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Cole ([personal profile] killedwithlove) wrote2015-03-14 02:09 pm

For [personal profile] insurgoaltus

Mother Giselle had been pretty upset about the digging in the garden. Cole helped put things back in order, even if she didn't really see him do it. He also planted some daisies by the statue of Andraste, yellow ones.

He didn't try sleeping again. It was too frightening. But he wanted to thank Dorian for having been there and helped him.

He couldn't help Dorian's hurt. He kept trying, but it just hurt Dorian more, and he hated hurting Dorian. It curdled something in him.

Being Compassion wasn't solving this. Instead, he watched people, tried to understand how to make people happy without easing the hurt.

Taking away their hurt and making them happy were different. It was a huge realisation.

Which was why he set up the chess board in Dorian's nook, curling up on a cushion on the floor and sitting there patiently until Dorian arrived.
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2015-03-16 10:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Dorian was carrying a number of books to the nook. He could either drink himself into a stupor every night, or make himself useful, and the plan for the evening was instead to make himself useful. Use the information he found on Corpheyus to help the Inquisitor, save the day and get himself a strapping young man wrapped around him in celebration.

Or, at least, not get himself lynched. Both sounded like sound outcomes.

Besides, he could always get stupidly drunk after - "Ah!"

He clutched the books to him like an elderly matron might clutch her fan, then exhaled for a moment. This time, that was clearly not Cole's fault for showing up unannounced. He had just been too lost in his own thoughts. Which led him to quip, "You know, this makes me wonder if you are actually reappearing places or if I've just been too distracted I haven seen you coming."

He eyed the chess board, his gaze curious, "What, no more wooden ducks?"
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2015-03-17 11:57 am (UTC)(link)
Dorian carefully put the tomes down by his chair, looking curiously at the other man, then at the chessboard.

"So I see..." He wondered who Cole had borrowed it from, and he hoped Cullen wouldn't mind. Still, he always adored a good game of chess. Best way to get to know someone, really.

"Do you really? Well, then, I wish to hear all about these memories." He sat down, pulling his chair up to the board. "For yes, we may play."
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2015-03-17 04:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Dorian folded one leg over, rubbing his mustache thoughtfully, before he leaned forward to nudge one of his pawns forward. Then he leaned back, his dark blue eyes scanning over Cole with amusement.

"Yes, to all of those things ... except the last, because you have helped me." He smirked a little. "And Varric should know - he talks to just about everyone. Whether they want him to open his handsome trap or not."
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2015-03-18 03:00 am (UTC)(link)
Dorian smiled a little at that move, nodding his head. Very good, this would be a challenge for both of them. He leaned towards the board, moving another piece.

He really should get over his surprise at those questions, but he always had a glib answer ready, "Not as handsome as me, but he gets by well enough. The chest hair alone makes him a favorite of gossip, but then he has the wit, the money and the rugged roguish air in his favor as well."
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2015-03-18 01:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Dorian noted the defensive play, true to Cole's style. He defended, protected, and it was very traditional. Dorian's style of course was more flashy, but it was building up towards substance. He shifted his pieces around for a rather risky appearing gambit.

"Well, some people find power and influence attractive, Cole. The ability for someone to buy them fancy gifts as opposed to actually liking them is something they strive for." Dorian rubbed his chin, as he sat back. "It's not something Varric is interested in, so he avoids most of the leeches."
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2015-03-19 01:52 am (UTC)(link)
Dorian watched as Cole continued to build the defensive wall, and he kept testing out his defenses, seeing where the holes might form if he did something.

However, when Cole spoke, his fingers stopped over one of the pieces as that particular memory flashed through his mind. He closed his eyes tightly, before he cleared his throat. "...Well, yes. Exactly. I want someone to find me handsome because of Dorian, not what I may or may not have in the treasure chest."

He sighed longingly as he thought of those dark eyes, "I really wish I knew which way that line sat with him."
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2015-03-19 02:54 am (UTC)(link)
Dorian looked over at Cole, before his lips melted into a warm smile. "Well, that does make me happy." He cleared his throat, "The being beautiful part, at any rate. I doubt anyone around here really cares much for the Pavus name anyways."

He moved the piece he wanted, before he snorted softly, "Well, not like when I was heir, no, and Andraste knows I piss enough of it away with cards and wine ... but the Inquisition is generous, as is the Inquisitor. So I have quite a bit sacked away." He's actually proud of that - money he has earned by fighting in the field, doing research, being useful. It is not his father's blood money, it's his, and that feels ... pretty damned great, actually.
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2015-03-19 11:43 am (UTC)(link)
Andraste's Balls, Cole could sometimes just gobsmack a man, couldn't he? Still, there was no way he could let that one pass, so as he made a even more random move, he stated simply, "It counts because you count to me. So thank you, Cole, for thinking me beautiful."

Now that tagged his curiosity, and he tilted his head and listened. What would Cole, of all people, keep tucked away safe? The knives made sense, but the amulet even more. His voice gentled, "It's important, Cole, because it's a gift given with love. Those who gave it to you wanted to make sure nothing bad happened to you, because they love you. You love them, so you have been keeping it safe."
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2015-03-19 05:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Dorian's smile, lingered, as he continued to parse out his pieces across the board, looking to making holes. "My apologies. I am beautiful."

He cleared his throat, which for some reason seemed to be rather tight at the moment, before he folded his legs in the chair. "I must admit, I like your new hat a great deal better than the other one -- and you realize now that you have accepted one gift, that chest is going to start filling up with tokens of affection, yes?"

He nodded to the wooden duck, that held a place of honor on his bookcase (yes, he claimed it, thank you so much.) "Once you give something a place in your life, you open yourself up to much more."
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2015-03-20 01:38 am (UTC)(link)
"Well, it's not always about you, persay, Cole. Sometimes people just want to show how much they care and they cannot do it with words, so they do it with objects." He shrugged his broad shoulders, "Just remember, they're doing it out of love."

He quirked up a corner of his mouth at Cole's smile. Case in point.

A faint snort. "... NO. And if Sera says that to you, disappear, She might just give you one in the face."
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2015-03-20 02:03 am (UTC)(link)
"Well, tell me what you've learned so far, and I'll be able to tell you if you're on track." Dorian said, curiosity sparking in him again. What a Spirit of Compassion, decided to be human, had found out about love ... out here.

He also tried not to grin at the way Cole was that close to the board. Adorable. Dangerous, but adorable.

"Then she shouldn't threaten you with arrows. I think it's fair to give her a fright if she's going to give you a bodily wound."
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2015-03-20 02:26 am (UTC)(link)
Dorian shifted one of his pieces, not in for the kill but looking for a way in, past the guards and into the promised land. "Well, perhaps that is why she resents you. She hates what she fears."

He looked at Cole for a moment, before he nods his head slowly, "Yes, that's love. Love is affection, is strength when you need it, is the guiding light to drive you to better things. It is also to humble you, to doing the right ones."
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[personal profile] insurgoaltus 2015-03-20 02:46 am (UTC)(link)
Dorian started to build a small probing force against that chink, ready to move in a few moves, before he looked up into that pale, quiet face.

"She fears what she doesn't understand - and she refuses to understand it. It isn't about you, Cole. It is ... Sera's version of the world. I don't agree with it, but she doesn't agree with mine either." He almost reached out to touch that cheek, but he'd topple all the pieces. "Yes, it brings you joy, and peace, too. All those things and more."

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