room. Shit! Did the VCR eat the tape or something?!
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No. 1082618 ID: 15a025
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1082618

I rush into the living room, but everything seems fine?
Lana: “What’s wrong Kaari?”

Kaari: “Oh nothing, I was just calling out to see if you were done with your college stuff. Movie’s over.”

Lana: “What? I-ugh. I only got through one packet!”

Kaari: “Well, how much more do you have?”

Lana: “Still a ton.”

Kaari: “Well, it’s getting to be seven Lana- wait. You stay up and have night classes and stuff, right?”
Lana: “Yeah. Why?”

Kaari: “I mean. I don’t want to bother you, but I haven’t seen you in weeks. I’d like to spend some time with you. Can’t you just do it later tonight?”

Oh shit, she’s right! I’m going to be up way later than she is. I could be working on this after she goes to bed.
Lana: “Hm, what time do you usually go to bed Kaari?”

Kaari: “Usually half past nine.”

Alright, that’s two and a half hours I can put aside for Kaari. What’s something the two of us can do together?
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No. 1082633 ID: eb0a9c

Sex yourselves asleep.
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No. 1082642 ID: 462d8c

Got any boardgames?
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No. 1082644 ID: 5ebd37

>>1082642
Yeah, boardgames! And put on some nice music or a background movie.
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No. 1082645 ID: 75b262

Board games!
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No. 1084496 ID: 15a025
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1084496

>Got any boardgames?
>Yeah, boardgames! And put on some nice music or a background movie.
Well, there’s monopoly. That’s going to last all night though. Hmm…

Lana: “How about I pull out the uno deck and throw in another movie?”

Kaari: “Sounds fun! What movie do you have in mind this time ?”

Lana: “This one’s called “Don’t Document!” It stars a rebellious wolf secretary that likes to stir up trouble in the office.”

Kaari: “Sure, sounds pretty goofy.”
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No. 1084497 ID: 15a025
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1084497

I go grab the Uno deck, pop in the tape, and I start shuffling the deck.

Kaari: “So, how’s your mom and sister been?”

Lana: “Both were pretty shaken up when they heard what happened. Mom still calls every now and then to check up on me. Other than that, I gotta remember to give her some cash for groceries next week.”

I pause for a moment, and start dealing out cards.

Kaari: “So…who goes first?”

Lana: “I’ll let you have the first turn.”

Kaari: “Are you sure?”

Lana: “Yup!”

Kaari: “Alright then, I skip you, I play a reverse, and…draw four. Color’s yellow now.”

I get the feeling I need to work on my shuffling skills… I’ll play nice for now and save my wild card and just play a yellow card.

Kaari: “Draw two!”

I grumble to myself, but go for a little pay back.

Lana: “You can draw two, too! Now the color’s blue.”

Kaari: “I see...”
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No. 1084498 ID: 15a025
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1084498

We toss some cards around for a bit, when Kaari drops an unexpected question on me.

Kaari: “So…how’s the stop smoking thing been going for you Lana?”

>_
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No. 1084507 ID: 7c55ad

Well, you have mentioned wanting to go on a smoke break the past threads, and tried to reach for your lighter when it was missing. When did you say you were quiting smoking? if it was after the incident at the bar, are you keeping up with it? might want to tell her the truth.
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No. 1084508 ID: ab46e9

>>1084498
Not bad, but not great. Keep imagining I've got a pack in my pocket and wanting to reach for them. It’s not as horrible as some of the withdrawal horror stories I've read, but aside from that I've gotten the shakes once or twice. Just...one of those day by day things.
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No. 1084519 ID: eb0a9c

You want even more sex.
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No. 1084520 ID: 15a025

>>1084519
This is not that kind of quest. If you’re looking for that kind of content, please go check out the other quests on the site that do allow or encourage it.
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No. 1084545 ID: d512e5

It sucks, but something about the difficulty is weirdly making it more easy to quit? Like, 'screw this, I am NOT letting it beat me' kind of thing?

Admittedly it could have come at a better time, but there's no good time, at least.
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No. 1085331 ID: 15a025
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1085331

>When did you say you were quiting smoking? if it was after the incident at the bar, are you keeping up with it? might want to tell her the truth.
Honestly, I’m not entirely sure when I told her. It is a habit I’ve been trying to kick.

>Not bad, but not great. Keep imagining I've got a pack in my pocket and wanting to reach for them.
>the difficulty is weirdly making it more easy to quit? Like, 'screw this, I am NOT letting it beat me' kind of thing?
Lana: “Not sure when I brought that up, but it’s not as bad as it could be. Always feels like there’s a pack and a lighter in my pockets. Keep shoving my paws in my pockets for them when I’m stressed or get in a mood.”

Lana: “It’s been really hard, I get the shakes and grumpy at times, but I can’t let it beat me.”

Kaari: “How long has it been since your last one?”

Lana: “Well, haven’t had a smoke since I was in the hospital; made it a bit easier since I wasn’t allowed to.”
I put down a card, and Kaari plays the same number, changing the color on me again.
Lana: “You little stinker.”

She chuckles at me, down to only two cards.

Kaari: “So…is there anything I can do to help you with that?”

Lana: “Yeah, draw four. I’m changing it back to green.”

