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« on: August 10, 2008, 02:54:33 AM »
(Continued from \'Curiosity\')

When the car pulled up outside the apartment building, Tau was careful not to look at Alacer in any particular way and definitely not for too long.  He wasn\'t sure how long a look was considered staring but he didn\'t want to ask just yet; he was rather too jumpy about it all just now.

He walked to he back of the car with his new houseguest and helped her gather the two rat cages in there.  After ensuring the two of them were right with their loads, he thanked the driver for his service and led the way up the stairs of his apartment building.  His unit was on the second floor, to the left as the walked towards it.  The main stairs were set into the very centre of the building - stone on the outside, leading to simple, grubby cement switchback stairs inside - and carried them up to his unit with some walking around an open corridor (you could look into the stairwell on every floor) once they got to the second floor.

At his door, he had to juggle his laptop and rats cage in order o get his key out - locking the apartment was a new thing he did, ever since he\'d begun upgading his furniture.  The doorway let them into the very corner of the apartment; Tau closed the door behind his houseguest and locked it once she was in.  With a sweeping gesture, he introduced his home to her.

"This is where I live.  Where you will live, for as long as you need to," he told her.  They stood in the lounge area, a large plasma televesion and sophisticated entertainment system housed by a black wall unit to their left and two chocolate-coloured suede sofas arranged in a \'v\' before it.  Surround sound speakers stood at strategic points beside the couches and in the unit at the fron of the room.  Other than a few cushions, the room wasn\'t decorated at all and the paintwork was less than stellar.

Beyond the lounge were two doors set side by side in the expansive side wall of the building.  The door on the right was closed, the left was open and the foot of a wooden bed, a dresse beyond and the side of a built-in wardrobe could be seen.  There were also quite a few piles of clothing on the floor and a jacket draped over the couch farthest from where they currently stood.  It was the closed door that Tau gestured at, however.

"This will be your room," he told Alec and strode towards it, weaving his way between the couches and slyly dropping his laptop upon one as he approached the spare bedroom.  He opened the door to show her this room was like the mirror opposite to his; the built-in robe stood against the wall directly in front of them (back to back with his in his room), leaving only a small entryway into the room, considering there was a computer desk and set dresser drawers set agains the wall to their immediate right (the one they stood beside).  A large ensemble queen sized bed dominated the small room, pressed against the wall to the right and the one opposite was filled by a sliding glass door and security screen door that led onto the end of the small balcony.

He\'d been planning to buy a computer for the desk he\'d set up in this room - not to mention a chair - but his money didn\'t permit that yet.  It was a good place to put the rat cages, however, so that was what Tau did, before stepping out of the room so Alec could go in and take a look around.  "Do you think you will need anything more?" he enquired worriedly, watching her inspect the room.  The bed had brand new manchester and four pillows, the cupboard was bare so there was plenty of room for her clothing collection to expand... he didn\'t think she\'d need anything else, beyond being shown where the bathroom was for convenience\'s sake.

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Re: Houseguest
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2008, 03:37:50 AM »
Alec looked around the room. It was very well put together than what she had seen in a while. She was truly thankful for Tau. She hadn\'t really stayed in a house since her parents died years before. She walked slowly around the room, running her hands over the desk and bed. She walked back around to the door and stood in front of Tau. She walked up to hi and stood up on her toes to hug him. She wrapped her arms around his shoulders and hugged him tight. "Thank you so much Tau. You don\'t know how much this means to me. Thank you." She closed her eyes and embraced him tighter before letting him go and stepping back. Her eyes showed her gratitude as she looked at him. She tred to push the thought of warmth out of her mind as she looked at him.
Last night I lay in bed and looked up at the stars in the sky, and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?

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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2008, 10:43:23 PM »
The contact - initiated by her though it was - startled him and he was wary of returning the embrace.  He did so, gingerly, all the while thinking about what touches would bring about in terms of consequences, if stares could mean a jail cell... the thought wasn\'t reassuring and the most he did was half-pat her back beore she released him and he could straighten away from her.


