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PostSubject: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:17 am

Ignacio hummed quietly to himself as he tightened the hair on his bow, testing it with a light flick of his thumb.

The ship was at port in Bristol. Ignacio had chosen to stay on the ship for the night and entertain himself. Most of the crew had chosen to follow Giacinto out into the city.

Bow now tight enough, he drew resin across it, almost reverently.

He was rarely more relaxed than when he had his violin in hand.

Soon he had the violin tucked under his chin and he drew the bow across the strings, playing a few long, slow notes.
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:36 am

"That was... nice."

Dick leaned against the doorframe, tentatively hovering at the entrance.

He had decided to stay behind and appreciate some privacy. Yet he heard a melody play and he found himself following it, unsurprisingly towards Ignacio.

With the ship so unusually quiet, it was easy to pick out and appreciate each careful note. It was normally an instrument he loathed. In the wrong hands, it even made humans cover their ears.

It was certainly not in the wrong hands then.
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:39 am

Ignacio turned his gaze over his shoulder, deep red eyes running over Dick's form slowly.

"Gracias."

He picked up another tune, then. Far more upbeat than his last, light and jaunty.

"You're not joining the crew out in Bristol?"
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:53 am

Dick crossed his arms, making no move into leaving or staying.

"No." A pause. "I lost a lot of coin last night."

It probably wasn't the best look if the ships treasurer was broke. Again.

"Besides, I also just wanted to enjoy the peace and read before you started...this."

He threw a hand in Ignacio's direction.
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:56 am

Dick got drunk and lost all his money in a stupid bet, Ignacio assumed silently, lips quirking upwards.

He swayed slightly with the music he played, losing himself in the sweet tune.

"Sorry for disturbing your peace." His apology had an insincere note, flat. He didn't turn to try to make eye contact with Dick, rather standing with his back still facing the young Vampire, and didn't pause his playing.
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:04 am

"Of course you are," Dick replied wryly, "but you should be. How often do we get it?"

Being on a ship meant working all day around the clock. The sea could change at any moment, and even on the stillest days, there was always a problem. Although, that problem may not always necessarily be with the ship.

He hovered for another minute, listening. Then made a move into the room, a book in his hand, and sat hesitantly in a chair.
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:07 am

"I couldn't say. How often do you leave the ship?" This time he turned slightly, red eyes lit up with teasing amusement as they found Dick's blue ones.

He followed Dick's movements as the young Vampire joined him in the room.

His tune slowed then shifted, running on into a slower, more sultry tune.
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:25 am

Dick frowned at Ignacio as they held eyes, lip curled in distaste, not entirely sure what the statement implied. All he knew was that he didn't like it.

His frown only deepened when the tune became a most suggestive mood.

"The first one was better. This is like a cat screeching."
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:28 am

He whipped the bow from the strings and turned, bowing deeply, then extended the instrument to Dick.

"If my playing insults you, please, then, Princeling, show me how it's done."

He didn't expect Dick to last two minutes with a violin in hand.
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:35 am

"That's not fair," he eyed the instrument extended to him, "you've had years of practice to become somewhat decent."

He wasn't about to make a complete ass of himself. He knew if he played he would have both of their sensitive ears on the verge of bleeding.

"Just because I can't do something, doesn't mean I can't recognise when something is... acceptable."
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:39 am

Ignacio snorted softly, and tapped the pointed end of his bow against the underside of Dick's chin.

"If you don't like my playing, don't make yourself comfortable. I'm not entertainment for you to direct at your whim."

With that, he turned his back once again and began the sultry tune anew.
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:12 am

Dick's mouth went dry as he felt the end of the bow tap his chin. He tilted it up, just an inch.

"And yet you play anyway," he retorted, taking far too long for it to be witty.

He sat back in the chair, making himself comfortable, ankle resting on his knee and the book open in front of him.

It wasn't an ideal reading spot.

The song was far too distracting. Despite his words, Ignacio did play beautifully and evocatively. The sultry song was certainly... sultry. He found himself reading and rereading the same passage, the music taking his full attention rather than something to be listened to in the background.

He turned his eyes up from the book to Ignacio.
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:14 am

"I play for me."

Then he threw himself into the tune.

Eyes closed, body relaxed. He swayed gently to the beat, feeling the music pulse through him and enjoying every vibration and hum against his fingertips.

He loved being able to get lost in his music.
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:26 am

Dick listened as one melody melted into another, watching Ignacio sway to the music as if he wasn't here. It was captivating. The music, of course.

But he supposed there was something beautiful about watching someone do something they loved so much that they could forget who was around them.

As Ignacio finished one song and before he could slip in another, Dick said: "You still sound like a yowling cat."

He has to keep up appearances, after all.
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:28 am

He drew the bow aggressively against strings, giving off an almighty screech that would pierce Dick's eardrums brutally.

Then he returned to his light, tuneful playing as if nothing had happened.

Let Dick complain.
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:38 am

Dick hissed an covered his ears. Not that that would ever do much.

The deep frown returned and his lip curled up. His hands didn't leave his ears.

"What the fuck was that for?!"

Okay, he knew. But it was still uncalled for - it fucking hurt. He was sure he could still hear the high screeching noise ringing in his ears.
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:39 am

He ignored the shout.

He was immersed again, quite happy to forget everything but the music coming from his fingertips.

Even Dick's shrieking.
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:58 am

Dic's eyes narrowed when he was ignored. There was no more horrid screeching noise. No retort.

Somehow, he found himself annoyed at that fact.

He found himself watching again, thin-lipped. His irritation doubled as he easily getting lost into the sultry music again and watching Ignacio fall into bliss.

"Oi," he stood, moving forward into Ignacio' space, "you didn't answer me."
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:00 am

And he wouldn't answer.

He wasn't there to validate Dick and his annoying need to be constantly above everyone but his wife at all times.

He was here to enjoy playing his violin in the peace of an almost-empty ship.
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:21 am

There was a heavy temptation to take the violin that he now both loved and hated, and throw it overboard.

"Nacio."

Instead of doing something cruel he did something more inconvenient.

He stood further into his space to make it more difficult to play and took hold of his elbow.
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:26 am

The hand on his elbow drew a reaction.

His red eyes slid open, burning down into Dick's.

"What can I do for you, your Highness?" The title was purred with a mocking tinge to his tone.
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:54 am

Dick inhaled, deeply and slowly.

"I have a name. Use it."

This was better. This was what he wanted; the familiarity of an argument and not being ignored. Nothing irked him more than that.

"As I said, I rather not be ignored after you almost made my ears bleed with that fucking violin of yours."
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:58 am

"I have some advice for you, Richard Plantagenet." He spoke Dick's name succinctly, short and sharp.

Ignacio leaned forwards, this time invading Dick's personal space.

"If you don't want to hear my fucking violin." His voice was low, and the curse rolled off his tongue. "Then don't invite yourself into my room."

He drew his bow against the strings in an awful screech again, a belligerent frown on his face, then stepped back out of Dick's reach.
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PostSubject: Re: [C] Melodies   Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:19 am

Dick's hands flew up to his ears again at the screech, taking a step back. It was somehow worse than the last time.

His nostrils flared as he took a deep breath in and out. He got what he wanted, but this wasn't what he wanted at all. Again.

"Fine."

He snatched his book laid on the chair and turned to storm out.

"I don't know why I even fucking bothered in the first place."
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