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Born: February 11, 2018 Forum Topics Started: 9 (House only: 0)
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Andrea Ostergaard 01/27/20 Gray
Terrible idea.
I feel fantastic.
Andrea Ostergaard 01/27/20 Gray
If you need me, I'll be out drinking and making questionable choices.
Don't wait up.
Jewel 12/30/19 Your spirit animal.

Jewel 12/30/19 ..uh.. Sure, Sadie..
-eyes curiously-
Jewel 12/30/19 Rude..

Gray Taylor just stole $0.00 from you!

Andrea Ostergaard 12/26/19 Gray
Given the nature of our conversations, I could hardly be offended regardless.
Andrea Ostergaard 12/26/19 Gray
Most women would take that not-answer to mean 'yes'.
Luckily for you, I'm not most women.
Buy me a drink and we're square.
Andrea Ostergaard 12/26/19 Gray
Do I look like a desperate, wrinkled old man?
Andrea Ostergaard 12/23/19 Gray
If I wanted fine, I'd hire an escort.
Andrea Ostergaard 12/23/19 Gray
I shall leave it in your capable hands.
If he's a bad lay, you get the blame.

They do.
I even have the little glasses for them.
Oh, and banana splits.
I may have a problem.
Andrea Ostergaard 12/23/19 Gray
Preferences, perhaps?
My cooking is questionable at best.
Sundaes? I make the the best, bar none.
Andrea Ostergaard 12/23/19 Gray
Is that so? On good authority?
I'll ask Godric to make a brisket.
If I try, you'll be eating seasoned shoe leather.
Take out is my savior.
Andrea Ostergaard 12/23/19 Gray
We'll put him on the 'maybe' section.
Brisket? Really?
Andrea Ostergaard 12/23/19 Gray
Perfect. I love a good sob story and don't care to be nailed down either.
Just nailed.
Andrea Ostergaard 12/23/19 Gray
Trouble can be fun.
Tell me more.
Andrea Ostergaard 12/23/19 Gray
True. I hadn't considered that. Apologies.
I meant the dark haired one.
Also interesting to know he causes inconveniences, too.
Andrea Ostergaard 12/23/19 Gray
One seems the sticky fingered type, and the other tends to be the cause for... inconveniences.
Andrea Ostergaard 12/23/19 Gray
Smart boy.
Can't say that I have.
Did you ask the curly haired one?
Andrea Ostergaard 12/23/19 Gray
Jasper Thompson 12/16/19 Gray
We're having drinks tonight.
So I will call you tomorrow.
Jasper Thompson 12/16/19 Gray
You're purposely missing the point. She didn't act outside of her nature, and neither did you.
Funnily enough, you guys haven't really gotten along.
Jasper Thompson 12/16/19 Gray
Wow, you've become rather delicate, huh.

I'll figure it out, then. But her feelings are valid, and you not being able to do anything about it doesn't mean you shouldn't give her the space to voice them. I know she jumped ship, but it's not like she's going out of her nature. Reaching out alone could do wonders.
I know, hypocrisy at it's finest.

You are. Kind of like a never-ending Sour Patch Kid.
Jasper Thompson 12/15/19 Gray
Yeah, well, Claire seems to be attracted to men that are the worst.

That sounds to me like you do know what the problem is then, and you just need to stop dicking around. I mean, really? Jew central?

Agree to disagree.
Jasper Thompson 12/15/19 Gray
I have two eyes. She had one father.
I don't think you understand our family dynamic at all.

Not to overstep here because, ha, I get it, but
Do you think she's feeling... lesser? Like, she's an addition to Claire, rather than her own person, that you see and acknowledge.
I will talk to her, but if you want my we-are-the-same-person opinion.

I'm at least glad to see you've learned to compromise. 😏
Jasper Thompson 12/15/19 Gray
You weren't there. I know my sister, even more in what she says by not speaking.
I also killed her father in front of her.
I never said I faulted her choice.

That's not what I meant, I'm not calling dibs.
I mean she's a member of Sine Metu now, just as you took Claire in, yes? At least, that's what I gathered. She's safer with us behind her than without.

A boat? Are you going?
Here's an idea.
Don't go.
Jasper Thompson 12/15/19 Gray
Christ, Gray, you know I'm not avoiding her, I'm doing as she wishes. I'd take her back anytime.
You just lucked out and didn't screw yours over as hard as I did.
I'll talk to her, but she is mine now. She's got a room here, a home here, and I won't take that away from her after it's been offered and accepted. Claire is welcome anytime, though I'm not stupid enough to expect her to take it up.

Damn. She really is just like you.
Jasper Thompson 12/15/19 Gray
I mean, not really? The last time I talked to her, I lost an eye, remember?
Or are you asking me to talk to Sarah?
You do remember how stubborn she is, right?
Jasper Thompson 12/12/19 Gray
Fine, fine.

A glance is sent to Mackenzie.

We'll talk more later. I have my own shit to attend to now, after all. 😏
Don't die a traitor to the Orthodoxes.
Jasper Thompson 12/10/19 Gray
Cheers to being better, then.
Because you and me fucking both.

All around, not the best choices, if you want my opinion.
Don't worry, I know you don't.

Maybe the political climate is what he's after?
I think you'll fit right in.
Andrea Ostergaard 12/09/19 Gray
Men have their uses, like everything else.
Collect away, mister Taylor.
[Location Attached]
Andrea Ostergaard 12/09/19 Gray
Supposedly. People are strange.
Card and secrets... I'm passable.
Andrea Ostergaard 12/09/19 Gray
Have you been living under a rock?
The guy is supposed to wait three days to contact the woman of interest as not to appear too eager.
I'm not a guy and a potential friend is the game here. As I said, the rule doesn't apply.
I am picky about quality, not location.
Andrea Ostergaard 12/09/19 Gray
Andrea here.
I don't believe in the three day rule and it doesn't apply here anyway.
So, drinks?
Jasper Thompson 12/08/19 Gray
I'll just pretend that wasn't as ominous as it sounded.

