2 weeks ago
Jet had a way of making the walls come down.
not that the ones she had built were standing too strong now anyway. hancock made it easier, his presence soothing - the irony wasn’t lost on her but it was the same as when she first met him, not seeing the intimidating stranger, as if they'd known eachother years.
like their souls were very old friends. it made talking to him easy.
“pfft! how on earth do you lose a toe fishing?” maya asked through stifled laughter, failing to conceal it with a cough as she choked on smoke. the cigarette fell to the tiles below as she tried to cover her mouth. so high and caught up in the conversation she didn't even realise.
“wasn’t the whole toe. you didn’t grow up here, sister. you ever seen a baby mirelurk? translucent. i was a kid. my brother and i used to dip our feet in the water when it was hot outside. didn’t even realise there was one in the water until,” he opened his mouth wide and chomped the air with a grin before taking a long drag from his inhaler. “what were beaches like? you know, before the bombs dropped. it’s true you’re from back then right? daisy mighta let somethin' slip.”
maya’s heart seized at the question. catching her off guard in a way unlike before. the memory den had made it all come to the surface. too real that everything she’d ever known was gone for good. as if waking up from the dream, that slither of impossible hope that this was all just a bad dream.
“o-oh uh, yeah. that’s me. the frozen vault dweller. like some lame superhero huh? silver shroud is much cooler. you can see why i changed persona.”
deflect with humor. perfect.
“except for the dead animals and crazy crab people, the beaches now are much cooler. my mom loved the coast and made us all go every hot day. if it was warm everyone would flock to the beach with all their families and the place would be so crowded you could never really relax y’know? used to drive my brother charlie and i crazy. dad didn't mind. he just liked to see mom happy. everything is...quieter now. things were just different back then.” maya finished and turned to him. still smiling even though her eyes were noticeably brimming.
her voice hid it well.