"Uh... did you want me to show you the rest of the place?" he offered, feeling awkward.  It was a stupid question really, because the apartment wasn\'t exactly so big she\'d get lost and logic would lead her to the bathroom and laundry in the back but he understood the role of host enough to realise it was polite to offer (he\'d picked such mannerisms up while working at the Oligarchy).


While he waited for her response he took off his suit jacket and loosened his tie, keen to be out of his clothes now that he was home (as well as finding it a convenient thing for his hands to do).

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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2008, 12:46:57 AM »
Alec smiled at him. "You know I should have never mentioned that. I just didn\'t want you to get hurt or something." She sighed deeply. "Okay, pretend I never said anything. I wouldn\'t put you in jail or anything anyway, so please, be comfortable around me. I promise you are not offending me in any way and have never. Please stop being....wary." She looked up at him with a sad look in her eyes.

Alec desided to anwer his other question. "Yes please, I would love to see the rest of the apartment." She stood very still waiting for Tau to show her around.
Last night I lay in bed and looked up at the stars in the sky, and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?

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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2008, 07:05:28 AM »
His expression was grim as she pointed out that she\'d detected his awkwardness with physical contact.  He didn\'t enjoy being so transparent but others often did manage to see exactly what was on his mind and it annoyed him as much as it surprised him.

"Oh," was all that he said in response before he backed out of Jed\'s room - her room, he told himself - and into the main living area.  "This is the lounge," he told her, proceeding to point out the remotes and what buttons were important for turning the television and the sound on before he led her back around the suede three seater and towards the sparse dining area.

With every new place he took her, he continued to undress, talking minimally to point out the important things in his kitchen, laundry and bathroom with his right hand, while his left arm was occupied holding clothes.  His tie was upon the jacket draped over his arm in the lounge room, the buttons on his shirt were undone in the dining area, his business shirt was gone in the kitchen and his white singlet (he\'d been told early on that it was the done thing for men with dark hair upon their chests to wear an extra layer of shirt to hide the shadows of his body - much to his disgust) was off in the bathroom/laundry.

Preceding her back down the slight hall between the kitchen and the storage cupboards between the bathroom and her room, Alec would be able to see the few little scars he had on his sleek, muscular back.  The light picked them small puckers up as he moved lithely towards the front area of the apartment, now unbuckling his belt and the button of his pants.  Reaching his bedroom, he snapped on the light and stepped in to casually sort out the clothing folded on his left arm.

"This is my room," he told Alec needlessly, dropping his shirt and singlet into his dirty laundry basket just near the door (it was an old, plastic milk crate) and opening the closest cupboard door.  If she remained politely in the doorway, her view would be mostly blocked as he took out hangers to put his tie and jacket upon.  The bed wasn\'t made - it looked like something had been brawling in it before the covers were kicked downward and skewed sideways, hanging off the unfortunate furniture on both sides, while the four pillows at the top skulked crookedly against the wooden slat headboard, hoping not to be attacked again - but his place was neat otherwise.

When the cupboard door closed, Tau\'s shoes and pants were gone.  Looking rather like a model for some sort of men\'s underwear magazine, he was facing Alacer wearing only a pair of clinging black boxer briefs and black socks.  His hands were on his hips and his expression had returned to uncertain once more.  "It would be wrong to move around the house like this, would it not?  You would prefer I put some jeans on?" he queried, knowing it would be offensive to loll about only in his underwear but hoping she\'d tell him otherwise.

She\'d said he should relax around her, she wasn\'t going to send him to jail, so he dared to ask.  He normally lolled about his home completely naked but had decided he could bear the soft cotton of his underpants for the sake of modesty (not that they left much to the imagination but he\'d done a little quick manoeuvring while still behind his wardrobe door so that his flaccid self was tucked towards his left thigh and wasn\'t likely to fall out through the fly opening - which he\'d also ensured was pulled over as much as was possible).  They sat just below the points of his hips and reached to the top of his muscular thighs and he doubted they\'d hinder him too much.