Nice. But again, as I recall, you gave him three choices. Why was that one of them?
Jasper Thompson 12/08/19 Gray
That sounds to me like you're avoiding something.
Far be it from to overstep.

Who cares about anyone else. You aren't anyone else.
What are you worried about?
Jasper Thompson 12/07/19 Gray
I'll give her your regards.


Talking to him sounds like it might be good.
You did say he was out of the loop.

I don't know, Gray, is it?
I feel like if you didn't, it wouldn't have crossed your mind, turned around, and fucking stayed there.
Jasper Thompson 12/07/19 Gray
I'm sure we can be.

If you want.

I wondered when that was going to be a thing again.

You've always said he was easy to read.
Maybe it's hard to discern because what he wants is what you want.
Jasper Thompson 12/07/19 Gray
I didn't force it down your throat, as I recall.

That just leaves the why then.
Unless we're not there yet.

I'm fine. I will be.
Jasper Thompson 12/07/19 Gray

How'd that go?
Well, I hope.

Genuinely, believe it or not.

Moving? Can I ask where?
And maybe why.
Jasper Thompson 12/07/19 Gray

That seemed shitty, it wasn't. Gray
I'm good.

Jasper Thompson 11/25/19 He almost smirks.

Come now, you've certainly been in worse places, considering your profession and all.
Careful of the rats, they can be pretty aggressive, especially to strangers.
Jasper Thompson 11/25/19 His arm drops to his side, phone in hand, as he takes a hard pull from his cigarette. Stoically, he eyes his surroundings, willing his thoughts to work themselves out so he doesn't have to.

Tragically, they don't.

I'll be here.
Jasper Thompson 11/25/19 Gray
You don't need me.

Again, a grunt, but this time, softer, almost sympathetic. He rubs at the back of his neck, attempting to relieve some of the tension that has built there, but nothing comes of it.

And don't take this as you not being welcome.

No, it's more of an assurance. Gray can and will be fine without him; better, even. Jasper sniffs suddenly, as if to clear away an unwanted thought.

This wouldn't have anything to do with Mack's talk with your new friend, would it? Because if so, we really don't need to do this.

Unless you think we should.
Jasper Thompson 11/24/19 The cigarette hangs, momentarily forgotten, between his lips as he reads and rereads the recipient name. No, he's not seeing things, and he let's out a grunt of acknowledgment, or bemusement, or...something.

New York, as ever.

Should I be expecting you?
Don Collier 11/24/19 It was not difficult to hear the tenseness in the man's voice. Perhaps the hint of his sarcasm of the grammatical miscue had added to the apparent annoyance of the man. As an NCO, he had learned to be aware of the subtle underpinnings of mood and not just the words spoken to him, from subordinates and superiors alike. The confrontation could quickly escalate, and he became aware of the comforting weight of his .45 holstered on the hip of his Class A uniform. But now was not the time. Not in daylight with all the civilians around them.

He gave the man a cursory glance up and down.

"No sir, I don't believe there is any thing I require of you."
Don Collier 11/24/19 London was not the city he remembered. There were now many people who were not British, all scurrying about in a manner much more like New York or Chicago. Dispassionate, uninterested. He had successfully grifted a few wallets, but most attempts had been unsuccessful. He recognized the man before him as on of those he had failed in taking his wallet. Apparently, he had taken issue with what was, to his understanding, a normal occurrence.

His reply was just flat in tone as the question, "I don't know. Can you help me?"
Jasper Thompson 09/24/19 Gray
You're welcome.
Jasper Thompson 09/24/19 Gray
I learned long ago to not be surprised by your antics, Gray.

The offer stands.

Don't worry, we will remain with our crew.
Jasper Thompson 09/24/19 Gray
Siberia is open to you and the girls.

I wouldn't tell Claire where you're going, though.
Jasper Thompson 09/24/19 Gray
Then you are as well-informed on our situation as I am, no?

Do you have a plan?
Jasper Thompson 09/24/19 Gray
About as bad as you'd expect.
Then again, how can you expect something like this.

You and the girls are safe?
Jasper Thompson 08/19/19 Gray
Read 10:28am
Jasper Thompson 08/19/19 Gray
You're such a f-cking coward.
Don't f-ck up the new one too much.
Jasper Thompson 08/19/19 Gray
You're absolutely right, it's not about me. Glad that you've come to terms with that, too.
This is about my f-cking crew, and what you've done to betray them.
We had a f-cking agreement, Gray.
Jasper Thompson 08/19/19 Gray
And you didn't think this was something you should tell your allies?
And please, don't start with the scorned lover bullsh-t.
Jasper Thompson 08/19/19 Gray
What does that mean?
What about Seventh Circle?
Jasper Thompson 08/19/19 Gray
Mack said she hasn't heard from Victor in a while.
Is everything okay?
Jewel 08/17/19 -...'s-
Oh, fudge.

Another time, perhaps?

