YarnKittymon: : ::it's a sunny day, and now that
the wall has finally been repaired, the sky is a beautiful blue
color again, and the populace of the island are now limited to
the now-two radio stations broadcasting from inside--one in Marquis, and one on the other side of the island, built
there illegally with help of some smugglers, but so popular, the
government fears to shut it down. Between the two towers, almost
everyone in the island can hear broadcasts every day::
YarnKittymon: : ::on this particular morning, the broadcast from the other side of the island cuts out a few minutes after ten o'clock, though few people in Marquis were likely listening to it--the only people who are upset at all are the engineers at Marquis's station--but then, at about 10:15, the radio play being performed segues from laughter to a scream, the definite noise of a mircophone falling to the ground, and then--audible throughout all Marquis, whether or not anyone's listening to the radio--a gunshot::
YarnKittymon: : ::in a few moments, the tower begins to broadcast only dead air::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::was listening to the radio when the gunshot was fired and as soon as he hears it, he goes pale and, without even thinking, runs out of his room and to the radio station::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::She had just entered the lobby when the gunfire sounded, startling her. She stood rooted to the spot for several seconds before cautiously moving to where the shot came from.::
YarnKittymon: : ::the shot came from the studio, and a voice she can't quite place yells to one of the frightened people inside:: Close the door! Get that corpse out of here!
Maeve Owens: MV: ::moves towards the studio::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::sees Maeve up ahead and slows; hisses in as quiet a whisper as possilbe:: Maeve!
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she jumps, then spins around towards Jack. Her complexion is pale and she casts another nervous glance towards the studio door then back to him::
YarnKittymon: : ::Cathleene, a rather skittish young woman, comes out of the studio, shakily dragging George, one of her fellow actors, who's been shot in the chest and is looking up at the ceiling blankly, closing the door behind her, and appearing downright astonished to still be alive; she's too numb to even try to tend to George's wound::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::freezes when he sees Cathleene, waiting for her to notice them::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::whispers:: Cathleen. ::she holds her breath, hoping Cathleen doesn't scream and slowly moves towards her and George.::
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman looks at Maeve for just a moment, and then sinks down to sit on the floor, sobbing quietly::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::kneels down next to the woman:: Shhh, its going to be alright. ::checks George to see if he's still alive::
YarnKittymon: : ::George blinks, but he's not looking at Maeve--quite possibly not looking at anything on Earth--and his shirt is soaked through with blood::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::moves forward; whispers:: Someone needs to get him to Isaac...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she grimaces, then looks up at Jack:: Well, you're the only one here that would be able to *carry* him.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::curses under his breath, looking around in a vague way as if half hoping that someone'll turn up to do it for him:: I thought guns weren't supposed to bloody work anyway
Maeve Owens: MV: ::frowns:: And I thought my days of dealing with guns were over.
YarnKittymon: : ::James, a young man who Maeve remembers as noting that if he made Maeve smile, Donald would set him up for life, looks down the hall at them, softly saying:: He shouldn't...shouldn't be moved. I'll run get Isaac. ::and he sprints off at top speed before anyone can stop him::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::groans:: Lovely, another person getting into the middle of this. In the meantime we need something to try and stop the blood. ::looks pointedly at Jack's shirt and smirks::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::sighs and unbuttons his shirt, pulling it off and tossing it to Maeve:: Here ::looks towards the door:: That bitch...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she catches it then attempts to make a temporary bandage out of it. She looks rather shocked to hear him say that; quietly:: What?
YarnKittymon: : ::they can't hear any voices from the studio, because the door's closed and the room's soundproofed--but suddenly they hear a gunshot, only muffled somewhat by the room's acoustics, and a bullet goes flying through the studio wall and over Maeve's head::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::a startled yelp escapes her as she dives to the ground while covering her head::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::ignores Maeve's question as he too drops to the ground:: Should there be anyone else in there? Other than the guys with the guns that is
YarnKittymon: : ::Cathleene murmurs:: Madeline, and Adam, and some girl he brought in...
Maeve Owens: MV: Who has the gun?
YarnKittymon: : ::softly, her voice shaking:: An old man in weird robes.
Quantum Catz: JK: D'you know what he wants?
YarnKittymon: : ::starts to cry again:: No...
Quantum Catz: JK: ::curses again:: What i wouldn't give fer a gun of my own right now...
