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[Demyx is sitting in the Traverse Hotel lobby with his belongings and looking miserable. Genuinely miserable. He stopped by the Old Man's place on the way to the hotel, the guy who took him in when Demyx came out of the Mist.

He's gone. Likely dead, according to a passerby]


Mar. 2nd, 2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
[Oh hey, look. It's Demyx. Looking...completely depressed. Esme would have run over to him even if he hadn't looked so mopey, but she certainly has to now. Having no idea how grave this really is, she gives him a playful little shoulder punch.]

I know this move was all very sudden, but try to contain your excitement.
Mar. 2nd, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
[Demyx glances at Esme, slightly embarrassed. He remembers the Mist incident.]

Mar. 2nd, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
[No need to be embarrassed! What are friends for? She smiles.]


[She sits down next to him without waiting for an invitation.]

Is this hotel really that terrible, or is there another reason you're camping out here in the lobby?
Mar. 3rd, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
It's not that.

[he sighs. He hates talking about 'emotions', but...Esmeralda's cool. He likes her]

I stayed in town after I got outta the Mist with an old man. No one knows where he is now.
Mar. 3rd, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
[All her playfulness and snark immediately evaporates. Her expression quickly becomes truly worried, though she keeps her voice calm.]

Are you certain? Did you ask enough people?
Mar. 3rd, 2012 12:34 am (UTC)
The lady next door said he just vanished, and her customers agreed.
Mar. 3rd, 2012 12:45 am (UTC)
[Her mind runs through all the usual reasons someone would leave without warning. She hopes she doesn't offend him by asking the obvious, but it has to be asked.]

Can you think of any reason he would have to leave? Somewhere he would have to be, someone he would need to check on?
Mar. 3rd, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
Nope. He said everyone in his family died a few years ago.

[No offense taken, he's just depressed as hell]
Mar. 3rd, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
[She doesn't want to lose hope - there could still be an explanation for this. But she feels the weight of his words.

Her voice is gentle when she speaks.]

He was kind to you?
Mar. 3rd, 2012 02:20 am (UTC)
He was the one who let me live with him after I got outta the Mist. So, yeah, you could say he was nice to me.
Mar. 3rd, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
Do you...have any ideas as to what might have happened?

[She's almost afraid to ask this; she's not encouraging thinking or assuming the worst.]
Mar. 3rd, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
The Mist.

[Demyx, unfortunately, is thinking the worst]

S'the only reason he'd leave without a note.
Mar. 3rd, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
[That might be true, but she doesn't want to rule out the possibility that he might be alive just yet.]

You should look for him - I'll help you.
Mar. 3rd, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
Where? This town's not that big. You can't go to the bathroom without someone else knowin'.
Mar. 3rd, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
[She'd have to see someone's cold dead corpse before giving up hope and pronouncing them done for (and even then, she'd insist on checking for a pulse herself), so she's not quite convinced. But right now, that doesn't matter. What matters is Demyx. This is his loss.]

I'm sorry.
Mar. 4th, 2012 02:33 am (UTC)
S'fine. It's not like I expected him to stick around for too long.

[Really, he didn't. He wouldn't have.]
Mar. 10th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
Still. There's a painful difference between expecting something and it actually happening.

[She reaches out her hand, but then pulls it back. It's automatic for her to reach out to someone, but every time she's initiated physical contact before, it's made him uncomfortable. So she merely sits beside him.]
Mar. 10th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
I'm more annoyed about the lack of a note or something. Even if he wasn't gonna stick around, he'd still leave a letter or somethin'.
Mar. 10th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
I'm sure he wouldn't have done that purposefully. If he had known...

[Most people don't plan on becoming Mist victims, but she knows Demyx knows this.]

If he had known, he would have left a note for you.
Mar. 10th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
[Demyx shrugs]

Maybe I'm just pissed at the Mist ruining my life again.
Mar. 10th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
No one could blame you for that.

[But still...]

I hope he'll find his way back to his life here, and to you. It may not be right away, but I hope it does happen.