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Dr. Carlisle Cullen ([personal profile] ofthefamily) wrote2009-12-14 07:36 am

AU: Volterra!Carlisle, post-expulsion.

Carlisle has been running for days. If he keeps it up much longer he'll end up in Portugal.

Judging by the patrons of the bar where Carlisle just entered?

He's run a lot farther than that.
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[personal profile] themidnightson 2009-12-14 01:11 pm (UTC)(link)
Edward is at one of the tables in the center of the bar. There are ear buds to an ipod on the table. There's a binder open in front of him and he's writing rather diligently a very long paper, in the perfect script the whole way.




He got good at multitasking a million sounds and aims decades ago.
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[personal profile] themidnightson 2009-12-14 01:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Edward -- still writing diligently, head shifting just barely to the tune of the music playing not on in the ear buds, but from the jukebox on the other side of the room -- said without looking over.

"First step, close the door."
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[personal profile] themidnightson 2009-12-14 01:23 pm (UTC)(link)
The pen stilled and Edward looked over his shoulder.

There'll be no surprise for Carlisle to find in his expression this time.
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[personal profile] themidnightson 2009-12-14 01:32 pm (UTC)(link)
The second time in so many days.

Edward took his time. Straightened the sheet of paper. Putg away the calligraphy pen in a small leather pouch with a zipper. Closed his binder. Stacked everything neatly enough on the table. Then finally stood up and turned toward the stairs.

He doesn't need a map when he cheats by existing.
Edited 2009-12-14 13:32 (UTC)
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[personal profile] themidnightson 2009-12-14 01:44 pm (UTC)(link)
It casual to observers.

He walks, removing his iPod and curling the long white cord around the device before it vanishes into his pocket, as though his focus is not entirely elsewhere. Opening and closing the library doors with only a sliver of sound.

Edward leaned on the doors as though working at holding them up, without looking at all exerted. "1809." It's half a question but the rest has none in it.
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[personal profile] themidnightson 2009-12-14 01:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Because he's not omniscient, he bites down. Because he's made enough mistakes in eight decades (with Carlisle) to air on the side of certainty over assumption. At least when he can convince himself to mind the idea. He knows how much rarer that is even so.



He can't help it. One of his cheeks raises. Freedom.

"where are you now?"
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[personal profile] themidnightson 2009-12-14 01:53 pm (UTC)(link)
There's a thin snort.



"Outside of the Front Door."
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[personal profile] themidnightson 2009-12-14 01:58 pm (UTC)(link)
"When you aren't sitting still on the floor of a library at the end of time and space," Edward finished, a breath's pause between his being at the door and his being about fifteen feet behind Carlisle and his atlas.

"The whole world is open now." Again.
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[personal profile] themidnightson 2009-12-14 02:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Edward knows where he ends up. How long between, in recorded dates, pages that stay deep within his mind. Still the answer is simple.

"Anywhere." Beat. "Everywhere."
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[personal profile] themidnightson 2009-12-14 02:26 pm (UTC)(link)
It does.

People actually notice it outside the room, and Edward's eyes are still and focus is errant for the passing of seconds until they decided it was nothing because it does not continue.



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[personal profile] themidnightson 2009-12-14 02:33 pm (UTC)(link)
"You need to hear that far more than I do."

Edward ambled over toward the table, direct but slow. The frustration of his thoughts is no in an centimeter of his face or movement. He is grateful. But why here and now.

"We could start with actually getting you a current map for your time."
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[personal profile] themidnightson 2009-12-14 02:43 pm (UTC)(link)
"Then you need a time machine or someone with a door there."

Beat.

"Or to wait one hundred and forty five years."
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[personal profile] themidnightson 2009-12-14 02:58 pm (UTC)(link)
It is still...distracting...in large part to have memories he's already seen, has, be suddenly layered over in the fresh, vibrant, overwhelming sensations of emotions that have not been dulled by a centuries distance.

Edward wandered down shelves rummaging for books on one tiny blue planet in the correct time line, out of endless options of both planet and dimension.

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