Jewel 08/17/19 Do we?
Nah, I see it right there.
-points still-
Jewel 08/16/19 Hey!
-was passing by-
Think you have something on your shirt..
EtaineNightBreed 08/12/19 Congrats on the new rank!
Samantha Winchester 08/07/19 +smiles a bit embarrassed+
" Oh I am sorry Mr.Gray.Samanatha Winchester Codin. I am sure we will. I hope your stay is a long one."
Samantha Winchester 08/06/19 Welcome to the coven. My name is Sammi if you are ever in need of something please look for me.
Shadwyn Drake 08/06/19 Welcome to the coven!
Katherine Murray 07/15/19 -stares-
Jasper Thompson 05/26/19 "Me, too.." For a moment, he is overcome with emotion for the one on the other end of the line, reminded just how much of an anchor he is, and the deal that had been struck just hours ago. Clearing his throat, it takes effort to push the inevitable from his mind and press on. "I'll leave her behind with Mackenzie, under the guise of preparation." He knew better than to lock her up, perhaps better than anyone else, given his own history. "It'll give us the headstart we'll need... Oh, and do me a favor?" This time, the humor is undeniable. "Try not to have me shot this go around."
Jasper Thompson 05/26/19 "You don't have to play a part." Just like that, Jasper offers the man a way out, one he rightfully deserves. "I can whisk her away and do this myself. I've done it before," he adds with a humorless chuckle. And then, "but Claire doesn't hold a grudge, not really. She's smart, and she understands the raw necessity of things. It's why her and Elias got on so well. And Sarah, well..." He shrugs, knowing Gray couldn't see. It is more a gesture to ward off his own dread in the face of hurting the girl he's grown so fond of in such a short time. "I'm only interested in prolonging her life. We do things, for the ones we love, remember?" The ghost of a smile is in his tone, simultaneously apologetic and unrepentant.
Jasper Thompson 05/26/19 She has nothing to offer.

He doesn't respond, feeling the pang of regret and, deeper down, fear. Fear for Sarah, fear for Claire, fear for Gray... And, deeper still, himself. When the time came, could she do it? Could he, in the terrible circumstance of her demise? Did they have a choice?

"It's important that she feels, Gray." The fight has gone from his voice, from himself, and he sinks heavily into a chair with Atlas' burdens weighing on his shoulders. "She has all this pent up emotion that hasn't been released, and I have to draw it out of her." Staring ahead, unseeing, he is quiet, deliberating. "There is no better caretaker for her, than you." It's a soft admission, one they both know, but it still breaks him to give it voice. "But I have to break her foundation, so she can build a stronger, better one. Just as I did before, just as she did before. Just as you and Sarah will help her do again."
Jasper Thompson 05/26/19 Again, Jasper bites his tongue on the very retort he had for Sarah, in that he wasn't asking. The pair could stand between him and Claire if they so chose; it would not deter him from his path, and he has means beyond their own. But, tentatively, Gray remains on his side. "You know damn well it wasn't me," he snaps, pinching the bridge of his nose. "You know damn well that there was nothing I could do to stop it, either." Still, it sits in the back of his mind like a sentient gargoyle, with his peace of mind under lock and key. "It'll be fine," Jasper assures them both, with a forced certainty.
Jasper Thompson 05/26/19 Teeth grit once more, the Taylor's collectively grinding on his frayed nerves. But, at least, he'd said the telling word: think. While Jasper can hardly believe she told Gray the nature of the deal, she must have at least implied that Claire was given a free pass. "Surely you see the necessity." It wasn't a question. "We have one chance, and she must feel all she can."
Jasper Thompson 05/26/19 "Mmph," comes the gruff response, irritation flaring at his adopted sister. He has to bite back the retort of What of it? and manages, only barely. "She's upset," he continues, tone shrugging, "and she isn't thinking straight. I know what's best for my sister."
Jasper Thompson 05/08/19 Gray
You have an odd way of asking for help.
If manipulation is telling her the truth, then fine.
Jasper Thompson 05/08/19 Gray
I wouldn't have to do this for my shrew, Gray, she can feed herself fine.
Just lay it on thick.
You helped the girl out of a sh-t situation, you're giving her a life back, and it's only what you thought best.
I'm sure she'll come around. She's a bleeding heart, after all.
Jasper Thompson 05/08/19 Gray
I'm not being judgmental!
Truthfully, I think the predicament is hilarious, and I'm so glad to know I rubbed off on you at least a bit.
I'm trhinf to help, really, I just don't understand what you're wanting from me.
Jasper Thompson 05/08/19 Gray
Your guess is as good as mine.
We never got around to hashing out her line in the sand when it came to human trafficking.
Really dropped the ball there, didn't I.
Jasper Thompson 05/08/19 Gray
I'm sure anything is better than the sh-tshow she came from, she probably would've jumped on any offer. You still bought a human, and that's really f-cking weird.

Just give her a better life.
And good luck selling it to Claire.
Before you ask, I have no advice.
Jasper Thompson 05/08/19 Gray
And I'm sure she's the only one you saw.
She's hideous, no doubt?

Treating her like she's stupid doesn't make it so, Gray, and lying to her will only make her not trust you.
Jasper Thompson 05/08/19 Gray
You bought her for Claire?
F-ck, man, do you know her?

How do you plan on hiding an entire human from her? I mean, your lives are pretty seamlessly entwined.
Jasper Thompson 05/08/19 Gray
Holy sh-t.

You bought someone? You know, people don't do that anymore.

There are dating websites, Gray, for f-ck's sake. I could've been your wingman.

I can't believe you went to a meat market, ahahaha, holy sh-t.

Can't wait to hear how Claire ties into this.
Jasper Thompson 05/08/19 Gray
Oh, so you're saying to keep keeping an eye on Sarah, got it.

Claire's and my tolerance levels for sh-t are vastly different, so hit me.
Jasper Thompson 05/08/19 Gray
I just checked on Sarah, not even a slight fever, so it can't be that bad.
What'd you do?
Jasper Thompson 05/06/19 He opens his mouth to shrug off Gray's concern, but the creak of the door freezes the words in his throat. An apologetic smile, and he accepts the embrace for the second time, clapping him on the back before squeezing perhaps a bit harder than intended. "Love you, Gray," comes the instant response, though it weighs heavily in the air between them. As the man would pull away, Jasper cuffs the side of his face in that masculine show of affection, as much as encouragement.

