>>36552697>She cradled her close to her chest as Vinyl continued to wail.>The walk from the seating to the colosseum's entrance was swift, but it felt like an eternity with every struggled movement and garbled scream.>Vinyl only stopped when they reached the car, far enough away that Octavia could no longer feel the deep, thrumming bass of the orchestra.>Vinyl collapsed into the passenger's seat, her face red and her eyes downcast.>Octavia followed suit as she clambered into the driver's seat.>She didn't put the key into the ignition.>Not yet.>Instead she turned to Vinyl, a searching gaze on her otherwise flat affect.>"Vinyl?">She knew Vinyl was looking at her, even just out of the corner of her eye.>She knew Vinyl could understand her.>"Please don't use the deaf card on me. Not tonight.">She felt strung out and tired, and only wished for Vinyl to speak.>Or, speak as she could.
-"I hate orchestra's."->"I gathered.">Vinyl hesitated.>Her eyes met Octavia's over her glasses, a red rim already surrounding blood shot sclera's.>Vinyl bit her lip in a way that left Octavia's heart flipping in her chest, as it always did.>In just the way that only Vinyl could do.>"Oh, sweetheart...">Octavia cupped Vinyl's cheek.>"You can tell me anything. Promise.">It was a promise given many times before, but Vinyl always seemed to need it in the moment.
-"My mother used to force me to go to orchestra's"->Vinyl blushed at the admission and buried her face into the door jam next to her.>Octavia let her speak at her own pace.>It didn't take long.
-"I went to one a long, long time ago. They were so loud, so, so loud, and then... They weren't.">Large, fat tears dripped down Vinyl's face.>Octavia felt fear unlike any other squeeze her heart.>"I'm so sorry," Octavia muttered, "I didn't... I didn't know you weren't born deaf. I had hoped that the band would be good for you, lift your spirits, but...">She laughed, high and cruel.