p style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 1.286em auto; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.5; color: #2a2a2a;"Edd gripped his hood hurrying down the street. It was early morning, he was in clear. Nobody got up at this time except a certain spiked hair friend who loves bacon. He held the bag of food, so excited to see his old friend again. It had been a few weeks since he had brought Tord home and the fight. Now Tom and Eduardo weren't breathing down his neck about Tord. They seem to have moved on believing he was gone. Edd been visiting every morning before work so they wouldn't suspect a thing. He came up to the apartment Tord was staying at, just about to knock when the door open. Tord looked at his friend, his good eye fill with joy. He didn't have the side of his face bandage today, so Edd could see the scars from the fiery explosion. They cross the right side of his face. Skin healed over but unevent and still very red. His right eye was gone just a fainter gray than he good eye. Edd heard him once say he should have it removed. His right ear was also in bad shape and the hair on the side grew very brittle. Edd swallowed, not wanting to stare at it. It was all past now./p
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p style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 15.12px; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'GNU Unifont', Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; margin: 1.286em auto; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.5; color: #2a2a2a;"Edd arrived at Tord's apartment, letting himself in. "Tord?...Hello?" the place was quiet. He stopped, what if Tord's enemies found him? What if they killed him and he was too late? Edd searched the apartment, careful to not make a noise. He came to the bedroom and open the door. Tord was gripping his chest, breathing hard. He looked up at Edd, the shadows made his right side look ghostly. "Edd…you…you actually came.." he tried to stand but slip on the floor. Edd rushed over and help him up. br /"Of course, what's wrong why are you acting like you just got legs for the first time?" he asked. Tord just smiled. "Had…Had this nightmare-"/p
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