"Good luck," he calls after him in soft undertones, just as Sarah would come up beside him. An arm wraps around her shoulders protectively, and he slowly turns them away and back to her room.
Jasper Thompson 05/06/19 In a display greatly out of character for the man, Gray lays out his emotions, clear and concise. He's afraid, and as he should be. So much is on the line, so much more than they ever could have expected. And Jasper had thought himself prepared for the worst, but Claire is unpredictable as he, whether she likes it or not.

Still, he holds a hand up, a signature smirk pulling at the corner of his lips. "You can. Both of you. Together." Such certainty laces each word, it leaves no room for misguided doubt. "You and Claire are two of the most stubborn, intelligent, manipulative sh-theads I've ever encountered. And she'll do anything to prove anyone wrong, especially me. Be scared, Gray," he adds, nodding, "but don't doubt yourself, or her. I've trusted you from the beginning, I'm not going to stop now. Just... use you telling me to your advantage." A pointed look finds him, wary of potentially prying ears just behind him, secluded in her room.

"If I think of anything useful, I'll let you know." It's as if there hadn't been a lull in the conversation, so clean was the transition. "I'll probably find a sh-t ton of useful information around here, Elias was meticulous on keeping notes on me, so undoubtedly, Claire as well..."
Jasper Thompson 05/06/19 "Yeah, yeah," he waves it off dismissively, as they both know Jasper is incapable of such a thing. Responsibility. The word is barely in his vocabulary.

Gray thanks him, and has Jasper arching an incredulous eyebrow. "No need," and he means it. In the short time that he has known the man's rambunctious little sister, she has wormed her way into his admittedly soft heart and made a home for herself. He would see her as healthy as she could be, and as happy as he could ensure. An outsider might think their odd sibling exchange remarkably suppressive, but it works for this dysfunctional, estranged family.

An appreciative smile stretches Jasper's face, but he still shakes his head. "You know her, Gray. Probably better than I do, I'll admit. But she's stubborn, and that man meant the world-.." He stops, feeling the beginnings of his voice cracking. "I don't blame her. I'm not thrilled with myself, either." Jasper didn't hate his father, much as he wanted to, and that makes this all the harder.

A glance is cast over his shoulder, toward the closed door that separated them from Sarah. Chuckling lowly, he rolls his shoulders in a playful shrug. "One of us will make sure the other doesn't do something stupid." He's kidding, but he also makes no promises. The pair tend to do stupid, together.
Jasper Thompson 05/06/19 All the sh-t these two have been through together, and the embrace is still as easy as the first. Hell, even more so, and the thought brings a wary smile to Jasper's tired lips. A snort follows Gray's comment, but he'll take the criticism. He deserves that, and so, so much more. "I suppose it wouldn't help my case to say I had no idea there was a disease going around, huh." But the humor just isn't there, not when Sarah is still recovering in the room over.

He blanches with the apology, pulling away with a nod of his head. "Me, too..." Pained sincerity rings through the words, and he has to clear his throat of the sudden wave of emotion. He pushes through it. "I've inherited the estate, so... We'll be here for a while. I, uh... heard about Sarah and Claire, sort of... I'll keep two eyes on her, if not more."

It isn't enough, to make up for all this.

"She'll never forgive me now," comes the quiet atonement, and he shifts from one foot to the other. A deep sigh carries out the concern that it entails, if only because there is too much that's bearing down on them to worry about the inevitable. "You know, she used to look at me, the way she looks at you." With all the love and admiration and trust in the world, he wants to add, but the words don't find purchase on his dry tongue.

"Take care of her, yeah?" As if it needs to be said.
Albert Harris 04/02/19 *shakes off the grave dirt and starts again* Where were we, old chap?
Jasper Thompson 03/19/19 Gray
Yours is coming to stay with me a few days.
Don’t worry, I’ll take good care of her.
I’m just assuming she hasn’t told you.
Jasper Thompson 03/16/19 Gray
Read 2:12pm
Jasper Thompson 03/16/19 Gray
The record also shows that you did.
Jasper Thompson 03/16/19 Gray
Jasper Thompson 03/16/19 Gray
You’ll have to come to New York, if you’re so dead set.
Don’t bullsh-t me this time.
I know you better than that.
Jasper Thompson 03/04/19 Gray
I’ll be there.
Jasper Thompson 03/04/19 Gray
Ha, alright, fine.
Just let me know date and time.
Jasper Thompson 03/04/19 Gray
Okay, yeah, sure.
If she’s up for it.
Jasper Thompson 03/04/19 Gray
I’m still not so sure, but I trust your judgment.
I’m okay.
About as good as I can be?
You? She’s not driving you crazy?
Jasper Thompson 03/04/19 Gray
So you think there’s a chance for me?
Jasper Thompson 03/04/19 Gray
Oh? That’s good.
She’s taken to you pretty well?
Jasper Thompson 02/27/19 Uncle Gray
You got it.
Jasper Thompson 02/27/19 Uncle Gray
Of course.
Need anything while I’m out?
Jasper Thompson 02/27/19 Uncle Gray
I’m coming over.
Jasper Thompson 02/27/19 Uncle Gray
Jasper Thompson 02/27/19 Uncle Gray
Any update?
Jasper Thompson 02/24/19 Uncle Gray
I’m sorry.

