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Then And Again 
27th-Jan-2011 07:40 pm
i am exhausted, worn out
Victor looks rather tired as he enters the Nexus. Not quite as bad as he did back when he was having the recurring autopsy nightmares, but still rather sleepy. He looks around as he runs his fingers through his hair. "I've been having some -- odd dreams lately," he says. "Well, more nightmares, if I'm honest. Not every night, thankfully, but often enough. It's always the same -- darkness, tentacles, and someone--" Someone demanding he vacate his own body so something can take it and make sure he never lives again "-- someone demanding something rather large of me," he finishes lamely. "What worries me is that they started after I went to Wonderland with Alice. I know I should speak to her about them, just -- what's the best w-way to start that conversation? She's going to worry, I'm sure, and I'd like to minimize the stress on her." In his opinion, Alice has had enough pain in her life, and he hates that he might add to it.
28th-Jan-2011 01:00 am (UTC)
"Its never easy to start a conversation like that, when you are concerned about making her worried. But I believe honest communication is a cornerstone of every relationship."

"She deserves to know what worries you."
28th-Jan-2011 01:09 am (UTC)
"Oh, I know," Victor says. "The last time I had recurring nightmares, I tried to keep them to myself and not worry everyone. That -- didn't work out so well." He's quite grateful that Frostbite spilled the beans to Marty and Doc back then. "I just -- I don't want to s-say something stupid or accidentally h-hurt her feelings. H-how do I say that the world she worked so hard to save seems to give me nightmares?"
28th-Jan-2011 01:11 am (UTC)
"Well... don't blame her world. Perhaps start with mentioning that something from that world has given you nightmares."

"You never know... it might be a sign of danger to her world. Something she needs to know about."
28th-Jan-2011 01:15 am (UTC)
"I certainly can't blame Wonderland -- I just don't understand it," he says. "We had a lovely time of things. I was perfectly happy my entire time there." Though he's wondering now if this maybe has something to do with Heart Palace. It is odd that he knew about it before Alice properly said. . .

He grimaces. "Oh, I hope not. She went through enough with the Queen."
28th-Jan-2011 01:17 am (UTC)
"Victor. I hate to worry you further. But if I was a Big Bad going after the Slayer in my world... I would take out her closest ally first. Or use her lover. Weaken her supports."

"Someone could be targetting you to hurt Alice. She needs to know."
28th-Jan-2011 01:23 am (UTC)
"Oh hell," Victor mutters, then blushes. "Excuse my language." He may be more savvy to the ways of the modern world, but he did grow up in Victorian England, and "hell" is still a strong swear for him, especially in front of a woman. "I'll have to tell her right away, then. I really hope I don't make a mess of things in the process, though." He shakes his head. "It would be quite unfair for something like this to happen now. When things were so. . .nice."
28th-Jan-2011 01:27 am (UTC)
"...Life might toss bumps and challenges at you and Alice, Victor. But together you can walk them together."

"Would you like for me to give you some peace from these nightmares?"
28th-Jan-2011 01:33 am (UTC)
Victor smiles a little. "That's true enough. And if something horrible is happening, at least I can offer my support to her this time."

He tilts his head, hopefully curious. He's tried hugging his pillow already (as Marty advised all that time ago), but it's not working as well as he'd hoped. "How?"
28th-Jan-2011 01:36 am (UTC)
"I could help you build some mental blocks to protect yourself. And if I get a glimmer of anything else in the process... it might be useful for Alice." April's pyschic powers have proved useful before.
28th-Jan-2011 01:51 am (UTC)
Intrigued Victor is intrigued. "A wall to keep the nightmares out? That sounds very useful," he says. "And yes, if there is anything you can pick up. . . ." If shit's going to hit the fan, he wants them to have all the advantages they can get. Too bad his mun is on the evil side. . . .
28th-Jan-2011 01:52 am (UTC)
April reaches out her hands, so she could use her gifts easier in touching Victor's mind. Hopefully this goes well. Up to victor mun what happens, if she can create a wall, if she sees anything.
28th-Jan-2011 02:01 am (UTC)
Victor's mind is pretty much worry central, for the most part -- he seems to have large sections dedicated to anxiety. It's just really what he is. She's not going to find any resistance toward putting up the blocks to keep the nightmares at bay, since Victor's totally on board with the idea.

Unfortunately, a certain something lurking in his head is also able to camouflage itself as something that belongs there. Mainly because it's feeding off something that Victor believes does belong there, and because it believes it itself should be. It also has no objections toward the wall, which means April won't even notice it.
28th-Jan-2011 02:08 am (UTC)
As this is more about April showing Victor how to develop his own mental blocks, the link is very instructive. It won't be her own blocks, but natural blocks that Victor could use on his own next time.

When she is done, April smiles. "I didn't sense anything from establishing the blocks. But I hope they help."
28th-Jan-2011 02:28 am (UTC)
Victor absorbs all the information -- as stated before, he's all for this. Could be useful for other things too.

He grins back, relieved. "Good. And thank you -- I do think they will." He already feels better just knowing he has the ability to block out the darkness and tentacles if he wants. He has enough trouble sleeping on his own, nightmares, you don't need to help.
28th-Jan-2011 02:29 am (UTC)
April moves to give Victor a hug. She feels he needs one right now.
28th-Jan-2011 02:31 am (UTC)
Victor accepts and returns it -- he did need one. Those dreams were disturbing. "Thank you," he repeats.

"How are you doing?" he asks a moment later. He'd feel it rude not to ask how she is.
28th-Jan-2011 02:34 am (UTC)
"Clark and I recently had a bump in the road." She softly admits. "And we are trying to recover."
28th-Jan-2011 02:39 am (UTC)
"Oh, I'm sorry to hear that," Victor says, frowning. "W-what happened? If you don't mind my asking, of course."
28th-Jan-2011 02:42 am (UTC)
"Um... Clark had been human for a while. He got shot. And he... he died." April shivers slightly at the memory. "He was returned to life."
28th-Jan-2011 02:44 am (UTC)
"He -- oh my," Victor whispers. "That must have been horrible for you both." He has a sudden thought about Alice getting hurt like that and can't hold back a shiver of his own. "I'm glad he was saved, at least."
28th-Jan-2011 02:48 am (UTC)
"Me too." Of course Clark is currently dealing with guilt, as a life will be taken in the balance of things. So the couple hasn't had much couple time recently as a result.

"I tought I had lost him."
28th-Jan-2011 02:50 am (UTC)
Indeed -- it's a tough situation all around.

Victor nods, then offers her a hug of his own. Now he thinks she's the one who needs it.
28th-Jan-2011 02:56 am (UTC)
"Thank you." April returned the hug. It was good to have friends in these times.
28th-Jan-2011 02:59 am (UTC)
It's always good to have friends. "I'm sure you and Clark will be able to get through this," Victor says encouragingly. "You're very lucky to have each other."
28th-Jan-2011 03:06 am (UTC)
"And the same goes to you and Alice. I know you will get through this."
28th-Jan-2011 03:14 am (UTC)
"Thank you." It's good to have someone saying positive things like that. It gives him a needed boost of confidence.
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