Of course, should she object to the very stunning display of his svelte physique and insisted he wear pants, he was fully prepared to.  He had some nice loose jeans that just managed to cling to his pelvis and stay up but had nice broad legs that wouldn\'t be too annoying.  A shirt was out of the question, as were shoes, but pants were the important part anyway, he figured.  The nice pattern of his chest hair covering his molded pectorals and trailing sensually down over his rippled abdomen had interested his old boss greatly but Tau didn\' view his houseguest in the same way.  She wasn\'t a woman, she was a Shifter.

He leaned down and removed his socks while he waited for her verdict, tossing them into the milk crate basket as well (Alec had the same thing in her room, for dirty clothes).  His most prominent scar - where the bear trap had just about severed his leg - was entirely visible, but it was the only real imperfection on his lean, triangular body (broad shoulders tapering to a narrow waist and long legs).

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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2008, 09:59:04 AM »
(I have a question of technicality. Do they have to be naked in order to shift? I just thought of that and realized it never said.

Alec followed him through the small apartment as he showed her around and told her of the different things in the den and kitchen. She tried not to notice as he began undressing while showing her around. As he took off his tie and shirt she wasn\'t that bothered but when he took off his singlet she took a deep intake of breath. As she tried to stifle it, she blushed. As he led her back through the small hallway she could see the faint indications of scars along his back. She was distracted once again when he started to unbuckle his belt and unbutton his pants. He led her back to his room and she waited in the doorway as he put away clothes. She could see part of the bed and that was all from her current vantage point.

Alec gasped slightly as he closed the cupboard and faced her. He only wore underwear and socks now with his hands on his hips. She looked down as he asked her if she would prefer he put some pants on. It almost sounded as if he wanted to keep his underwear. She looked up as he laened up from throwing socks in his makeshift hamper. Alec saw thhe way his hair on his chest went down to his abdomen. She could sense the heat from him and wanted nothing more to go and curl up beside him, though that would probably spook him or something. She looked up at his face again. Now that he had nothing to cover his body heat it was much harder to resist.

She started to speak. "Well....I-It wouldn\'t be completely appropriate...but whatever you want to do....I just ask that you don\'t go naked." She blushed furiously as she looked up at him and said the last part in a slight rush. I am way too nice, she thought to herself. Her cooler body wanted nothing more than to go to him and get against him but her human side was telling her not to. She shifted to the left, rolling her body as if she slithered. She had a bad feeling that she was going to spend a lot of time near him just because of his heat. As she looked back up his body she blushed again, she thought he was very handsome.....but she didn\'t let her thoughts wander farther than that. She stood there to see what he would say or if he suggested something for her to do. She hoped her uncomfortableness wasn\'t as visible as she thought it was.
Last night I lay in bed and looked up at the stars in the sky, and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?

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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2008, 08:01:28 PM »
(They can shift inside clothing as long as their animal form can accept it.  As a cougar, pants would be restrictive but I imagine Alec would have no issues, she could just slither out of clothes.  Once she shifts back, however, she\'s naked ;))

"Oh.  Alright," Tau agreed, obviously disappointed but accepting Alacer\'s view that him in his underwear wasn\'t entirely appropriate.  "I sleep naked," he warned her as he turned on the spot (there was only half a metre between the foot of his bed and his wardrobe and even less down the side where the dresser stood beside the bed) and leaned around to see down the side he slept on.  "So don\'t wander in at night."

He pulled the pair of jeans he\'d dropped on the floor however long ago it was out from under his bed (most of his clothes got dry cleaned and he wasn\'t very good at keeping track of the stuff that got washed) and then straightened to put them on.  He walked back towards the door doing up the button above his zip fly, somewhat startled to look up and see his houseguest still in the doorway.

"I\'m just going to eat a steak and then watch television," he told her slowly, wondering if she needed anything else from him.  He\'d shown her around the house, she had her own food now... what more could she need?  He was very much at a loss as to what to do with her beyond these basics, since his life was very simple.  He worked, he came home, he undressed and he watched television.  After a long day at the Oligarchy, his brain was usually extremely strained and he didn\'t have the energy or desire to force himself out of the apartment to socialise (even though that was the reason he\'d come to the city).