Uncle Gray
Just keep me posted.
Jasper Thompson 02/24/19 Uncle Gray
It’s your call.
You know her better than I do.
Jasper Thompson 02/24/19 Uncle Gray
You could convince her to come you New York.
Jasper Thompson 02/24/19 Uncle Gray
She did say she wanted to earn her keep.
Jasper Thompson 02/24/19 Uncle Hray
Taking over?
What do you mean?
Jasper Thompson 02/24/19 Uncle Gray
What alternative is there?
An apartment seems excessive.
She’s fine. She’s been very helpful and supportive in all of this.
Jasper Thompson 02/24/19 Uncle Gray
We’re just getting our hotel.
Is everything okay?
Jasper Thompson 02/24/19 Uncle Gray
I’m fine.
How’s she?
And you.
Jasper Thompson 02/23/19 Uncle Gray
Aw, she’s already taking after her uncle.
I could cry.
Jasper Thompson 02/23/19 Gray
If you try anything with my sister, I'll cut you.
Jasper Thompson 02/22/19 Uncle Gray
Invitation not necessary.
You're taking care of my baby sister, Uncle Gray.
Jasper Thompson 02/22/19 Uncle Gray
Jasper Thompson 02/22/19 Gray
God, I know.
I'm sorry.
Jasper Thompson 02/22/19 Gray
She's five.
Jasper Thompson 02/22/19 Gray
I'd sage tf outta you.
Jasper Thompson 02/22/19 Gray
Oh, my sweet, summer child...
Jasper Thompson 02/22/19 Gray
Please don't die though...
Something tells me she took a lot after our mother.
Jasper Thompson 02/22/19 Gray
Is this because you made an offer someone couldn't refuse?
Jasper Thompson 02/17/19 Gray
See you soon.
Jasper Thompson 02/17/19 Gray
Can I come there?
Probably can’t do public right now.
Jasper Thompson 02/17/19 Gray
Are you free tonight?

Can you be?
Jasper Thompson 01/27/19 Pride and vulnerability are a hell of a pairing.

He wants to tell Gray everything, just as he’d always done. He is desperate, and terribly cynical about this ordeal. The idea of facing his father after years and years, knowing what it would mean and what it would cause... It leaves a sickened feeling in his stomach. But what choice does he have?

And what can Gray do?

He smiles at the message, nonetheless. Jasper knows it isn’t for the man to put aside his pride; his own is remarkably heavy as well.

Thank you.
I’ll see you soon.
Jasper Thompson 01/26/19 Gray
Leaving soon for Siberia
Jasper Thompson 01/26/19 Gray
I don’t need you here to gloat.
But thanks, all the same.
Jasper Thompson 01/26/19 Gray
Where, then?
You know where I’m at?
You have a tracker on me?
Jasper Thompson 01/26/19 Gray
No, you won’t.
Jasper Thompson 01/26/19 Gray
Read 2:22pm
Jasper Thompson 01/26/19 Gray
Close, thanks.
Jasper Thompson 01/26/19 Gray
God, it’s so easy to talk to you.
You make me want to keep you in the loop and be honest, always.
I don’t know, Gray, I don’t spend my time thinking about him.
Jasper Thompson 01/26/19 Gray
I am being clear, you know, I could just lie to you in the future.
She goes through these spurts where she doesn’t remember who I am, or she thinks she’s back with Victor.
I don’t know anymore than that.
Jasper Thompson 01/26/19 Gray
Nothing. It was a lapse in consciousness.
I’m going to need more than that.
Jasper Thompson 01/26/19 Gray
I’m not deflecting, this is a give and take conversation.
How are you?
Jasper Thompson 01/26/19 Gray
Well, she tried to kill me once already, but I’m sure that’s normal.
How’s the single life?
Jasper Thompson 01/06/19 Jasper chews the inside of cheek, waiting and listening as Gray makes his stance on the matter known quite readily. He starts to speak, but seemingly thinks better of it, and stormy eyes trail out the window in the wake of the silence.

Are you happy?

He doesn’t answer right away.

Jasper is happier than he’s ever been, but what a thing to say to someone who made him inexplicably content in his own right. And still, Jasper had left him. They are better off as friends, rather, they would be, but he’s none too keen on making that harder to achieve. He brings his gaze back to Gray’s, searching for any kind of clue to what would make this the easiest. The man cares, and for that, Jasper is grateful. There’s just no way to soothe his concerns when it comes to Mackenzie.

Finally, he nods. “Of course I am.”
Jasper Thompson 01/05/19 “It’s not been...” he begins defensively, but stops himself, taking a deep breath. This is hard, and he has no right to get up in arms over Gray’s incredulity. “It’s been a long time, actually,” he amends quietly, stormy eyes soft as they watch the man next to him with a careful stare of his own. There’s nothing he wants more than Gray’s approval, not for the sake of the marriage, but for the sake of their friendship. He doesn’t want this to be hard anymore, but he also understands it’s not for him to just demand.

“Just tell me you don’t hate me.”
Jasper Thompson 01/05/19 Jasper grins with amusement, knowing just how deeply that rage goes. Lazily, they stroll through the airport and out to the waiting car, where he shrugs as he slides into a seat. “As well as it can be. I’ve been getting around a bit too much.” An appreciative smile is offered, nostalgia evident in the expression. Gray has always gotten him out of trouble, and it seems he always would. “If it’s not too much trouble.”

Now comes the hard part.

He’d been wrestling with telling him, and what good it would do. Could it come off as sincere and just wanting to be honest, or would it just seem like he was rubbing Gray’s face in it. Even now, he’s not sure. But thinking about it too much makes him question it too much, and his gut is telling him this is the right call. So, taking a deep breath, he wings it.

“I’m getting married. This weekend.”
Jasper Thompson 01/05/19 Jasper smirks at Gray’s whispered reverie, looking past him to the one that could only ever be his seat buddy. A friendly wave garners his attention, and Jasper calls out, probably much too loudly, “Thanks for keeping him company, Big C, I hope you enjoy your time in New York!” He receives an enthusiastic wave in return, and Jasper returns his sights to Gray with a look of mingled appreciation and amusement. “Why did you fly economy, then? Don’t tell me you’ve lost your small fortune.” He gasps. “Don’t tell me... the cheap Chinese... flying with the peasants... You’re destitute, aren’t you?”
Jasper Thompson 12/22/18 And there it is.

The proverbial olive branch.

