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Black Raspberry - Edin

Author: 1306
Rating: G
Challenge: Black Raspberry #18 ("The grass is always greener on the other side.")
Word Count: 674
Story Arc: Valanga Heights
Title: Edin
Summary: Spencer bides his time in a coffee shop when a friend of his come around to watch him do his work.
A/N: More of my NaNo project this year. Yeah, I'm definitely continuing this.
The coffee shop was usually not as crowded on weekdays; the people Spencer shared the space with were usually those who had night shifts and freelancers hanging around on their idle days. Spencer recognized a few of them. Even fewer of them recognized him.

"Downtime, Spence?" said a fiery redhead in a denim jacket and baggy jeans. "That makes two of us, then."

Spencer looked up and smiled briefly at him. The man then crossed over to the other end of the coffee shop near the bathrooms. The both of them had brought their laptops with them, though Spencer's was slimmer, and thus much delicate than the other's bulkier blue one.

He had been there since an hour ago; back then he hadn't finished his cinnamon roll and decaf. The morning drizzle subsided mere minutes ago, and there weren't that many vehicles huddled together outside. At present, the traffic worsened over the morning, and Spencer was more than glad that he didn't know how to drive.

He mulled over a couple of paragraphs typed out into a small window on his screen. He paused at every other sentence and trailed back to its beginning, often spotting a detail or a word that didn't work for him. Spencer creased his forehead and rewrote the entire sentence; it became a routine for him when writing.

An hour and a half passed since he first came to the coffee shop, and already he had attracted an audience of one. He felt someone breathing over his shoulder, nose poking towards the screen, following the way the words came out letter by letter. Spencer would've felt unease or offense, but he was much too used to being watched closely.

Especially when Edin does it.

"Downtime, Spence?" Edin floated over Spencer's shoulders, flipped over onto his stomach in midair and landed on the chair opposite him. "Now why did I know you'd be here in the same spot as always?"

"Because I've always been here ever since?" Spencer shot an icy look at him. "Why aren't you with Lissie? Don't you two always have mock tea parties by this time?"

"Hey, that was a one-off. Besides, she goes to school too, don't she?"

"Well, as long as you're here, you might as well read through this." Spencer gestured towards the laptop screen. Edin zoomed up beside him and read through the text Spencer had typed out so far. He muttered some of the words under his breath, going into barely audible gibberish at times.

Meanwhile Spencer leaned back in his seat and watched him. Edin looked rather glowing that morning--quite literally, as his translucent blue skin gleamed under the light. His dark brown hair was swept back and curved up, locks sticking out every which way, like waves at their peak in suspended animation. His flat, rounded nose poked out like a diving board, and the side of his face curved softly towards his rounded chin. He wore a blue leather jacket with a red-and-blue striped shirt underneath, and a pair of baggy jeans much like the redhead's. Spencer hadn't seen him wear shoes--not with how his legs ended in pointed wisps like flames wavering in wind.

Spencer knew so well each little detail that made Edin up; that was how he wrote him in one of his stories.

"I'm guessing this isn't my story, is it?" Edin turned to Spencer.

"Well, no," Spencer's mouth curved downwards. "Sorry, pal, I'm trying--the idea will come when it does."

"You know I've never pressured you into anything, right?"

"But what about that one time--"

"Oh shut up, you know what I mean, don't you?" Edin frowned, but only for a split-second when his big grin returned. "Don't force it out if it won't work for you, 'kay? Besides--" he flipped over and landed on the chair next to Spencer. "I'm enjoying these other adventures I'm on with Lissie."

Spencer blinked at him. "What other adventures?"

"That's for me to know," Edin tilted his head at him. "And for you to write down."


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 15th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
Oh well, I did not see that twist coming. Has Spencer actually written his characters into life? Can anyone else see them? I love how they casually talk like they've done this over and over again.
Dec. 15th, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
So I am not entirely sure what's going on here but I am really intrigued! Are Edin and Lissie characters in one of Spencer's stories? (Also, Spencer has a really excellent name.)
Dec. 17th, 2013 09:10 pm (UTC)
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