Truthfully, he was quite lonely without his brother and was looking forward to having someone else to talk to that wasn\'t work related... he just had no idea how to go about such things.  It didn\'t occur to him to just talk (though it likely would once they\'d had their time apart to eat their respective meals and if she ended up on the two seater couch in the lounge room - he always sprawled along the full length of the three seater).  His hands rested - thumbs hooked inside the waistband - above the crotch of his jeans while he watched Alec, waiting for her to clear out of his doorway so he could go to he kitchen and gulp down a raw steak while leaning over the sink, as he always did (who needed cutlery?).

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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2008, 09:50:20 PM »
Alec was thankful that he put his pants on. She blushed slightly as she retreated back to her own room. Once Alec was in her room she closed the door behind her. She looked around her room once again, it had a bed. She walked over to the bed and inspected it with her fingertips, it was very soft. Alec crawled up on the bed and lay down. It was a little too soft to begin with and she knew she would probably end up sleeping in the floor. She hopped back off the bed and made her way to the rat cages. "Hey," she said quietly to the rodents as she approached. The rats could sense what she was and tried to run to the oppoosite side of the cages. She opened the one with the \'snack rats\' and pulled one of the smaller ones out as she closed it again.

She grimaced as she held the little creature in her hand. She hated this part while human, the hair always scratched her throat. Alec quickly snapped the poor creatures neck, instantly killing it. She held it up by the tail. "Here goes nothing," she mumbled to herself. She opened her mouth and leaned her head back, lowering the rat into her mouth. A few seconds later she had swallowed the rat completely and could feel it in her stomach. It still confused her for the way that she could eat those things while human, even without venom to start the decomp process. Alec sighed and walked to her messenger bag. Thankfully she had found a shower earlier and took one so she didn\'t need another. She unzipped the bag and sorted through it, ifshe was going to be in the same room as Tau she would need less clothes so she could pick up his body heat. She found a tanktop and a pair of shorts. Alec quickly stripped her own clothes and put them in the crate for dirty clothes. She put on her recently found clothes and looked at the marks on her legs. Te marks were her rattles in snake form. She walked back to the door,opened it, and walked out. She walked to the den area and stood there for a moment.
Last night I lay in bed and looked up at the stars in the sky, and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?

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« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2008, 10:15:29 PM »
Tau was just as grateful when Alec moved away without further ado and although he found her closing her door an odd thing, he made a mental note of it; women liked privacy he supposed, so he would have to remember to spare her and close his bedroom door as well.
 
He ate his steak in record time, washed his hands and then headed for the lounge, as per usual. He was still channel surfing when she emerged from her room and he looked up at her - laying on his left side, leaning on the elbow with his right foot on the high back of the couch and his left twitching on he seat cushions - with a small smile before his intense blue eyes returned to the flickering television screen.
 
The three seater was facing the bedrooms, its back towards the front door, while the two seater was the opposite (though both were angled so that they made a slight \'V\' pattern. "I have a spare key for you," he told her off-handedly, having thought of this fact while he ate - it was on a silver \'J\' keyring inside his top bedside drawer, meant for his brother\'s return but... that wasn\'t going to happen any time soon. "I can get it if you want to go out?" he enquired, dragging his gaze away from the television long enough to watch her approach.
 
His gaze lowered to look her over, then he remembered that wasn\'t allowed and he looked away - then he remembered he was, if he didn\'t stare and he looked back, interested in how much skin she suddenly had on display. His gaze was slow but not lingering and finished directed (appropriately) at her eyes, his eyebrows lifted to match his enquiry.

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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2008, 07:32:20 AM »
Alec looked at Tau as he said he had a key. "Thank you," she said, glancing up at the televison. "I don\'t want to go out right now," she said looking back at him, "I haven\'t been in an apartment or house for so long, it\'s kind of nice." She made her way to the two seat couch and sat down. She pulled her knees up to her chin and curled her arms around them. Her markings on her legs were visible, bands of tan colored skin on her lower legs near her feet that wrapped all the way around her leg. The TV fascinated her for a few minutes then she looked around the room again. She could feel Tau\'s heat from where she was and she could sense it as well. She looked over to him and tilted her head to the side. "Your heat," she said pausing, " Are you that warm because you are more mammal?" She knew her question sounded slightly odd but she was curious. "You\'re much warmer without the suit."
Last night I lay in bed and looked up at the stars in the sky, and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?