Unable to keep it from forming, a dazzling smile splits his features. The pack slips from his shoulder to land on the floor, forgotten. “Get your best booze ready. We’re killin’ some f-ckin’ Nazis.”
Jasper Thompson 12/22/18 Both eyebrows raise as Gray spins his tale about one of their members. “Like out of I Dream of Jeannie.” He chuckles lowly, if not a bit awkwardly. He’s about to ask if it was anything like the show, but before he can open his mouth, the man presses onward. Always a point to make with this one...

Automatically, his grip tenses on the strap over his shoulder, but he shrugs off his apology. “You’re allowed your opinions, and I’m not upset.” With the last declaration, he sets his own storms on him, even as they narrow ever so slightly.

Shaking that off, too, he moves toward the door, still intent upon his decision. “I didn’t mean to take you away from one of your associates. I’ve already booked a room for the weekend. If you’re feeling up to it, maybe we can get a drink.” The lightness in his tone feigns his indifference, but the invitation would always be extended. Far be it from him to assume that he could shift such an immovable force such as Gray Taylor; but God, if he wouldn’t always try.
Jasper Thompson 12/22/18 It had been a bad idea to come here.

Selfishly, Jasper had hoped for a friendly face and a moment - just a moment - to forget everything that plagues his usually carefree mind. Fate had taken him to London, but choice had brought him to this apartment. Looking around at all the affects of his past here, he realizes this wasn’t the move.

Gray doesn’t deserve this, invitation or not.

Pack still slung over his shoulder, he remains frozen in the middle of the living room, hating to leave, but undeserving of staying. Too late, he makes the decision to go. Too late, because Gray has already arrived.

“Hey,” he breathes, shame-faced, “I was actually, uh... just leaving...”
Summer 12/01/18 Nearly two full months after her sister had died, she received the FedEx envelope from what was clearly that wretched demon. Summer despised that man quite intensely. It didn’t surprise her in the least that he’d taken his sweet time acting as executor for Spring’s estate. Why not? It was his world, the rest of us were just living in it. Until he drove a person to death, as he did with her sister. With a smirk, she tore open the second envelope contained inside, thinking that if she found herself entranced by a low-level demon such as he, she’d have welcomed sweet death as well.
Her smirk fell as she read the misguided last words of her youngest sister. Nothing had changed. The blame was placed elsewhere, even where no blame needed to be given. Spring was so young in every aspect. And now she was stuck with the damned sapling. What the f-ck was she going to do with it? Grabbing a burner phone from her chest of drawers, she sent a text to the number within. What would be the first and last time she’d ever communicate with the piteous man, she sent a very abbreviated text.

Unlisted Number
Send the sapling to the Azhi Dahaka compound in Syndey. Exact address follows.
Jasper Thompson 11/03/18 Jasper is dumbstruck, staring at the phone. The man couldn’t even deny it, and he can’t process what to say in response. Should he list everything off, noting how cold he’d been, and how careless? Is this just a tactic to push him away? That’s probably more accurate, and he’s left feeling torn.

Forget it, Gray.
Jasper Thompson 11/03/18 Gray
Don’t ignore me. Why are you doing this?

You want to break up.

You just don’t want to do it because you’re afraid I’ll off myself.
Jasper Thompson 11/03/18 Gray
Did you have to cheat on me? You could’ve just told me you wanted to f-ck my mom.
Jasper Thompson 11/03/18 Gray
If you’d rather go after a lost cause, go right ahead.
I’m not sticking around to dry your tears though.
Jasper Thompson 11/03/18 Gray
I’m more mad that she’d lower her standards, I think...
What a weird feeling.
Jasper Thompson 11/03/18 Gray
I swear, I’ll light you on fire if you f-ck my mom.
Jasper Thompson 11/03/18 Gray
You know she still pines after my dad, right?
But do you, booboo.
Jasper Thompson 11/03/18 Gray
The password is Graysuxd1ck, no spaces.
Love you.
Jasper Thompson 10/25/18 A sharp downward spike of his lips tells of his dissatisfaction, but Gray would never be able to tell through physical cues. So, with a wicked smirk, he types his reply.

I’ll be the judge of that.
Jasper Thompson 10/24/18 Jasper would be lying if he said it didn’t hurt how easy it was for Gray to go off for days without a word. It’s because of that, perhaps, that his messages are a bit colder than normal. He’s just a little raw, that doesn’t mean he can’t feel guilty.

I love you, too. Safe travels, I’ll see you when you get here.
Jasper Thompson 10/13/18 It’s been days.

I can’t be this for you.

It replays constantly in his head, and blatantly, Gray agrees. It’s the only explanation as to why he’s not reached out. His lips pull into a scowl and, grabbing up his phone, he considers typing out a message filled with all of his angst and upset. But he hesitates.

Scrolling through, he rereads older text messages, his expression melting into a small, sad smile at their antics. It had been so easy, and then, it wasn’t. He wishes they could just go back.

The screen is pulled down suddenly, and his eyebrows cinch. Gray is typing. Breathless, he waits.

But it never comes.
Jasper Thompson 09/25/18 The flight was agonizing, and Jasper spent the entire time practically bouncing off the walls. Impatient didn’t begin to describe it; he just needed to be with Gray, and the airplane wasn’t going fast enough. Thus, when the plane finally did land, he was out of airport in record time.
An admittedly short time was spent in Death, but it had been so significant that walking the halls doesn’t make him feel like a stranger. A beeline is made for the lab, don’t ask him why, it just feels magnetic in its pull. He doesn’t announce his arrival, he just walks right in, needing to get to the bottom of this emergency now.

He freezes.

The scene before him is morbid. Jasper doesn’t have to know what happened to know that’s Spring’s limp body is devoid of life, and Gray is merely holding her. A lot of questions pop into his mind, but somehow, none of them seem appropriate in their timing. So he settles on the vague.