Kaari huffs at me a little as she draws. I find my paw slipping in my pocket feeling around for my lighter again. I manage catch myself and stop before she notices.

Ugh, I need to find another topic here. What’s something else we could chat about?
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No. 1085333 ID: 75b262

If you could live anywhere, where would you choose?
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No. 1085345 ID: 5ebd37

This room is rather plain, isn't it? Ask her what decor she would add. Cool posters? Nick-knacks?
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No. 1085668 ID: a09489

Actually yeah, good idea! Talk about decor! Just discuss what kind of place you like. Really fantasize. An indoor garden, maybe a lot of cool posters on the wall, an indoor arcade, all of that stuff, just let your imagination run wild with what would be fun to have!
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No. 1086067 ID: 15a025
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1086067

>If you could live anywhere, where would you choose?
Lana: “If you could live anywhere, where would it be?”

Kaari: “Well, with you of course!”

Lana: “Okay, let’s say…we could move out and live anywhere. Where would you wanna go?”

Kaari: “Oh I’d love to live in Taelsee!”

Lana: “Tail-see? Where’s that at?”

Kaari: “No no no. Taelsee. You know, that really popular port town upstate.”

Lana: “Sorry, I’ve never heard of it, Kaari. What makes it so special?”

Kaari: “Oh it’s got it all! Beautiful beaches, warm summers, music festivals. Not to mention the famous lighthouse diner with the romantic sunset view!”
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No. 1086068 ID: 15a025
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1086068

Lana: “Sounds like you’re hinting at a future vacation spot.”

Kaari: “Y-yeah. A vacation spot.”
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No. 1086069 ID: 15a025
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1086069

>This room is rather plain, isn't it? Ask her what decor she would add. Cool posters? Nick-knacks?
>let your imagination run wild with what would be fun to have!
Lana: “How about decorating? What kinda cool stuff would you put in our home if we moved in together?”

Kaari: “Oh definitely some movie posters from our favorite vhs tapes, or maybe some concert posters, or both!”

Lana: “What else you thinking? Living room and shelves are a little bare, save for some books and vhs tapes.”

Kaari: “We could bring home some souvenirs from Taelsee, or-!“
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No. 1086070 ID: 15a025
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1086070

She pauses for a moment and stares at me.

Kaari: “We don’t have any pictures of us!”

Lana: “What?”

Kaari: “Lana, we don’t have any pictures of the two of us!”

Lana: “You know, I think you’re right.”

I might have a few pictures of Kaari on my phone, but that might be all.

Kaari: “We should go out somewhere tomorrow.”

Lana: “Not to ruin the mood, but you’ve got fleas to bounce first Kaari.”

As well as the fact I’m on a tighter budget now, I don’t think I’ll have funds for a dinner date.
Kaari: “O-oh. Right.”

She looks pretty bummed out. Maybe there’s a stay-at-home kinda date I can plan with her? Or maybe something else we can do at home for a cute couple’s picture?
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No. 1086072 ID: eb0a9c

Do cosplay.
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No. 1086074 ID: 5ebd37

Yeah, dress up and makeovers for your first couple photo.
And even if you can't afford to go out, you could still make her a nice dinner yourself.
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No. 1086075 ID: 7c55ad

for dates:

Movie night (you kinda missed that one because of studying, we can do that to make up for that next time.) Kaari can even bring a movie herself from home

Star gaze on the roof together!

Another game night

For pics:

Maybe you guys can visit a forest preserve, or park, or lake and take pics there. It doesn't have to be at home, just somewhere where you both can hang out for free. We can even plan a picnic before taking pics
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No. 1086601 ID: 15a025
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1086601

>Do cosplay.
Well, Halloween is coming up. Maybe we can dress up as something together…

Lana: “I could get us some Halloween costumes still and we could dress up. Be a fun little picture of us.”

Kaari: “I-I’d rather not. Had enough ‘spooky’ for the year.”

Lana: “Doesn’t have to be something spooky. We could dress up someone from a movie we like or-“

Kaari: “Lana, I really don’t want to deal with Halloween this year.”

Hm, alright what else…
>dress up and makeovers for your first couple photo
Lana: “I could look around for some nicer clothes and-“
>visit a forest preserve, or park, or lake and take pics there.
Lana: “we could go for a nature walk somewhere. Get some nice pictures of us.”

Kaari: “Oh that would be fun! I wouldn’t even need to worry about others getting my fleas!”

Lana: “What if you end up picking up more, or even ticks!”

Kaari: “You can’t fool me! There aren’t any ticks out this time of year.”
She puts down another card,
Kaari: “Uno!”

I’ve kinda lost track of the game at this point, still got three cards. Eh, I’ll let her win.
Lana: “Alright you win, I concede.”

Kaari: “What, you’re giving up?”

Lana: “Yeah, now snuggle up and let’s finish this movie.”
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No. 1086602 ID: 15a025
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1086602

Kaari lays down on my lap and I start massaging her ears. That always relaxes her.

Man, I’ve barely been paying attention to this movie too; why is the secretary skiing down a mountain with a briefcase?

I hear Kaari breathing loudly and look down. Seems like she’s passed out already. I ruffle her fur and smile.

Lana: “Alright, goodnight Kaari.”

THE END.
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No. 1086603 ID: 54523d

You've done good work today, Lana. I think you two are gonna be alright.
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