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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2008, 11:02:13 AM »
Tau\'s expression was nonplussed.  "Uh... I don\'t know," he told her honestly.  "I do overheat quite easily so I think I have a higher body temperature than some but... I don\'t think it is anything to do with being a Shifter," he shrugged, still thinking even as he offered his opinion.

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« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2008, 11:11:31 AM »
Alec looked at him and shrugged. She looked at him. "You are warmer than most people. I think it\'s because you are a mammal." She looked at him for another long minute. "It\'s unbearable," she murmured. She looked up at him and explained slightly. "I am colder than you and am used to warm weather, I grew up in the desert. My body wants near the heat. You are technically the heat." She blushed slightly and shrugged. She couldn\'t help her Shifter side no matter how hard she tried to fight it.

(Can Shifters shift fast or slow?)
Last night I lay in bed and looked up at the stars in the sky, and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?

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« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2008, 05:57:00 PM »
Tau was uncomfortable beneath her gaze, fully aware that it kept lingering on him.  He tried not to stare at her (though the markings on her legs had him intrigued, for he could see how they related to her as a snake but was fascinated by how they showed up on her human skin) but couldn\'t help glancing furtively over.  She was sitting no more than a metre away from his feet and his hearing was excellent, so he could pick up everything she said.

Shifting position so that his long leg was no longer extended up and on the back of the couch (it did seem rude to be directing his crotch towards where she sat), he shuffled into a more upright position, with both legs sprawled along the couch, as she spoke.  Her words surprised and unsettled him; Alec seemed to have a gift for keeping him guessing about what she meant and second guessing his own actions in the process.  His instincts told him that living with her wasn\'t going to be nearly as easy as he\'d believed but he was loathe to make that judgment on their very first night together.

"So...," he drawled warily - from beneath a frown that never seemed to leave his heavily-browed face whenever she spoke, "are you saying that you wish to share this couch with me?"  He was beginning to wonder: was it all women that baffled him or was it just her?

He could understand that mammals were a lot hotter than reptiles but he didn\'t truly believe that he was any sort of special mammal because of his body temperature.  Just special to her.  There was room for her to lay with him on his couch, of course, but there would be full body contact and... well, he didn\'t believe she\'d be willing to go that far.  He also couldn\'t come up with an alternative as to what she\'d actually meant, however - especially with that very pretty blush colouring her cheeks yet again.  He\'d noticed the colouring occurring more often since they\'d got home but attributed it to simply being uncertain in a new environment and being confronted with his rather ungracious habits; now he was starting to wonder if there was more to those rosey cheeks than he\'d assumed.

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« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2008, 09:41:09 PM »
Alec\'s cheeks turned slightly redder at his question and she shook her head. "N-no, it\'s just..... you\'re a lot warmer than me and... for some reason I\'ve always been attracted to heat. I sense it." She was slightly embarassed that her cold-blooded body wanted to be near him. She shifted in her seat to where she was sitting with her legs over the front of the couch, a proper sitting position. She leaned forward putting her elbows on her knees and looked at the television before looking back at him. Her tatoo was visible on her left arm, the snake wrapping around it. She put he head in her hands, "I\'m so so so confused." She murmured it into her hands.
Last night I lay in bed and looked up at the stars in the sky, and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?

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« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2008, 10:09:22 PM »
Tau blinked, hearing Alec confess to being confused.  Out of the two of them, he couldn\'t see why she would be baffled, because she knew herself and her tendencies to close in on warmth, didn\'t she?  He couldn\'t see what else there was to be confused about!

"Uh... why? You are not the one who was given fresh insight into the world of sexual harrassment tonight and now has to try and keep it in mind when dealing with women from now on," he told her sombrely, feeling his own confusion far more warranted than hers.  He was always competitive and now it seemed he was relaxed enough to feel it with Alacer.