In her current state, Cassandra spends a lot of time wandering around looking for a quiet place to be by herself. However, when she sees Mina, she smiles for what is probably the first time in days, "Mina," she says softly, "I am very glad to see you."
*smiles* And I'm glad to see you as well, Cassandra. *she gestures to the place next to her* Come, sit down.
She smiles and sits down carefully. "It's beautiful out here," she says after a few moments of silence.
*She nods* It is, isn't it? Especially here, where there's some shade... *pause* How have you been?
Cassandra looks down and laughs lightly. "Oh, horrid," she says in a forcibly cheery voice. "It's been a rough couple days, settling in and all that..."
*Understands, and takes ahold of Cassandra's hands gently and wordlessly*
Cassandra clutches Mina's hands, closes her eyes, and promptly bursts into very quiet sobs.
*Lets go of one of Cassandra's hands, though she holds the other just a tightly, and puts an arm around her, drawing her gently close to her* It's all right, you can cry.
[Typist:...All right, so I don't know why Mina is paralleling the blood exchange scene, but at least the context is different.]
Cassandra continues to cry, squeezing Mina's hand in what might be an uncomfortable manner. "T-thank you," she splutters through her tears. "I-it's just so hard - and the book - and I don't know what to do."
*Doesn't really react to Cassandra's uncomfortable grip - she's dealt with worse* You're welcome. *pause* The book? *even more gently, if possibly* You can take me, if you want to.
Cassandra blinks at her through tearful eyes. "Take you where?" she asks, confused.
[Typist:...And that should have been 'tell me'. I'm really sorry about that.]
Oh. Okay, that makes much more sense?
Cassandra looks at her feet. "I read something yesterday," she says to the ground. "It was about me. My life. In a book. And it was something I didn't want to remember...and now it's all I can think about."
*Quietly, gently* I found one of those two, about myself. It was difficult.
"It is," she says softly. "And I want to meet new people, but right now I can hardly be alone in the same room with them without wanting to run."
I know how that feels also. *And now, what can she do but hold Cassandra as close as possible?*
Cassandra pulls away just a little and looks at Mina. "You do?" She says, surprised. For some reason, Mina doesn't seem like someone who can be frightened of anything.
*She nods, and her voice is quiet, but also somewhat detached; it has been years, and, since then, she has gone on living* Yes, I do.
Cassandra bites her lips and says, just as softly, "You don't seem like you could be scared of anything."
*Kindly* Of course I can be scared of things. What makes you think that I wouldn't be?
"You just seem so brave and strong."
*She smiles a little* Thank you. *and then switches tones slightly* That doesn't mean I can't be scared.
Cassandra snuggles back up against Mina with a contented sigh, already feeling safer just being here. "No, but with you here I can feel like I don't have to be scared."
*And puts her arms back around Cassandra, smiling at the other woman's contentment. Her voice is quiet* I am glad for that.
Feeling sort of sleepy, she leans her head on Mina's shoulder. "Me too. It's been a long time since I didn't have to be scared."