vorbratta: (this is how to be a heartbreaker)

[personal profile] vorbratta 2017-03-16 02:10 am (UTC)(link)
[ well, today isn't a day of byerly getting what he wants. sonia doesn't say anything, just looking at him. ]
vorrutyer: (super broody)

[personal profile] vorrutyer 2017-03-16 02:15 am (UTC)(link)
[ But he's more resistant than that. ]

Is there some use to knowing?
vorbratta: (get your hands in it)

[personal profile] vorbratta 2017-03-16 02:20 am (UTC)(link)
[ she hesitates at that. it's not an unfair question. is there some use to knowing? would hearing the answer change anything, change what comes to them now? she doesn't look away, just blinks at him, and her voice is quiet. ]

I told you I wanted the truth.
vorrutyer: (super broody)

[personal profile] vorrutyer 2017-03-16 02:25 am (UTC)(link)
To this, there is no truth.

[ He spreads his hands. ]

Just my dire imaginings.
vorbratta: (set it up and tear it down)

[personal profile] vorbratta 2017-03-16 02:28 am (UTC)(link)
[ dire imaginings. what was he so afraid of that he won't even say it to her now? that in itself is discomfiting. sonia closes a hand over one of his. ]

Byerly...
vorrutyer: (I'm honestly having a time telling)

[personal profile] vorrutyer 2017-03-16 02:31 am (UTC)(link)
Let it be, Sonia. Please.
vorbratta: (get your hands in it)

[personal profile] vorbratta 2017-03-16 02:37 am (UTC)(link)
[ that twists her up inside, and she can't even place why. she drops her gaze to their hands and swallows, some of the air going out of her. her shoulders slacken slightly. her voice is hushed, little more than an inward breath. ]

They're not always so civil with their prisoners.

[ she'd so much as told him that first time he'd come to see her. that leaves a bitter taste in her mouth. ]
vorrutyer: (really fucking stressed)

[personal profile] vorrutyer 2017-03-16 02:38 am (UTC)(link)
[ His lips twist in an agonized grimace. ]

I know.
vorbratta: (this is how to be a heartbreaker)

[personal profile] vorbratta 2017-03-16 02:42 am (UTC)(link)
[ she leans against him, pressing her forehead to his arm and closing her eyes. she exhales slowly. ]

Nobody has laid a hand on me. I'm alright, Byerly.
vorrutyer: (punchable intensity)

[personal profile] vorrutyer 2017-03-17 02:53 am (UTC)(link)
[ He closes his eyes. Her closeness is scarcely even a comfort. ]

I...wonder if that will...I worry, going forward.
vorbratta: (my heart is skipping triplets)

[personal profile] vorbratta 2017-03-17 02:56 am (UTC)(link)
[ sonia's voice is small. she keeps her eyes closed. ]

You think it might still happen.
vorrutyer: (sweaty)

[personal profile] vorrutyer 2017-03-17 02:58 am (UTC)(link)
I think...they now know the handle they have on my loyalty.
vorbratta: (set it up and tear it down)

[personal profile] vorbratta 2017-03-17 03:08 am (UTC)(link)
...Leverage, you mean.
vorrutyer: (punchable intensity)

[personal profile] vorrutyer 2017-03-17 01:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes. I will do...anything if it means your welfare, Sonia.
vorbratta: (get your hands in it)

[personal profile] vorbratta 2017-03-17 02:27 pm (UTC)(link)
[ she clutches his arm tighter. she feels a little sick. ]

Don't -- [ do anything stupid. no, it's nothing stupid. her voice grows firm. ] I won't let it happen.
vorrutyer: (Backpfeifengesicht 3)

[personal profile] vorrutyer 2017-03-17 02:29 pm (UTC)(link)
[ He looks at her, meets her eyes. He looks exhausted. He looks...a little frightened. ]

Won't let...what happen?
vorbratta: (my heart is skipping triplets)

[personal profile] vorbratta 2017-03-17 02:33 pm (UTC)(link)
[ that frightened look in byerly's eyes chills her a little. it fills her with dread in return. she tightens her grip on him. ]

Anything that -- anything they might use as leverage against you. I won't just -- let them use you like that.

[ the cetagandans want her alive, she knows. she has a bigger bargaining chip than her dignity or welfare. ]
vorrutyer: (super broody)

[personal profile] vorrutyer 2017-03-17 02:43 pm (UTC)(link)
We have to be realistic.

[ He swallows, looking down at his hands. ]

It may not be so simple, that we can just...say no. I won't let it happen.
vorbratta: (you better be the first to run)

[personal profile] vorbratta 2017-03-17 02:50 pm (UTC)(link)
I know that.

[ that's the whole point of it. she knows that. she looks down at his hands, too, her throat tight. ]

But I'm not going to just -- accept that. I won't. [ her voice drops. ] Their imaginations are cruel. If I lay down and accept one fate, they'll come up with something more...creative.
vorrutyer: (sweaty)

[personal profile] vorrutyer 2017-03-17 02:57 pm (UTC)(link)
They're not...sadists, though.

[ He rubs at his face. ]

There's a purpose behind their actions. And so if there's no purpose to hurting you, they won't.
vorbratta: (set it up and tear it down)

[personal profile] vorbratta 2017-03-17 03:00 pm (UTC)(link)
[ sonia bites her lips together. ]

They've done plenty of cruelty to other Barrayaran women without purpose. [ she shakes her head. ] I don't know. Maybe you're right. But that doesn't mean I'll stand idly by.
vorrutyer: (serious)

[personal profile] vorrutyer 2017-03-17 03:01 pm (UTC)(link)
[ ...True. But her rank will...surely protect her. Right?

He rubs at his face again. ]


Do you have a plan?
vorbratta: (this is how to be a heartbreaker)

[personal profile] vorbratta 2017-03-17 03:05 pm (UTC)(link)
[ protect her, maybe. or merely use it to serve a point. sonia doesn't pretend to understand how their minds work. ]

Not...exactly. Just...an idea.
vorrutyer: (hung over 1)

[personal profile] vorrutyer 2017-03-17 04:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Is it...something you can tell me?
vorbratta: (but never on your sleeve)

[personal profile] vorbratta 2017-03-17 04:39 pm (UTC)(link)
[ sonia's quiet for a while. she's sure he won't like it. she just unwinds her arm from around his and stares at her hands in her lap. ]

They won't ever threaten you with my life. They want to keep me alive. [ for the foreseeable future, anyway. ] It's the only thing I have any control over.

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