Alex rolled his eyes at the boy's comment. "Oh haha, aren't you a comedian." He smiled lightly as he pushed the empty tray aside. "You've been hurt... one way or the other. I know how this goes. After the bad things, you lock yourself from the world and refuse help." Alex paused for a moment in order to let the kid process his thoughts and emotions. "Just tell me what happened."
He noticed the way Roy looked at the fire. He saw the flood of memories that rushed back to his mind, most likely memories he was trying to get rid of. "You know. It's fact that if you hold in things like this for long periods of time...you're sure to explode." Alex then gave him that 'signature' smirk. "Though of course maybe not physically...mentally and emotionally is guaranteed." Alex had already paid, so he left a tip for the waitress. "Come on. Let's walk and talk. More importantly, get you somewhere safe. The darker, the more dangerous. And I'm kind of on a slight "probation" with my flames...it'll be more of a hassle to protect you from the things that bump in the night." Alex stood and waited for Roy. "Take your food if your not done."
When Roy's phone rang in an odd tune, Alex stealthily took it from his pocket. The ringtone was something Parry used quite often in order to call the angels. He listened to the voicemail and then shook his head. "Your house it is. We need to get a move on." Now he was tugging the human along to his house.
Liu sighed, but listened to Joanna's story. Every time she tried...she would end up getting ignored, or yelled at on occassion. Liu didn't like the results of such encounters. It only made her hurt more. Joanna spoke of hope, and never giving up which only got a nod from Liu. Even though she didn't openly show it- or know it herself- she was starting to believe Joanna had a point.
But there it was again. Hope. The one thing that always broke her down. Every damn time she got her hopes up, when her parents would talk to each other, or stay with her in the same house, even having a tv dinner together, it would be crushed into thousands of pieces. She didn't know what was more painful, the fact that she had hoped or the fact that every time she did, her hope was destroyed. Liu sighed again and looked at Joanna, with nothing else to say.
That is...until a voice- a creepy one at that- spoke. "Reapers? Th-Those exist?" Well duh, if angels did then they were bound to have....enemies. Liu scooted away from the sound and looked at Joanna. "Faith? How in the world am I suppose to show that? I already have faith that I'm not crazy and you're real." She moved toward the farthest wall, behind Joanna.