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 Fight or Flight, 17 Dec 2167 | @Larissa & @Bruce
Reese Marshall
 Posted: Mar 10 2018, 05:17 PM
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There are moments that the words don’t reach There is suffering too terrible to name You hold your child as tight as you can And push away the unimaginable The moments when you’re in so deep It feels easier to just swim down
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Reese noticed the extended hand. He understood what it was meant to be. In a couple of week's time, he would have grabbed it -- he might have held it; today, his hands tucked into his pockets, he had withdrawn.

The little girl was too excited to notice or care that her father had stopped playing when she had hit Mr. Vaughan and gotten a boost of confidence from Larissa who approved of her play. She even got a wink of approval.

"I've been a mole the whole time!" The girl chimed back to Bruce, though she wasn't entirely sure what those words meant. All she knew was that Larissa had said them in a way that sounded confident, and so the girl was confident that they were true.

Glancing up, Reese's eyes ran over the scene and then back towards his parents' house. Larissa was right that he would have never let her take Wendy to a shooting range or taught her to throw knives. Opposed to logic, he likely would have found his daughter doing karate or taking a self-defense course horrifying because it meant that there were dangerous lurking somewhere that could get her.

Slowly a frown took the place of what had been a smile as he watched the girl start to make another snowball and when Wendy looked up she recognized her father for the man he usually was. Her father who didn't like to play and who got talked at by Grandma and Grandpa--disengaged and withdrawn.

@Bruce Vaughan @Larissa Parrish | I'm going to pull Reese in the next round or two so he doesn't ruin everything. ._.;
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 Posted: Mar 11 2018, 05:03 PM
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That was one of the differences between Bruce and Larissa, upon which they had expounded the previous month when debating the merits (and limitations) of a clean campaign. She didn’t play by the rules; he always did, even when it bit him in the backside. As it did now with her turning Wendy against him. At least this was only snow, all in good fun.

Besides, the betrayal of an eight-year-old girl he had never met before and the mock betrayal of a close friend concerned him less (which was to say not at all because children were children and Larissa was delightfully consistent in her own way) than Reese’s withdrawal. Rather than take his hand, the other man pocketed it, which prompted Bruce to frown. He knew that behavior, had seen it time and again when they went out to eat or for drinks at the end of the day. This side of him shouldn’t make an appearance here, on the magic of a snow day, with friends and, more importantly, his daughter.

The first snowball aimed at Reese hit Bruce instead between the shoulder blades, causing him to flinch because the sweater, already damp from previous pelting, proved no match for the ammunition. He leaned in to Reese and whispered, “It’s never too late to be a kid.”

Then he spun around on his heels to face his newly-recalibrated opponents. His expression one of mock consternation as he bent forward and scooped up a handful of snow. “A mole and a shark? I have my hands full.”

He grinned before lobbing the snow towards Larissa.

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