“Christ, Gray, what the f-ck is going on?”
Jasper Thompson 09/23/18 A package had shown up at Gray’s apartment, but he hadn’t made it back from Moscow before Jasper could get his hands on it. He sets it on the counter, nose wrinkling at the distinct scent of stale perfume and sugary confectionaries. It’s adorned with a certain scribe, and the man’s stormy eyes narrow.

Packaging disassembled, he takes in the one word note before idly flinging it into the waste bin. He plucks up one of the cookies, takes a bite, and promptly spits that in the trash as well. Much too sweet; he’ll never understand people’s obsession with sugar these days, as his tastes lean more toward the umami sense.

Without another thought, the entire ordeal is deposited in the bin, and for a moment, Jasper hesitates; to take out the trash, or leave the message...

He opts for the latter.
Jasper Thompson 09/21/18 “You don’t leave me much room to.” His statement is punctuated by a yawn, and as Gray vacates the bed, he rolls over onto his side and buries his face into his pillow for a nap.
Jasper Thompson 09/21/18 Another hum follows the kiss. “Yeah, yeah, love you too...”
Jasper Thompson 09/21/18 The man smirks. “Our relationship has been nothing if not the unexpected.” A kiss is placed on Gray’s cheek. “Everything always changes.”
Jasper Thompson 09/21/18 Eyes shut, he smiles when he feels Gray’s proximity, letting out a hum of contentment. He expects what the man is going to say, so he nods his affirmation. “Take as long as you need. I’ll be here when you get back. Specifically right here.” One eye will open, and Jasper appraises him. “Let me know if anything changes, alright?”
Jasper Thompson 09/21/18 Jasper looks up when he hears the door, meeting Gray’s steel-filled gaze easily. He smiles just before being pulled into the apartment, returning the embrace with a quip of his own. “Yes, but I’m yours, remember?”
Jasper Thompson 09/20/18 Gray
I know you hear me knocking.
I can make a scene, if you’d prefer.
Jasper Thompson 09/20/18 Gray
Oh, stop pouting, I’m in the building.
Jasper Thompson 09/20/18 Gray
Aww, poor baby.
I’ll leave you to your sleep then.
Jasper Thompson 09/20/18 Gray
Somehow, I think making you wait works more in my favor.
Jasper Thompson 09/20/18 Gray
You’re so f-cking filthy, I love it.
Jasper Thompson 09/20/18 Gray
Fine. Be there soon.
You better make it worth my while, and this ever growing stack of sh-t.
Jasper Thompson 09/20/18 Gray
I’m doing paperwork.
Jasper Thompson 09/10/18 Gray
Great, well now that we have the obvious out of the way, let me be abundantly clear.
You are a f-cking ******* that really f-cking hurt me.
And I’m going to help Mack run SM because it’s my home.
But so are you. So. Stop being a d-ck.
Jasper Thompson 09/10/18 Gray
And you realize you haven’t said a single word to me at all?
I never said when I was leaving, Gray.
Jasper Thompson 09/10/18 Gray
Between what? You lying to me and...? What, exactly?
Jasper Thompson 09/10/18 Gray
You know, the least you could do is acknowledge my feelings.
Jasper Thompson 09/10/18 His shoulders sag infinitesimally before his spine straightens and a hard look takes up residency. This is not his mistake to fix, he reminds himself, and he’d be damned if he would be made to follow after Gray like a lost puppy.
Jasper Thompson 09/10/18 Jasper turns, considering the man’s retreating form. He’d wanted some sort of satisfaction, some minuscule win, and instead he receives something closer to guilt. “So that’s it, then?” he’ll call after him softly. But he won’t follow; his pride is too great for that, especially after the damaging blow it took by Gray’s hand.
Jasper Thompson 09/10/18 He cants his head to the side before feigning a dawning look of comprehension. “Oh, that.” Fixing Gray with a hard stare, jaw locked, he merely shrugs. “Mack and I are going home. Spring already booted us out of Death.”
Jasper Thompson 09/10/18 “Hmm?” There’s an undeniable enjoyment in this process, simply because Jasper still holds a hard grudge. “Dont worry, I’ll pay you back.”
Jasper Thompson 09/10/18 “Perfect, I’ll just put this in my going home fund. Looks like patience really does pay off. Except when it doesn’t.”

You were successful in stealing $492.00 from Gray Taylor!
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
You make my skin crawl.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
About what?
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Your priorities are quite admirable.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Read 9:32pm
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
You seem quite sure.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
The night is still young.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Don’t objectify me.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Boring? I can go back to hating you if you prefer.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Yes. I’m too tired.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
I f-cking hate you.

And f-cking miss you.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Oh good, you’re lovely sense of humor is back.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Believe me, you are not the one I’m taking it out on.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Well, how f-cking noble of you.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
There’s nothing I’d love more than to f-ck right off, Gray, but per your orders, I’m f-cking stranded here. And no, I don’t want you to f-cking come back, this isn’t about you coming back, because I still won’t want to f-cking be here.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Oh, good, because you can go f-ck yourself.
F-cking abandon my ass here, then tell me, a grown ass man, that I can’t f-cking leave. You’ll be damn f-cking lucky if I don’t up and leave after burning this house down.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
F-ck off, Gray.
I’m absolutely not f-cking done and I won’t be until I’m out of this f-cking state.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Read 3:39pm
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Don’t worry, your majesty, your wish is my command.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Read 3:27pm
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Read 3:20pm
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Why, why are you doing this? You were fine with it before. Is this just part of the gimmick, that we constantly be on opposing sides of the issue?
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Which sounds like a perfect reason to gtfo to me.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
And now I’m not.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Tell me why that matters now. You were more than ready for me to abandon ship before.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Okay, see you in Moscow.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 He smirks.

