If you were faced with Him in all His glory

What would you ask if you had just one question?


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paterelohim
Uh, hi! This is Ca- I mean Chuck Shurley, just- Chuck, sorry. [Indistinct fumbling noises] Leave a message after the beep and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks?

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call late Wednesday/early Thursday.

[ring ring etc]

[...Answered on like. The very last ring.]

Hello.

Chuck. [yeah lmao that's... all.]

Last time I checked.

[He's not angry, and he doesn't sound it. Just... brittle. Stressed. Bone-achingly exhausted.]

In one piece and everything. [His tone is similar really, tinged with a bit of relief now.]

[A pause; you can almost hear the twang of a guitar string snapping in Chuck's mind.]

Yeah. [It comes out a little higher-pitched than he meant.] Isn't that great?

Bloody fantastic.

[a beat] ..You called last night.

You noticed.

[A little too snappy. Rein it in, Shurley.]

I just. [Needed someone who knows us both to talk to. For the love of fucking Christ.] Wanted to know if he was there okay.

He's here. Not getting up off him until we figure this out.

...What, are you sitting on him or something?

Figuratively, mate. He's sleeping.

[sobs if only Chuck knew....]

Can't let him hurt someone else. He'd never forgive himself.

[He snaps back into silence. There's a few sounds like Chuck's trying to say something, but nothing comes of it. Just a tense, pregnant quiet. Normally, Chuck hates those awkward silences on the phone, and would fill them at least with noise or fidgeting or something. There's just nothing, because he's curling into himself a little while staring at the NV's blank screen.]

How's that for gay? [but he injects some bemusement so it's not wholly defensive.]

Can I do something for you?

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