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Serenity is a very nice ship. Cozy. The room Kate and Piotr inhabit is small, but it's comfortable, and Mal and his crew are both kind and generous to let them live there for so long.

But small passenger bunks on a small spaceship, however cozy, do not have lots of extra room for easels. And it's generally considered rude to accidentally smudge oil paint on your host's floor and walls.

Which is why Piotr is out by the lake, taking advantage of the morning sun to work on a new canvas.

Date: 2007-08-20 04:32 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] prydeful
"You met Puss," Kate observes as she sets her chin on his shoulder and drapes her arms around him.

This requires using phasing to be several inches above the ground.

She can cope with that.

Date: 2007-08-20 04:45 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] prydeful
"Always the artist," she grins and presses a kiss to his neck.

"Pity you can't arrange life to be lit the right way."

Is this teasing? Juuuust a bit.

Date: 2007-08-20 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] prydeful
"Dork." It's affectionate as she squeezes slightly.

"Can I look at your sketchbook?" She won't stop him from painting.

Also she hasn't seen it in a while.

Date: 2007-08-20 05:26 am (UTC)
prydeful: (Sky Sit)
From: [personal profile] prydeful
"No, I ask because I hate your art." Deadpanned, as she kisses his nose briefly and then lets go. A moment later and Kate's sitting on the ground, sketchbook settled in her lap.

The older drawings she's seen before.

And then there are the many new ones. She's seen him drawing one or two, sometimes in bed or just when they're sitting together, but there are many she hasn't.

Date: 2007-08-20 05:40 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] prydeful
Kate's careful, as she turns the pages.

Many of their friends. X-Men and at the bar both; one of Scott, talking to a student at the mansion, followed by one of Simon holding medical tools. A few of Sunny, Anthony next to her in one. Storm and then Logan, looking at a lake--she's not sure if it's this one or the mansion's--and Mal on Serenity's bridge.

There are several of a girl who might be Illyana, if one feature was different here or there. Kate touches those with lighter fingers. Several of herself--there's one of her sleeping, arms phased through the sheet, that makes her smile a little extra--and a few of people she doesn't know.

And there are drawings, throughout, of a woman holding an infant. Her hair's dark, and her face is hard to see with the angle she's drawn at, or else her hair's falling over it. A few of those, a few of just babies that aren't any she knows, all scattered throughout.

The first one she doesn't stop at for long.

It's one towards the end that makes her stop turning the pages and just study it, fingers tracing over the lines after a minute.

Date: 2007-08-20 05:54 am (UTC)
prydeful: (Like a graceful vase)
From: [personal profile] prydeful
"You draw a lot of babies," she says eventually without looking up.

It's not that many, in some ways, but--

There's more than two. Especially if you take into account the ones being held by someone.

Date: 2007-08-20 06:04 am (UTC)
prydeful: (Like a graceful vase)
From: [personal profile] prydeful
"More than I'd've thought, anyway," she amends, and looks up with a half sort of smile.

"They're pretty pictures, mind."

Date: 2007-08-20 06:20 am (UTC)
prydeful: (I'm a comic girl inna comic world)
From: [personal profile] prydeful
"Da." Absently, as she turns the pages till she sees another infant being held by a woman.





"...Why this, though?"

Date: 2007-08-20 06:46 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] prydeful
"Why babies?"

It's not exactly the question--or not the only one--she wants to ask. But it's a start.

Date: 2007-08-20 07:10 am (UTC)
prydeful: (Thinking)
From: [personal profile] prydeful
She's tracing the child's features for a minute.






"Do you want one?"

Date: 2007-08-20 07:39 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] prydeful
She's biting her lip, a little, and not looking up.

"Do you want them with me?"

Date: 2007-08-20 07:59 am (UTC)
prydeful: (Don't cry where they can see you)
From: [personal profile] prydeful
"I love you too."

That's soft, and to the sketchbook as much as Piotr.

It's a minute before Kate looks up, looks over at him and looks tired. Because it's Piotr, and she does love him, and since she was thirteen and a half she's thought off and on about being married to Piotr and having children with Piotr. Because Piotr was brought up to think family was the most important thing, and probably without that he still would, and she knows it.

And because for herself she does. She always has. Stryker used that against her, once, made her see the dreams she had before finding out about mutants and X-Men, and mother was there at the top.

And she doesn't know how to say it, really, so she just lets the words tumble out, says, "Phasing induces miscarriages most of the time," without thinking about building up to it or gentling it.

It doesn't say what she wants, and she realizes it after the words are out. And she doesn't know how to say I want them too, to say, I want them with you after that, just looks down at the charcoal lines on paper.

Date: 2007-08-20 08:13 am (UTC)
prydeful: (Worn out and through)
From: [personal profile] prydeful
"Not all." She shrugs, a little. "Just--it makes it harder. Stress on the system. Too much and the fetus is--split, I guess. It's hard on it."

And nine months is a very long time.

"And I phase in my sleep most the time," she half-whispers, smiling crookedly and without humor.

And then Kate doesn't say anything for a moment before saying quietly, "I do want them. With you."

That makes it worse, she thinks.

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