See you soon then.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
You can either respond so I know you’re alright or I’ll be on the next flight out.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Stop it, you know I’m kidding.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Don’t make me choose...
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Aw, I love her. Does she have to die?
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Maybe that’s who she’s referring to when she talks about her children.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Using fake children to garner pity?
How absolutely devilish.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Great! That’s settled then.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
I’m not sure there can be much more implication.
Maybe I’m just confident in my innocence.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
I’m glad you brought that up.
You know, I could just board a plane.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Well aren’t we a fun pair.
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Don’t apologize. It’s what needs to be done.
How’s London?
Jasper Thompson 09/05/18 Gray
Do I have to answer that?
Jasper Thompson 09/03/18 Gray
As long as we’re clear.
Jasper Thompson 09/03/18 Gray
I hope you’re not setting unrealistic expectations for when we don’t have a houseguest that you passive-aggressively despise.
Jasper Thompson 09/03/18 Gray
It means I know you did it on purpose.
Jasper Thompson 09/03/18 Gray
Of course you don’t.
Jasper Thompson 09/03/18 Gray
And you did not.
Got that earful first thing in the morning.
Jasper Thompson 09/03/18 Gray
What part of me makes it seem like I can contain myself in any capacity?
Jasper Thompson 09/03/18 Gray
F-cking feisty. Can’t wait.
Jasper Thompson 09/03/18 Gray
Oh this is just business?
Good to know.
Jasper Thompson 09/03/18 Gray
Whatever you say.
Jasper Thompson 09/03/18 Gray
That’s not a type, Gray.
Jasper Thompson 09/03/18 Gray
Oh really? What’s your type, then?
And acting like what? What are you talking about?
Jasper Thompson 09/03/18 Gray
You have a type now?

No, Gray, I do not.
Jasper Thompson 09/03/18 Gray
Do you have a crush on her??
Jasper Thompson 09/03/18 Gray
Nice try. I leave a path of destruction in my wake, and I’m fairly certain you don’t hate me.
There can be more than one reason, you know.
Jasper Thompson 09/02/18 Gray
Listen. We’re emotionally driven people. Whoever produces strong emotions is very appealing. Why do you think I’m with you?
She just hasn’t found the right one yet.
For someone who dislikes her so strongly, you sure tend to focus in on her personal life. 😏
Jasper Thompson 08/24/18 Gray
Absolutely. I took a dance class from Mikhail Baryshnikov back in the day. Sadly, I have weak ankles, so it didn’t take. I’ve always loved ballet.
...should I not come to dinner with her parents?


Are you sleeping with our secretary?
Jasper Thompson 08/24/18
Jasper Thompson 08/22/18 Jasper is still getting used to his new home, having only been a part of it a few days. One thing he knows very well by now, however, is the living quarters. Only he and the resident brooder really seem to be around on a regular basis, so it gets pretty quiet.

Fitting for a place called Death.

On the handle of the only other constantly-occupied door, he will hang a bag, fresh from the dry cleaners. It’s a finely pressed suit, pristine and elegant, and he felt it a favor he owed him, for showing him around.
Jasper Thompson 08/19/18 Jasper narrows his eyes, but it’s a gesture of amusement. A challenge, this one, and a very good one. “I suppose you could say that, yes. I can be very influential... and very persuasive.”

Not one to mince words - or emotions - he admits (to himself, of course) that this particular being is very alluring, which makes him all the more fascinating. The need to proceed with caution and observation has never been more prevalent.

He clicks his tongue, as his lips press into a thin line. Folding his hands behind his back, his head cants to the side in a show of disappointment. “Now, Gray, even someone as pretty as you doesn’t get that information for free. I believe someone once told me, what was it... Ah, yes, patience.

Again, he smirks, clearly pleased.
Jasper Thompson 08/19/18 Feisty.

And he wears his heart on his sleeve.

A laugh lights up his face as he shakes his head in disbelief. “She was not kidding about you. Missing someone like me can make you change your alliance, but I’ll tell you what, I’ll make sure to keep her in line this time around.” He gestures in a show of offering, as if that would be enough to smooth things over with them.
Jasper Thompson 08/19/18 He grins in response, nodding his acknowledgment. “And you’re very perceptive.”

What comes to mind next are a series of wildly inappropriate and devilishly snarky quips, but he bites his tongue on them and settles for the truth. Partly because he wants to see for himself how deep the hatred for his friend runs. But only partly. “Actually, she seemed to think me trustworthy enough when she found out I’m an old friend of Mackenzie’s.”
Jasper Thompson 08/19/18 Mackenzie had been right; very brooding, indeed.

“Jasper Thompson,” he responds, body bending into an exaggerated bow as he speaks. When he straightens, it is with an air of completely propriety. “It is, I can assure you, an absolute pleasure to make your acquaintance.” His own stormy gaze easily meets the slate of this man’s stare, and the corner of his mouth twitches upward into a smirk.

This will be fun for him.
Jasper Thompson 08/19/18 “Bless my damned soul, is that you, pretty boy?” Jasper doesn’t even bother hiding his amusement. Then, it dawns on him, and he steals a very thorough up-and-down. “Don’t f-cking tell me... you’re Gray, the closet Jew I’ve heard so much about?”
Jasper Thompson 08/03/18 “Yeah, yeah, young grasshopper, all that...”

He’s not disgruntled.

Jasper Thompson 08/03/18 Acute observation, Mr. Taylor, it is indeed a f-cking rat tail.

“I’m more of an instant gratification type person. But I’ll admit, the pay off can be worth it.” One corner of his mouth flickers with the hint of a smile, but he waves his hand in something similar to a salute as he turns to go. “Until next time, pretty boy. I hope these little lessons continue.”
Jasper Thompson 08/03/18 “Moving too fast?” Jasper ponders a moment, his own storm-filled gaze flashing. “Sound advice, but I’d like to counter it.”

He moves in close once more, flicking the pocket lint into his face. “You move entirely too slow, pretty boy.”
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