Maeve Owens: MV: Um Jack, if he's wearing weird robes you dont think it could be banrack's father do you? ::frowns:: What would he be doing with a gun? He's *against* technology.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::appears in the doorway, slowing his run when he sees them up ahead and then moving quickly towards them; softly:: What...what was that? James...said someone was hurt...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::points down to George:: He was shot.
YarnKittymon: : ::George's eyes have fallen closed, though he's still bleeding a little::
Quantum Catz: IS: Toby's...coming too ::presses his hands to the man and tries to heal him::
Maeve Owens: MV: Maybe we should bust in, before he shoots someone else.
YarnKittymon: : ::the wound seems to heal, though something feels a bit strange to Isaac, and George groans softly, opening his eyes and looking like he's still in quite a bit of pain::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks down the hallway and makes his way rather cautiously down it, kneeling next to Isaac; whispers:: Is he OK?
Quantum Catz: IS: It doesn't seem like he's healing right...it's like something's stopping it
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods, looking rather worried; whispers:: The bullet, probably. ::cringes, then looks at Isaac:: Try to help him through it; it's gonna hurt.
Quantum Catz: IS: Okay... :looks confused:: I thought things like this couldn't work on the island...and the wall's been fixed now...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::shrugs:: I don't know. When I tell you to, heal him. ::finds the hole in George's shirt and uses it to line up where the bullet must've gone in--it looks like he's just cautiously poking a finger right into the man's chest, and George screams loudly at the pain::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::winces::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::finally pulls away from George:: I got it. Hurry! ::George bleeds awfully as Toby takes his finger, covered in blood, out of the man's chest::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::instantly presse his hand to George's wound and begins to heal it again::
YarnKittymon: : ::the healing works fine most of the way, but just as Isaac's re-forming George's skin over the wound, he finds he just can't do it, as though his powers have been shut off--Toby and Maeve feel a little strange, too::
Quantum Catz: IS: There's...something weird...like my power got shut off
YarnKittymon: : ::Cathleene's skin suddenly turns the same color as the wall behind her, though she doesn't seem to notice, as she's still crying::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::tries to use her powers::
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve can't make any fire::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::a little alarmed:: My powers arent working either!
Quantum Catz: JK: Great, then we're all just as useful as each other against a gun - is there any way to get in there except that door?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::touches his fingers together, trying to clean the blood off, with no success; looks back at Cathleene for a moment; softly:: She's using her power, right?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::pouts:: Lucky her.
YarnKittymon: : ::Cathleene opens her eyes, and shrieks when she looks down at her arms, shying back away from herself::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::the woman's sudden shriek startles her but once her nerves have calmed down; quietly:: Okay calm down, whats wrong?
YarnKittymon: : ::Cathleene looks up at Maeve, wide-eyed, her skin all flushing crimson:: What's wrong? You tell me! What's wrong with me!
Maeve Owens: MV: How am I suppose to know? That isnt your power doing that?
YarnKittymon: : ::whimpers:: I don't *have* a power!
Maeve Owens: MV: oh boy.
Quantum Catz: JK: So the girl's turned into a chameleon - this isn't helping us
Maeve Owens: MV: Then who has mine! ::looks over at Jack:: Try to do something.
Quantum Catz: JK: Like what?
Maeve Owens: MV: I dont know! Just... well, maybe it was because she was in the room with him. Nevermind. ::grumbles:: I want my power back! ::bangs on the door::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::grabs Maeve's arm, trying to pull her back:: You want to get shot?
Maeve Owens: MV: Oh what else is new? It'll be just like old times.
Quantum Catz: JK: We need to do something
YarnKittymon: : ::they narrowly miss being shot by another bullet, and then the door opens, and Michael comes out, holding a fairly young girl hostage, a pistol to her head; he looks coldly at the people gathered:: She's dead if any of you so much as blink.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::gloats:: Told you it was him.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::mutters:: That ain't helpin'
Maeve Owens: MV: ::coughs, looking away::
YarnKittymon: : ::the girl looks at them pleadingly, though she doesn't dare speak::
Maeve Owens: MV: Well, your sense of morals hasn't changed much. Gone from making people sick to taking young girls hostage? Why dont you let the poor thing go? She's scared to death.
YarnKittymon: MI: ::looks at Maeve steadily:: Then how will I make it out of this disgusting town safely? No; I'd like to live to see how you all enjoy living in disgrace like I have all these months.
