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07 September 2007 @ 09:19 pm
Livin' it up. Sort of.  
Once Clair is gone Grey wastes no time finding his feet. The going is painfully slow but eventually he figures out how to walk. He makes his way slooowly to the bathroom.

Grey manages to brush his teeth, shower, change his clothes, and change the gauze pad on his arm. And it only takes him a few hours! But by the end... he's noticing that things are getting easier. That he can feel again. Just a little. Pressure here... a pin-prick of pain there (ribs, agh, he's been moving too erratically).

He's noticed that there is a pen and a journal on the desk... but he highly doubts he'll be able to manage writing quite yet. Not easily anyway. Instead he finds an easy snack in the kitchenette and then... well why not? He checks the door. And is rather surprised to find it open.

He stands there for a moment. Why would it be open? Was it purposeful? A slip of the mind? Was she toying with him....?

....He quietly slips out.
 
 
Current Mood: Cautious.
 
 
 
Dr. Grey: Blue.grey_matter on September 17th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Grey blinks as the pair shoot out of the sink and first glances up at hummingbird before glancing down at the ball of squish rolling around his feet.

"I'm sure you've collected it all." He says dryly. He looks about to continue when he realizes... there's something strange about Inky. The creature definitely didn't have cybernetic parts earlier. He frowns a bit.

Grey is apparently ignoring the hummingbird for the moment. Noisy thing.
Inky!: Shiny!o_delerious on September 17th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
"Are you suuure?" Inky will start to climb up Grey's leg, heading for, eventually, his ear. "You've been walking around and tilting your head back, that has probably moved more wax around. And my hummingbirds need it."
Dr. Grey: Here kitty kitty kitty...grey_matter on September 17th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
Grey lifts his leg a little and stares down at Inky with the same strange detachedness he's had for the past few minutes. "Quite." He replies, moving to pluck the mysterypus from his leg.

"And what, pray tell, would hummingbirds do with earwax?" A pause. "Even better, what are you doing with cybernetic parts?" If he can manage to grab Inky he will investigate those more closely.
Inky!: Tinyo_delerious on September 17th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
Inky is grabbed! But he doesn't mind. That brings him all the closer to Grey's ears. "I got an upgrade." Grey will notice that both the cybernetic parts and the remaining octopus are covered in splotches of paint. Tie Dyed octopus!

"And my hummingbirds like earwax for structural support in their nests. Otto says I can't have his anymore and Clair won't let me have hers but you're not using all of yours so..."
Dr. Grey: Science wins!grey_matter on September 17th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
"An upgrade?" Grey looks the octopus over. The cybernetic eye... the arms. Seems somehow a little familiar. Hm. "Who upgraded you then?"

Grey ignores the rest of Inky's rambling about earwax and hummingbirds.
Inky!: Shiny!o_delerious on September 17th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
"I met a rat and we traded." Yes, this is all the information that Inky things Grey needs to know. Inky looks over at the hummingbird and chitters.
The hummingbird then whirrs down to take a look and a beakpoke in Grey's ear.
Dr. Grey: Grey.grey_matter on September 17th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
That's all the information Grey needs. To come to his conclusion that is. Really, how many cybernetic rats are there in the Nexus? Well. At least he hadn't seen any others....

"Traded ho-" ACK. Grey only has one arm so that's the arm he uses to try to swat the hummingbird away. Mind you Inky is also still held in that hand.
Inky!: Potato Heado_delerious on September 17th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
"Wheeeee!" Inky is swung through the air and back again, and the hummingbird backs off, screaming hummingbird obscenities (you'd be amazed at their creativity in this department). Inky wriggles happily. "Do that again! Your future ruler commands you to!"
Dr. Grey: Art Grey.grey_matter on September 17th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
And here we have the first inklings of emotion again! "You aren't going to have a future if you don't quiet yourself." Grey growls. He brings Inky back up to peer at the creature.

"How did you acquire those enhancements from the rat you met?"
Inky!: Shiny!o_delerious on September 17th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
Inky has emotions too! He puffs up a bit, though that's hard to do when in a hand. "Oh yes, like you have any room to talk about futures, the only one who controls yours is Clair!"

