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Gaheris is standing under the sign, smoking a cigarette in mild… 
5th-Jul-2009 11:35 pm
finding ways to fill up the silence
Gaheris is standing under the sign, smoking a cigarette in mild agitation, still dressed in his Salvation Army clothes. "Yeah, can someone lend me a fifty? I'm about to be evicted."
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6th-Jul-2009 05:10 am (UTC)
"Fifty what?"

Lightman's more than willing to spot the man--assuming what he needs is Earth dollars, and assuming he's telling the truth. Since Lightman is also a deception-detection expert, that shouldn't be too difficult to determine. Is Gaheris on the level?
6th-Jul-2009 05:27 am (UTC)
"Fifty dollars. I think that's what they're using now. The green paper stuff."

He is on the level! He is even on the level about not being sure about the money: that is not sarcasm you are seeing there, Dr. Lightman, it is Gaheris' stubborn refusal to adjust to the twenty-first century. YOU CAN'T MAKE HIM. He is JUST FINE without knowing what a microwave is, DAMMIT.
6th-Jul-2009 05:37 am (UTC)
But Gaheris! Think about it! It's so much easier to reheat pizza in a microwave. Or do your luddite ways keep you from the pleasures of pizza as well?

"You're renting and you don't know what sort of currency people use?" And that's not scorn, that's genuine curiosity.
6th-Jul-2009 05:44 am (UTC)
Psshh, pizza. Gaheris does not truck with pizza. Frankly, Gaheris does not truck much with food, although we think he had some bar pretzels last week maybe.

"I forget." He rubs his forehead with one hand and takes a drag on his cigarette. "They're always changing things. Money looks different all the time. We used to keep it simple, used goddamn kronur for a thousand years, like decent people."
6th-Jul-2009 06:16 am (UTC)
"I think they still use kronur in Denmark," Cal says. "And, er, Sweden and Norway and Iceland. They may be spelled differently." Oh well.

He's got his wallet out, though, and finds a couple of bills hiding out in all the receipts. "Here. I've got... thirty dollars on me. Does this look like the right kind to you?"
6th-Jul-2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
Gaheris studies it. "Yeah, I think that's it. Green stuff." Thank you, Gaheris, for your observational expertise.
6th-Jul-2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Rhianna isn't clear on what he's asking, or precisely why, but what is clear is that things do not seem to be going well for Gaheris. (And, of course, she's still trying to overcome the uncomfortable situation of their last encounter.)

Still, she speaks up, "What's evicted?"
7th-Jul-2009 03:43 am (UTC)
"They're going to throw me out of my apartment. My home."
7th-Jul-2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
She frowns a bit, "That doesn't seem right. Can they do that?"
8th-Jul-2009 03:18 am (UTC)
"Yeah, because I haven't paid my rent money."
8th-Jul-2009 03:27 am (UTC)
"Oh," she says. She sort of gets it. "Maybe you could live elsewhere?"
8th-Jul-2009 03:42 am (UTC)
"Yeah, like the subway." Gaheris smokes furiously. "I actually decided after last year that I shouldn't freeze to death."
8th-Jul-2009 03:44 am (UTC)
"No," she says, maybe a little earnestly, "No, I mean... people live here, I'm told. I've a tent here, myself, right now. That doesn't... there's not.. 'rent money'."

Oh, Rhi.
8th-Jul-2009 04:27 am (UTC)
"I know. I have a place here. I just wanted--I needed a throughway. I have to go out there sometimes."
8th-Jul-2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
"Oh," she goes quiet for a moment. Gaheris befuddles her.
9th-Jul-2009 02:42 am (UTC)
He pauses, trying to work this into something he can explain. "I don't want to go out there, but I have to. That's how I earn money."
9th-Jul-2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
"Oh," she says again, "I see."

She looks him over, "I'm sorry I don't have anything to give you." (It stings that this is the second time she's talked to him, and the second time she's been useless to him.)
10th-Jul-2009 02:36 am (UTC)
Shakes his head. "I'll work something out. I don't know. I always do." Except when he doesn't.
10th-Jul-2009 02:40 am (UTC)
She smiles a little. Nods.
10th-Jul-2009 03:22 am (UTC)
"Thanks, though. I appreciate it."
10th-Jul-2009 03:24 am (UTC)
She shrugs, smiling a little, "I'm not much use, but I wish you well."
10th-Jul-2009 03:32 am (UTC)
"Yeah, I--I noticed that." A small smile.
10th-Jul-2009 03:33 am (UTC)
She laughs, "It's been made plenty obvious, so.."
10th-Jul-2009 04:08 am (UTC)
"Hey, no. I'm the kind of person who doesn't--make friends much. So I appreciate it."
10th-Jul-2009 04:11 am (UTC)
She shrugs again, maybe a little awkwardly, "Maybe it's easier to make friends here than.. there."
10th-Jul-2009 04:37 am (UTC)
Gaheris snorts. Because--yeah.
10th-Jul-2009 04:38 am (UTC)
Her expression shifts -- she doesn't like to be laughed at, but maybe she did leave herself open on that one. "If it's better here, you should just stay here."
10th-Jul-2009 04:53 am (UTC)
"I can't, I've got to eat." Sometimes. "Sell my shit, buy beer and cigarettes. I need to get out for that."
10th-Jul-2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
She nods - it hadn't really occurred to her, until now, just how easy she has it. It makes her uncomfortable.

"I see," she says, after a moment.
10th-Jul-2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Gaheris makes a face. "Otherwise I would stay here. My brother's here."
10th-Jul-2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
"Ah," there's a slight smile. "Your brother. That's good."

Her own brother is dead; it makes her somehow happy to hear that Gaheris' is here & apparently well.
10th-Jul-2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
"Yeah. I thought he was dead. A long time ago."
10th-Jul-2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
A sympathetic almost-wince. "It's well that he's not."
11th-Jul-2009 02:29 am (UTC)
"It's incredible," softly.
11th-Jul-2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
"Losing a brother is..." she shakes her head. "I'm glad he's well."
12th-Jul-2009 02:56 am (UTC)
"Yeah. I lucked out."
12th-Jul-2009 02:57 am (UTC)
She isn't quite sure why she says it, but it's out before she can stop herself, "Mine died. A few years ago."
12th-Jul-2009 04:05 am (UTC)
"Shit. Sorry."
12th-Jul-2009 05:17 am (UTC)
"I guess it was an accident," quietly.
13th-Jul-2009 12:19 am (UTC)
"Jesus. Rough." The look he gives her is genuine, unmasked dismay.
13th-Jul-2009 12:33 am (UTC)
She nods, glancing a little away, "I wasn't there, so..."

Rhianna shrugs, "Anyway."
13th-Jul-2009 12:48 am (UTC)
"Yeah."
13th-Jul-2009 12:50 am (UTC)
Rhianna looks back at him, appraisingly. After a moment, she says, "Well, anyway. Good luck with your... apartment, I guess."
13th-Jul-2009 01:07 am (UTC)
"Thanks. Thanks a lot. See you."
13th-Jul-2009 01:40 am (UTC)
She nods, gives a little wave, and heads off.
7th-Jul-2009 04:16 am (UTC)
I only have pounds and euros with me. You know someone who can change currencies?
7th-Jul-2009 04:55 am (UTC)
"Christ, no."
7th-Jul-2009 04:58 am (UTC)
Sorry, guy. I'm a German living in London.
7th-Jul-2009 05:09 am (UTC)
"It's fine. It's fine."
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