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Papaya #22 / Malt Shoppe Prompt

Author: Regret
Rating: PG
Story: Arkadian
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.
She'd failed.
Even her reflection turned, ashamed, away from her.

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ichthusfish
Sep. 6th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
Aww! Poor Kse! At least she saved him though, that's got to count for something. Nice work :)
nothingtoregret
Sep. 6th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
She'd say she only saved him because Maxim would've been furious, but really I think she's got a little grudging respect for him... Thank you! ^_^
lady_macbeth_19
Sep. 6th, 2010 06:44 am (UTC)
Aw! The last line is very powerful: i love this!
XxLil
nothingtoregret
Sep. 6th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The last line is my favourite part... it put up less of a fight too. >_>;
bookblather
Sep. 6th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
Oh, very powerful. The shame really comes through in this.
nothingtoregret
Sep. 6th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was surprisingly difficult to write... :s
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