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[Event] Prison Therapy II - Summer Edition

Posted by croik on 2010.07.18 at 21:47

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Diego Armando
nosugar_nomilk at 2010-07-24 21:30 (UTC) (PermaLink)
*To Lauren, with a polite smile.* Your word is law, of course, as you are our moderator. But you don't have to be upset. You haven't hurt anyone. And we all very humbly apologize. *Still agitated, he gives Jacques an irritated look, though the effect is lessened by his visor. Then he quickly turns to address Lana, glad to have the subject changed.*

I think that sounds like a fine idea, Ms. Skye.
blueskyesmiling
blueskyesmiling at 2010-07-25 00:40 (UTC) (PermaLink)
Then... if it will help.

*Slowly, with much hesitation, as if she is considering each sentence, Lana speaks. Her tone is distanced--perhaps even a touch cold.*

I spent much of my life too busy for love. My sister and my studies, my career preoccupied me. But when I started working as a detective, I found I had more time. Ema was growing up and... I found myself becoming quite good friends with a fellow officer. It started as joking, harmless flirting. I didn't consider it anything serious. I was fond of him, of course, and somehow I didn't notice that I was fonder and fonder still...

And then I ended our friendship, for reasons of my own. We stopped speaking in any capacity other than work.

*Her mouth twitches and turns her face slightly away*

...Strangely, that's when I realized I had loved him.

But it's not a possibility, now.
Diego Armando
nosugar_nomilk at 2010-07-25 01:29 (UTC) (PermaLink)
*Serious, his tone is more gentle when he speaks to Lana.*

Why isn't it a possibility?

I don't think it's ever too late. You shouldn't give up on love. In some ways, it's all we have.
blueskyesmiling
blueskyesmiling at 2010-07-25 01:53 (UTC) (PermaLink)
*turned slightly away from Diego* That door is closed to me now. Certain actions are not reversible.

... It's true for some romantic love is a beacon. *now turning her gaze on Diego, she smiles slightly, her expression a touch nostalgic* For instance, I always admired her love for you.

But it's not always that way. For me it's simply not a priority.

*she shrugs and falls silent*
Diego Armando
nosugar_nomilk at 2010-07-25 02:07 (UTC) (PermaLink)
Don't be too sure about what's possible and what isn't. If the heart is still beating, there's still hope.

You're right, it's not that I mean everyone needs romance. But love, in the end--love of any kind--is all we have. And if you've had love, of any kind, you shouldn't give up on it.

*He smiles at her, a little sadly.* And thank you, Lana.
blueskyesmiling
blueskyesmiling at 2010-07-25 02:22 (UTC) (PermaLink)
Don't worry--I'll never give up on my family. That's all the love I need, and more. Do you have family, Diego?
Diego Armando
nosugar_nomilk at 2010-07-25 04:00 (UTC) (PermaLink)
I'm sorry you feel you should give up on other kinds of love, but that's your choice. It's not my place to judge your decision. *He pauses to reflect.* I'm not seeking that kind of love anymore myself, so who am I to say that you're wrong?

A family? No, not literally. Not now. But there are people I love and care for, so if that's family, then I have one.

Ken
henamesthesky at 2010-07-25 04:59 (UTC) (PermaLink)
*Taken aback by Lauren's outburst, wanting to give her some room, he's been formulating a response. He's also been taking in Lana and Diego's exchange.*

I didn't mean to upset you, Lauren, but I don't understand how you're hurting anyone.
You're right, Jacques can say whatever he wants, but I think what I said is fine too. It's how I feel. But I'm not afraid to be told I'm wrong, and if you think so, I'm more than willing to listen to what you've got to say. I think that's how this is supposed to work.

*He nods in reply to Lana, taking in her words.*
The reasons behind our feelings might be different, but I understand what you mean, about feeling that the past can't be reversed, about feeling that romantic love isn't a priority for you.

I admire real love too, but I can't see myself in that place. I feel like I exchanged that part of my life for something else. I might wish I could change that, but I don't see how.
So I put the love I have into my family, too.
princess_paups
princess_paups at 2010-07-26 01:12 (UTC) (PermaLink)
*Lauren quieted to listen to Lana's story, but once she's finished she looks disappointed*

So many of you have given up on love... It's wonderful that you put it into your families, but it sounds a little lonely...
Diego Armando
nosugar_nomilk at 2010-07-26 03:44 (UTC) (PermaLink)
*He smiles at Lauren kindly, his tone still gentle.*

You're right. It is lonely. I hope you'll never have to know what that's like, that the sharp taste of heartbreak spares your lips.

As I said, love can be both bitter and sweet. Some people find a taste so fine, once they've known it, no other will do. Some people find a taste so foul, they can't bear to take another sip.

You must forgive us, Princess. Our hearts are broken. Hearts aren't easy to fix. They can't always be mended.
blueskyesmiling
blueskyesmiling at 2010-07-26 13:56 (UTC) (PermaLink)
*smiles kindly, and a little fondly at the rose-tinted glasses of youth* Hm, have you heard that saying, alone but not lonely?

If I'm lonely, it's only because I miss Ema awfully. Once I'm out...

Sometimes I think it's the hope of love that makes us lonely. Once you close that door, you find you can be quite content by yourself. What about you, Ms. Paups, Mr. Armando--or any of you? Is it better to hope for love and be lonely sometimes, or to be satisfied with being alone?
Diego Armando
nosugar_nomilk at 2010-07-27 20:22 (UTC) (PermaLink)
I don't think that's true in every case. I'm lonely, though I have no hope for love. Though I didn't choose to give up hope, or love. It was something that happened without my consent.

Then again, I don't expect to find contentment, either. And maybe there's a kind of contentment in that, oddly enough.
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