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Liam is seated in the kitchen with a pot of matcha. After this last shared dream, he's figured that the best way to avoid them is to avoid sleep. The best way to avoid sleeping is caffeine, and lots of it.

It's so much easier to avoid sleeping when one actually has things to do, though. The macha will only go so far. So he has his little notebook out and is making a list of things he might do.

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Date: 2011-08-21 01:10 am (UTC)
clear_as_day: (Unimpressed)
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The other Liam, on the contrary, looks ready for bed when he wanders in -- clad in green plaid pajama pants similar to Break's purple ones, and a brown t-shirt that seems to have dinosaurs on it. He doesn't seem surprised to see the other there, giving him only a passing glance as he wanders to the pantry.

"Can't sleep?"

Date: 2011-08-21 01:21 am (UTC)
clear_as_day: (Pardon?)
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"Oh?"

That's different. Most of the insomniacs Liam is familiar with most of their time trying the exact opposite.

Date: 2011-08-21 01:28 am (UTC)
clear_as_day: (Yes dear.)
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"Ah."

Liam goes back to scanning the pantry. He wonders if this has anything to do with the shared dreams Xerxes had mentioned; he knows his counterpart has had at least one, because the other party of that one was Break himself.

"You might see -- Canterbury, was it? -- for a better solution than staying up deliberately. The last time I attempted to do the same, I nearly had a nervous breakdown. Xerxes had to drop everything to talk me out of it."

Date: 2011-08-21 01:40 am (UTC)
clear_as_day: (It's cute how you trust wikipedia)
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"That's what I said, too," Liam says. He hasn't tried it since.

He locates a tin of fancy little herbed crackers meant to go with wine and cheese and leans against the counter, prying it open and nibbling out of it directly.

"Is everything else alright? Xerxes implied that the mansion enjoys picking on you, in general."

Date: 2011-08-21 02:07 am (UTC)
clear_as_day: (Unimpressed)
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Break seems to have gotten along fine, more or less; though Liam isn't sure if that's because the Mansion isn't particularly awful to him or more because he's apparently good-natured enough to be generally okay with being changed into a bird, for example. He also doesn't know this Liam very well, which is strange, being as the other man is theoretically him -- but Xerxes had noted several differences between them, including the fact that he often seemed troubled.

"Well. If you ever need to talk about anything, I'm willing to listen," he offers, just in case -- if his Break isn't here, it's entirely likely this Liam doesn't get to vent much. Unknowingly answering his younger self's question, he straightens his glasses and adds, "I won't repeat anything you tell me in confidence."

Date: 2011-08-21 02:20 am (UTC)
clear_as_day: (I will solve this problem with SCIENCE.)
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"Ohh, what's that mushy proverb?" Liam asks in a mutter, nibbling his crackers. "Ah -- 'a burden shared is a burden halved.'"

Date: 2011-08-21 02:26 am (UTC)
clear_as_day: (That's a little hilarious.)
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"Quite. There's only one of it and two of us."

Fractions ahoy.

Date: 2011-08-21 02:34 am (UTC)
clear_as_day: (Haha I am smarter than you)
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"It divides. Trust me."

He is older than you.

Date: 2011-08-21 02:46 am (UTC)
clear_as_day: (It's cute how you trust wikipedia)
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"Ahh. I'd been told that was happening of late, yes."

Who he heard it from, he doesn't say. But he leaves the counter in favor of sitting across from his double, a gesture to show he'll take the conversation seriously.

"I'd imagine that's -- a very uncomfortable situation, depending on the person."

Date: 2011-08-21 03:04 am (UTC)
clear_as_day: (Pardon?)
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Liam's aware of that, too.

"They don't force you, do they? Well. Obviously they're dreams you don't want to have; but at least within the dreams themselves, are you being taken advantage of?"

He knows that in the most recent dream his Xerxes had with Shelly, they attempted to restrain themselves and failed; but the experience was a pleasant one nonetheless.

Date: 2011-08-21 03:17 am (UTC)
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"Does it put you with someone different each time, or is at least giving you people you care about to some extent?"

Date: 2011-08-21 03:31 am (UTC)
clear_as_day: (Oh you.)
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"They're not people you would seek out that particular sort of relationship with, then."

Liam appears unaffected by the content of the conversation. He doesn't go shouting about this kind of thing in the streets, certainly; but it's been a long time since he's felt ashamed of his own inclinations.

Date: 2011-08-21 03:46 am (UTC)
clear_as_day: (It's cute how you trust wikipedia)
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"You don't sound particularly sure about that."

He's prodding a bit now, but it's gentle.

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