Awkward Learning Experiences
She waited quietly, her eyes on the man’s face until they moved to watch the sand. With the small shift of her head her hair fell to hide her face. As she listened, Nina contemplated his words. She could relate to his past. The girl had not known that there were places on Earth where humans were considered “freaks” alongside mutants, and she frowned at that ignorance which contrasted all her time already spent in the world. Nina had forgotten that humans could be as cruel to their own as they were to others.
“That is..interesting. I would definitely like to see it, if you truly mean to take me.” She paused, considering her words just as carefully as Kurt did. “I want..to know about your childhood. Your mistakes and your triumphs. One day..” Nina sighed, nudging a mound of sand with the toe of her boot until it toppled over. “One day, I wish to know your life story. When you’re ready. When you think that you can tell me without hiding anything.” As her wings cramped from the cold, she extended them to their full length, shaking out a tangled bit of feathers towards her right flank. A thought slipped into the back of her mind, and she gave a wry, humorless smile. “If you’re still around, by then.”
“Perhaps one day we can truly swap stories, though mine is not a very pleasant one - not really one I tell.” Kurt licked his lips, the tip of his tongue darting over furless blue skin. “I suppose it is not really a long story from your point of view.” He expelled a breathy laugh from his nose, but unconsciously folded his arm over his stomach, where, beneath layers of clothe and fur, the “T,” “I,” and partial “E” of “tier” were still etched into his skin. The horrific images flashed through his mind: the jeering faces, the flash of the knife, the horror on Margali’s face, his own blood flowing across his hands.
Kurt gave himself another shake and quickly dropped his arms, hauling his mind back to the present before memories of his second attempt rose his mind. He glanced at Nina, thinking of her father’s powers.
“Did you get any of that?” he asked, trying not to sound too bitter. Telepaths could be frustrating, especially for someone whose appearance made most people disinclined to tell him anything.