Challenge: Papaya #22 - Now What? / shayna611's picture prompt
Extras: Malt, Pocky
Word Count: 100
Summary: Kse patches up Paradigm and realises her life's just gone downhill.
Notes: This is very early on, shortly after Maxim engineers their meeting; for once, Kse didn't shoot someone... I had this in mind ever since I saw the picture but couldn't find the words to articulate it. Still can't, really.
Kse examined her handiwork, slumbering fitfully on the hotel sheets. The blood had slowed, the vivid red no longer an inexorable spread. Paradigm murmured in his sleep, sweat glossing his forehead. Probably shock.
That he'd tried to shrug off the wound rankled. She might've sworn to kill him, but she was no monster; letting a deep gash go septic to spite her was stupidity...
She frowned, turned away, went to wash his blood from her hands. Above the sink her reflection stared back disapprovingly. Four hours and she'd lost everything.
Even her reflection turned, ashamed, away from her.