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Lichtenstein has a cigarette in hand, for a change. A very rare… 
3rd-Apr-2012 11:22 pm
Coping Mechanism
Lichtenstein has a cigarette in hand, for a change. A very rare indulgence, but one he is enjoying thoroughly. He takes some time to enjoy it by himself before he even considers talking to people. Eventually he taps his cigarette on the ashtray, exhales slowly, gets momentarily distracted by the diffusion of smoke, and then goes to ask his question. "Do people have a compulsive need to openly pry into a person's life?"

A heartbeat passes before he adds, "And do you find it necessary to trust someone you're working with?"
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4th-Apr-2012 02:43 am (UTC)
"It depends on how interesting the other person's life is," the young queen retorts with a wide grin.

"...but I don't tend to trust anyone who is trying to find out things I didn't feel like sharing"
4th-Apr-2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
"Would it depend on how willing the person is to tell you?"

"How much of that is because you're suspicious about their reasons for prying, and how much is because you know what they might find?"
4th-Apr-2012 07:21 am (UTC)
::People smoking nearby always make Schuldig want to smoke. It's a telepath thing.::

People do. I sure as hell do. It's entertaining, and sometimes it makes you feel better about how your own life is going.

If you're working with someone you need to be able to trust in at least a few things about them. In some cases it's that you can trust them not to have your back or not to stay with you in hard times. It's always better to know things like that in advance.
4th-Apr-2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
Lichtenstein will feel free to look at Schuldig like he's mad. Admittedly, he looks at a lot of people that way, but less in the Nexus. "Which part is entertaining? Trying to get them to give in, or actually listening to them talk about their life?"

Here, Schuldig makes a good point. Lichtenstein nods and absently taps his bottom lip. "You need to trust in your understanding of them, then, but not necessarily in them being kind? That... sounds like a sensible way of doing things."
4th-Apr-2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
Always the first, sometimes the second. Gossip and sadism are inescapable parts of human nature and human society.

Yeah. In some situations you need help or backup but can't find a... classically trustworthy person for it, so you take what you can get.

Edited at 2012-04-04 07:13 pm (UTC)
4th-Apr-2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
"Then when did people stop talking behind each other's backs and start pestering them head on? I thought people found it fun because they thought they were being secretive. Terribly badly, but... trying."

"That is a very good way of dealing with it." Lichtenstein pauses, then adds, "Though I suppose you're speaking from experience, so you'd know what you're talking about."
4th-Apr-2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
Some people enjoy confrontations and causing drama. ::"Some people," Schu?:: Others like to prove their moral superiority, especially if it makes the inferior miserable.

About two and a half decades of experience, ja.
4th-Apr-2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
He considers this for a minute, then shakes his head. "People need better hobbies. All the time and energy wasted on something so... unproductive."

A frown. "Have you ever done anything else?"
4th-Apr-2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
::smile:: It's a sign of an advanced society that people have time for unproductive things.

Not really. The organization that trained me sent me out on jobs when I was still in my teens. For the most part, now that I'm free of them, I enjoy the work. Besides, I have fun hobbies.
4th-Apr-2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
He laughs, "Then clearly they aren't aware of what an 'advanced society' is."

Lichtenstein's frown deepens, but that's as far as he shows his disapproval of the whole idea of teenage hitmen. In the end, he's simply a critical observer and Schuldig has likely heard it all before. "How exactly do you go about getting 'fun hobbies' when you're distracting yourself from... a job like yours?"
5th-Apr-2012 12:00 am (UTC)
It beats having to hunt and gather your food and constantly fight off predators.

I actually prefer the assassination and espionage work to playing bodyguard. When you're a bodyguard you're constantly waiting for people to attack you, with everything happening on your enemies' schedule. It feels too passive to me.

I'm not On 24/7, so I have some time. Plus, I'm traveling a lot, and I enjoy new scenery and cuisines. I sometimes hunt down fun souvenirs for a friend of mine.
8th-Apr-2012 12:44 am (UTC)
Lichtenstein's brow shoots up in amusement. "Putting it like that I'm nearly surprised at how many places don't qualify."

"At least you have the benefit of being both so that you know how your opponents think." A smirk then. "Always hunting. Is it easy becoming a tourist when you're bound to make an enemy in the place you're staying?"
8th-Apr-2012 02:08 am (UTC)
Another fact of human nature. Those places I only visit, and only for really good pay.

My talent gives me a really jaundiced view of people, so I have no problem with that. I read what people are thinking, unedited. Every dark thought and emotion, including all the things they'd never think to say because they aren't socially acceptable. It affects the way I behave in all situations, not just in areas where I work.
14th-Apr-2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
"In answer to your first question. I do not believe so. In answer to your second, yes. You should be sure they're not going to shoot you in the back.

Getting shot there is not enjoyable."




Edited at 2012-04-14 06:21 pm (UTC)
16th-Apr-2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
"Are you certain? People do a good job of suggesting otherwise."

"What do you do if the only suitable partner isn't fully trustworthy?"
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