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Treading Water

Based on a conversation with @inloveamateursatbest

Ship(s): Aaron Dingle/Robert Sugden

Characters: Robert Sugden, Aaron Dingle, Liv Flaherty, Victoria Sugden, Chas Dingle, Charity Dingle, David Metcalfe, Tracy Shankley.

Themes: Psychosis, bipolar disorder, family, hopeful ending.

Content warnings: Suicide ideation

Word count: 6,047

Summary:

'I'm always here if you need help, y’know? And I'm not the only one. If you're not coping on your own-'


'I'm coping. I'm stressed but I'm not going to pieces.'

'Fine. But if you start to not cope at some point in the future there's people who can help. Me, Adam, Chas, Diane. We’re all here for you. You're not an island, Robert.'

After Aaron is sentenced, Robert's mental health deteriorates.

It starts as an itch. A twinge buried deep in his brain that he can’t scratch. It’s nothing new. It’s always there. Always has been there. He just hasn’t really thought about it much recently. It would sneak up on him sometimes, when he was drifting between sleep and waking, that liminal space where nothing really makes sense anyway. It’s not a voice. He doesn’t hear voices. It’s a feeling. Something like dread but not quite that. A presence lurking just out of view that he doesn’t really understand. Most of the time he can ignore it, bury himself in his work or his love life, never let the world around him get quiet.  

When Aaron is sentenced to 12 months behind bars, everything falls silent.

Except that one thing.

It may not be a voice, but it becomes the loudest thing in his life.

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11 Questions

I was tagged by the wonderful @bookcaffeine, thanks!

Rules: Answer the 11 questions, then ask 11 people 11 new questions

1. What’s the book that got you interested in reading?

Nobody’s boy by Hector Malot, my father read it to me when I was very little..

2. What is the thing you dislike the most that is prevalent in most books?

ALL the cliches! Mostly just the love for vampires and werewolves: ooh, look, he’s so different and special and misunderstood… ugh.

3. What book would you most like to find yourself (literally) trapped in?

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson!! Though that’d probably be dangerous…

4. Do you listen to music or turn the TV on for background noise while you read, or do you prefer absolute silence?

I prefer silence or music without lyrics

5. What is the most amount of books you’ve read in a month?

A lot.. like 50?

6. What book was most difficult for you to put down once you began reading it?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

7. What books would you cross-over if you could?

Oliver Twist and Treasure Island

8. How much merchandise do you have for your favorite book/series?

Not that much… mostly mugs

9. Do you like to read outside?

Yes

10. What season do you most associate with books, if any, and why?

Winter, because fireplace :)

11. What’s the one thing you love the most about reading?

The escape


So here are my questions:

1. Best chapter title in a book?

2. Which book gave you faith in humanity?

3. Which book made you want to get a pet (imaginary creatures allowed)?

4. Which book takes you back to your childhood?

5. Which YA book would you recommend to your parents?

6. Which book do you read to have peaceful dreams?

7. If you could ring up any pre-telephone-era author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

8. If you could only take one book with you to a deserted island, which book would you ABSOLUTELY NOT take?

9. Think up a book title that would immediately make you want to read it.

10. Footnotes; yay or nay?

11. What is the meaning of life? Answer with a book title


So I wanna tag some of my new followers again: @storygirl16 @critical-reader @flamingmirror @hellofancybooks @booksrunmylife @fall-out-book-nerd @skyiadream @thebookcutie @howlsmovinglibrary @shelfthieves @book24author

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.
Move on, leave, run away, escape this place… but don’t forget about me, about us, about this town. Always remember where you come from so you can appreciate how far you’ve come.
—  c.j.n.