But trading powers with the rat was just too interesting not to talk about. "I developed a magnetic personality and could take whatever I wished from anyone else. The metal parts the rat had were shiny so I wanted them, and so we traded." Proof that Inky doesn't understand what actually happened. "This means that I will be able to aquire anything I want, as ruler of all."
Dr. Grey: Concoctions.grey_matter on September 17th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
At this Grey gives a very unpleasant smirk. "Is that so?" Definitely a challenging tone there. Needless to say he disagrees.

Grey definitely looks skeptical about Inky's story. "I'm sure." He says with a kind of dry sarcasm once the octopus is done. "That aside, what did you trade to the rat?"
Inky!o_delerious on September 17th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
"I didn't "trade" anything, but nature abhors a vacuum so he took my air swimmingness. I guess he had to have something to take the place of these lovely cybernetics, but he could have taken something from someone else. Like maybe from the ground, the plants or something. He didn't start photosynthesizing though."

Without warning, Inky makes his octopus skin into hard spikes. They're not too sharp, but Grey might not want to hold onto him anymore.
Dr. Grey: Self destruct?grey_matter on September 17th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
The rat... could float? He needed to get his hands on that rat again. That was definitely something to look into.

Grey drops Inky in surprise. "...You blasted thing." He glares down at Inky. He'll try to nudge Inky away with a foot now. "Get out of here. And take the hummingbird with you."
Inky!: Shiny!o_delerious on September 17th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
Inky lands with a clang. "Ow! Awhhh...this isn't nearly as fun as I thought." The hummingbird zooms down and lands on Inky's offered tentacle. It eeps and nuzzles the side of Inky's body. Inky pulls a flower out of somewhere for the hummingbird to sip from.

"I'm not a blasted thing...can't blow up. Too bad, huh. That looks like fun when Otto makes something blow up...Don't think he likes it much though. Hmmm..."

Inky squints up at Grey and the hummingbird takes off again. "If you don't want to share your earwax, I guess we'll have to wait until you're restrained again. In the meantime, we'd like some of your hair. Makes great nests."
Dr. Grey: Test tubes.grey_matter on September 17th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
"Too bad, indeed." He's still glaring. Grey will now attempt to step on Inky.

"I think I'll pass."
Inky!: Shiny!o_delerious on September 17th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
Inky is stepped on, but he doesn't care! He squishes almost completely flat, except for the cybernetics, which remain strong as diamonds.

"Hehe, stoppit, it tickles!" He wraps his tentacles around Grey's foot. "But really. My poor hummingbirds, they live in a greenhouse and have little to make nests out of with no forests to go scavange in for soft grasses and pine needles." Awh, don't you pity them? "Your hair is perfect for them especially those special white hairs, they look so soft..."

As if on cue, the hummingbird zips down, grabs a bit of Grey's hair, and tugs.
Dr. Grey: Injection.grey_matter on September 17th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
What the hell is this thing made of?

World's smallest violin Inky. Grey attempts to shake the octopus free of his foot in disgust. He looks like he's about to reply when... there's a hummingbird that's very determined to come away with some of his hair.

Grey gives a guttural growl and attempts to crush the hummingbird with his hand. He's hoping the hummingbird won't be as impervious to destruction as Inky has proven.
Inky!: Jaro_delerious on September 17th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
He doesn't quite get to grab the hummingbird but he does strike it, sending the little bird careening wildly out of control for a few seconds before it executes a graceful backflip and recovers, shaking its bright head.

Inky doesn't take this well. "Oh no, Gertrude! You bastard, what'd you do that for?" Inky scmlorps himself onto Grey's foot and nips his ankle with his now metallic beak. Grey might feel a bit sleepy now...
Dr. Grey: Sink.grey_matter on September 18th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
Grey jerks his foot at the nip and glares down at the octopus angrily. He opens his mouth to say something... aaand... hey. Oh. He is feeling sleepy now. Grey catches himself against a nearby desk, quite possibly knocking a few papers and other things askew.

