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[RL] Welcome Home, Axel

Tifa had spent the day cleaning the bar, lecturing Marlene and Denzel the second they stepped in the door on their way home from school about making sure they didn't make things too messy before Axel got there, and that they would have to play nice with him because some very bad things had happened. When they asked why Roxas wouldn't be coming too, she elected to tell them that he was busy on another world. How she convinced herself that was a better explanation, she'd never know, but she would berate herself with guilt while she took linens from the closet at the end of the hallway of the new addition.

Cloud's being home made her uneasy as to the condition of the atmosphere of 7th Heaven, he wasn't the type to get on well with Axel and with Axel as on-edge as he already was... She bit her lip, realizing it wouldn't end well if they grated on each other's nerves too badly. One of them would storm off, like they always did. She shook it off after a moment, tucking the corners of a mattress cover and throwing sheets and a blanket on top of that.

Things would go well, she finally decided, there was no reason to worry otherwise. As long as she played mediator, things couldn't possibly deteriorate to be as bad as she was making it out. She should be worrying about Roxas--or, better yet, not worrying at all. She laughed to herself, sitting one of the undressed beds that accompanied the one what would soon be Axel's.



Sep. 28th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
...You really didnt have to go all out.

[Axel stood behind her, leaning against the bedroom wall.]

After all, a bed's a bed.
Sep. 28th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
[She's surprised to hear him there, but she realizes she should be used to it by now, so she laughs, but wonders just how long he'd been there.]

Welcome home. [She smiles because she knows he didn't realize that 7th Heaven really was starting to become his home, but everyone else who lived there did.] I wanted to make sure you would be comfortable.
Sep. 28th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
[He walks towards her, taking a seat on the bed opposite Tifa. Upon closer inspection, his expression is strained, and he looks like he hasnt slept or eaten well in quite a while. He favors his left arm, but not noticeably so.]

[He smiles, making conversation as usual.] Cloud's back?
Sep. 28th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
He got back about a week ago... [She doesn't look as pleased about the fact as she probably should, but she also doesn't feel the need to expound on it any further. Instead, she smiles.]

You look dead on your feet--which would you like first, a decent meal, or some sleep?
Sep. 28th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
[Something about her offer causes him to chuckle.] Let's go with the meal. I'm not betting on getting a decent night's sleep anytime soon.
Sep. 28th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
[She'd be lying if she said she hadn't expected that one, but she understood it better than probably anyone else he'd speak to.]

Alright, come on. [She stands and heads out of the inn room, into the hall that will lead them back out into the bar area]