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Unburden Your Soul and Chow Down on Some Candy 
9th-Apr-2012 11:50 pm
::Schuldig is sitting on the couch of his Nexus living room, eating a Cadbury Creme Egg in a way that'd be suggestive only if you have a perverted mind. Candy dishes on nearby tables featuring Peeps, chocolate eggs, jellybeans, Cadbury Creme Eggs, and chocolate-covered marshmallow bunnies.::

I'm celebrating St. Marks Down Day, a feast day for the patron saint of marked-down holiday candy, so I'm feeling generous. And I'm on a sugar high. What's bothering you, Nexus? I'll listen and offer my opinion on how to get through it.

Also, feel free to take some candy. I went overboard as usual. Have a seat and eat!
12th-Apr-2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
Lichtenstein stops in his tracks to observe the sweets surrounding Schuldig. He eyes them for a bit before looking up again. "Do you have a sister, Schuldig?"
12th-Apr-2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
Possibly. Considering the mental condition I was in when Eszett grabbed me and the purging of loose ends, some of them living people, I don't know much about my birth family or who I was while with them.
12th-Apr-2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
"Well, if you haven't lived with a sister, there are a great many things bothering me you wouldn't understand." Partly because he doesn't understand them himself. He prods one of the 'Peeps', curious, and lean against the arm of a nearby chair. "How much effort do you think a man should put into achieving his main goals? How much should he set aside to appease the community surrounding him?"
13th-Apr-2012 03:50 am (UTC)
I have more insight into women's minds than most guys, but I've never lived with a female relative for long. At least not that I remember.

Those candies are marshmallow covered by crystallized colored sugar. It's two kinds of sugar in one place! More efficient.

If you want something badly, go for it. The community around you could be wrong. If the community can't keep its mouths shut and handcuffs away, find a way to do it that's not in their face about it... at least until it's too late for them to do anything about it.
13th-Apr-2012 01:08 pm (UTC)
"Trust me, living with them is completely different to talking to them."

"Hm. Sugar is... not my favourite food." Not to mention all the warnings about food in the Nexus.

"But should you bother spending any time appeasing the community so that they might turn more of a blind eye? Or do you focus entirely on your goal?"
14th-Apr-2012 04:51 am (UTC)
The war of the sexes is truly eternal.

I'd never LOL candy. I have standards! As well as too much respect for candy.

Even situation has its own quirks, so you really have to analyze it. How much of an obstacle could the community be once they figure out what you're doing? If they could be a huge one, then you think about ways to appease them. If the appeasement would have to be huge, you have to decide how important your goal really is to you or if there are actually ways to do it more under the radar. Or if you might make a long-term plan to reach your goal. If the community is really an issue, sometimes it's better to do things gradually so they don't get too spooked. A little done here, a lull period, then a little more....

Does any of this sound helpful?
14th-Apr-2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
"Unlike you, Schuldig, I am not a mindreader, I still have to be wary."

"It sounds helpful in that it confirms that there is no straight, clear answer which I should choose. That is as helpful as anything, I suppose."
15th-Apr-2012 02:35 am (UTC)
The mindblind have my sympathies. ::Sometimes.::

There's rarely one answer that works for everything in any situation.
16th-Apr-2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
"If you ever find one, do tell me. It should be interesting." He folds his arms and tilts his head. "Are you only religious when sweets are involved?"
17th-Apr-2012 05:06 am (UTC)
Sweets always make me believe in a higher power.

Seriously? I guess I'm like a lot of Americans when they say they're spiritual but not religious. I'm not into any official, instituted religions, mostly since I'm a sarcastic cynic who asks too many questions and has issues with authority. It probably doesn't help that an old partner of mine had a huge hate-on for Christianity, to the point where it wasn't even a good idea just to say the word "god" around him.
17th-Apr-2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
Lichtenstein frowns a little. "What does that mean, exactly? That you believe in ghosts, but not gods?"
18th-Apr-2012 12:10 am (UTC)
I believe there's Someone or Something godlike out there that got all this started but I don't follow the stories and rules of a particular holy book. I don't believe in the power of prayer unless you use that prayer to do something yourself. I believe in coincidences, not miracles.
20th-Apr-2012 12:28 am (UTC)
"Hm." If he were ever to be accepting of a religious idea, that's probably close to what it would be. "Does that sort of thing matter to you, or are you too distracted to care?"
20th-Apr-2012 02:12 am (UTC)
Mostly too distracted and busy living and working not to get killed to care. Maybe it'll matter more to me when I'm much older, since a lot of people seem to turn out that way.
22nd-Apr-2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
"I can't imagine that your type would think about the future much, or leave much to it. Considering your job."
22nd-Apr-2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
I don't have to. Brad is all about looking out for the future!
23rd-Apr-2012 12:01 am (UTC)
Lichtenstein opens his mouth, then closes it again. He did walk into that one. "Do you honestly trust him to think about your future for you?"
23rd-Apr-2012 12:49 am (UTC)
Actually, I think more about my future than Brad realizes. I can't always trust him to look out for all of my interests. I have money and things squirreled away in various places, and I've been taking vitamins and minerals to better maintain my neural health. Reading minds can be stressful on certain parts of the human body, particularly the brain and nervous system.

I'm going to continue in my profession until I'm too worn out or injured to do it anymore. You get addicted to the excitements and risks of the kind of life I lead, you know.
24th-Apr-2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
He hadn't considered the physical side effects of telepathy. How didn't he wonder about that? He very nearly asks to examine Schuldig to find out, but just clasps his suddenly fidgetty hands together instead.

"You might. I'm quite content without excitement and risk. Or at least, very small doses of it."
25th-Apr-2012 02:26 am (UTC)
::Schuldig is a bit of an egomaniac and loves attention, but he's also been studied by and experimented on by some really bad people, so....::

Ja, you're not living if you don't have at least some excitement and risk.
25th-Apr-2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
"In most cases it involves coming too close to getting harmed for my liking. I find it hard to imagine why people would welcome risk unless it's in a controlled environment. It's always seemed so counterproductive."
26th-Apr-2012 02:32 am (UTC)
You don't know what you're really capable of unless you're tested because people don't push themselves on their own as much. You can't triumph and win as hard if there's no option of failure.
26th-Apr-2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
"You know, you talk about winning like it's a drug," he notes, frowning a little. "But I would imagine that you can't recover adequately if failure has harsh consequences. If you can't recover adequately then you might not be able to try a different method."
27th-Apr-2012 01:24 am (UTC)
I'm talking from experience of myself. On my own, without anybody or anything pushing me, I tend to be somewhat lazy... or prone to debauchery depending on my mood. Taking the path of least resistance. Unless I get bored.

Eh. I'm getting sidetracked. What I'm saying is that an easy life doesn't make you develop your talents and skills as much.
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