Nice. Wonderful. Was the stupid thing pois-

Grey doesn't get to finish his train of thought. He's managed to ease himself more or less to the ground but at this point he simply topples over.

Nighty night.
Inky!: Jaro_delerious on September 18th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
The last thing he may feel is the soft pressure of tiny but strong arms catch his skull and lower it carefully to the ground. "Wouldn't want to hit your head, that part is important to Clair." The tiny octopus chuckles and slurms around to the pack of his head and, with Gertrude's help, begins to snip at Grey's hair.

Grey will wake up a few minutes later, after Inky has nibbled on Grey's other ankle with the antidote and covered both tiny bites with octopus-themed band-aids. He might just catch a glimpse of Inky and the hummingbird dissapearing back down the drain, and may notice that coin-sized areas of his hair have been cropped short. His ear canals, again, have been scrubbed sparkling clean.
Dr. Grey: Sleepy Grey.grey_matter on September 18th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
Grey finds himself swimming back up through the depths of unconsciousness soon enough. It feels kind of like trying to push through some particularly thick clouds. Nnrrg. Sleepy. ...Wait.

He opens his eyes a bit and lifts his head. And yes, he does catch the tail end of a hummingbird disappearing into the sink. He grits his teeth and sits up, still feeling just a wee bit dizzy and lightheaded. He hasn't noticed the missing bits of hair yet but his ears do feel a tad strange.
Ockette: Needles!ockette on September 18th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
Now that his attention's been drawn over towards the sink again, he might just notice the cabinet above it. In there are many trays, in a rack, and in those trays are more of the small, brilliantly-colored candies, as-yet unwrapped, just made.
Dr. Grey: Here kitty kitty kitty...grey_matter on September 18th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
Grey makes his way to his feet. As he does so, he notices the octopus-themed band-aids on them. He scowls at this and rips them off angrily.

He then runs a hand through his hair. And consequentially finds a few areas that are just a bit shorter than they should be. That blasted octopus. ....He vaguely wonders if it's impervious to fire.

Grey makes his way over to the sink and peers down the drain, trying to figure out how the pair has managed to use it for transportation. He turns the water on. Full blast. Worth a try you know. While the water is running he notices the cabinet above the sink. Evidently Grey doesn't pay much heed to that whole "curiosity killed the cat" saying.

He opens the cabinet and peers inside. Well, what do you know. It's more of those damn candies Clair keeps shoving down his throat. He's surprised to see so many different kinds. He's had the red and the purple... but what do the others do? ....Oh, curiosity.

He glances at a pink one. Hadn't she offered one of those as well as the purple one the first time? He'd refused it then. Hm. Grey reaches in and takes one of the pink ones, closing the cabinet with the back of his hand and looking the candy over. Hn. Well. There's only one way to find out you know. Really.

Grey pops the candy in his mouth. Mm. Strawberry. He reaches over and finally turns the water off at the sink as he sucks on the candy.

Finally he swallows it, giving a last peer down the drain of the sink before moving off to look at other things in the lab while he waits for it's effects.

The effects almost sneak up on him. He almost doesn't notice the gradual feeling of contentment and happiness creeping up. Before long he's got a faint smile.

This was fun. The whole thing really. The lab was really nice too. Plenty of interesting things in it so far. And he'd been learning a lot here, you know? This wasn't so bad at all.
mark_i_ammark_i_am on September 19th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
Presently, a man lets himself in, the door closing quickly behind him. This man is a couple years younger than Clair, and only a couple inches taller. He has matching red hair and, presently, a red nose as well. He's carrying a box of tissues and is busy pulling them out, using them, and stuffing them into a pocket.

"Heddo? Clair? I'bm interesded in dat cobbon cold cure you habe..."
Dr. Grey: Anatomy.grey_matter on September 19th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
Grey glances up as the man enters, a grin immediately appearing on his face. Oh, more company! "Hello! Sick are you?" He sounds cheerful and a little too loud. And he's definitely not Clair.
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