Maeve Owens: MV: Living in disgrace? Because we lost our powers? Please, I may be a little frustrated but I'm far from disgraced. And may I remind you that you still have the gun? You dont need the girl.
Maeve Owens: ((what kind of gun is it and how man bullets does it hold? :D ))
YarnKittymon: ((I was thinking a six-shooter, but I don't know; it might be more advanced, with a cartridge--probably is, now that I think about it, 'cuz he's not particularly versed in guns :P ))
YarnKittymon: MI: ::scowls:: Do you really think I'm such a fool? If you all came at me at once, I couldn't shoot each of you...but I could shoot little Tasha here quite handily. Do you want that?
Quantum Catz: JK: So, what? You plan on walkin' out've here with her 'n leaving them in 'disgrace' cos they ain't got their powers?
Maeve Owens: MV: You have four other people here, take one of us? Would you want someone holding a gun to one of your little girls, scarrying them the way you're scarrying her? Just let the kid go.
YarnKittymon: MI: ::looks over them all for a moment, then shakes his head:: You'd all try to escape. ::tries to back away, looking back at Jack:: I'll let every freak on this awful island feel as I feel.
Quantum Catz: JK: Feel what? That little bit weaker than before? You could cut off me arm and i'd be upset but it ain't gonna ruin my life
YarnKittymon: MI: ::ignores Jack, trying to pull the girl out of the crowded hallway:: I swear I'll shoot her, and then the lot of you.
Maeve Owens: MV: We wont try to escape, all we want right now is to make sure the child gets out of this safely. Thats all that matter right now, right? Come on, you have to have a little bit of a heart left.
YarnKittymon: MI: ::looks around at them all; finally, looks Isaac in the face:: I'll trade for him. No one else.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::blinks:: Me?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::glances over at Isaac::
YarnKittymon: MI: ::glares at Isaac, pulling the girl away with him:: Forget I mentioned it, then.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::quickly:: NO! You could take me couldnt you?
YarnKittymon: MI: ::just rolls his eyes:: I know the fight you'd put up. Are you going to let me go, or do I have to kill someone else?
Quantum Catz: IS: No, it's...it's okay... ::slowly stands up:: You can...take me
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks rather upset, but doesn't say anything, watching the scene in case there might be an opportunity to attack while the switch is made::
YarnKittymon: MI: ::keeps his hold on Tasha, watching everyone, ready to pull the trigger if anyone tries anything at all::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::takes a step towards michael::
YarnKittymon: MI: ::takes a couple steps closer to Isaac, so he's pretty near him, then throws the girl aside, reaching for Isaac and keeping his gun pointed at the young man::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::doesn't fight against Michael's move::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::frowns, knowing their best chance was in the switch off, she looks over to the girl to see how she's doing::
YarnKittymon: : ::the girl looks rather pale, and instantly hides behind Maeve, as if she could shield her from a rain of bullets::
YarnKittymon: MI: ::holds Isaac close to him, the gun at Isaac's neck:: So long, then. ::walks backwards a few steps, dragging Isaac with him as best he can::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::quickly, trying to hold Michael there until someone's inspired:: Wait - i'm curious - can't you at least tell us how you got to be good enough to make the gun work? I'm sure you weren't that strong last time we met ye
Maeve Owens: MV: ::quietly:: And if you cant use your powers anymore, how did you take ours away?
YarnKittymon: MI: ::smirks at Jack and Maeve:: I did nothing of the sort...but you and my ungrateful children let me handle a gun. You didn't just take my powers; you took all my magic, so that even a spell won't work on me. Not even a spell that keeps guns from working properly here. So it's your own fault all of this happened. ::takes another step backwards::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::cautiously edges forward, hoping Michael's not looking at him::
Maeve Owens: MV: If you didnt take our powers away then who did?
YarnKittymon: MI: Our little friend Tasha, of course. Why don't you ask her?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::gets within six feet of Michael, close enough that it's hard to believe he hasn't been spotted yet; he looks ready to jump at him::
Maeve Owens: MV: Because I'm asking you.
Maeve Owens: MV: Please, fill us in on your grand scheme. We're dying to know.
YarnKittymon: MI: ::glares at Maeve, and suddenly pulls the gun away from Isaac, pointing it right at her forehead, cocked and ready to fire:: Stop mocking me!
Quantum Catz: JK: ::to draw attention from Maeve:: How many women are you gonna threaten with that thing before you give this up? Does it make you feel big? Cos you ain't
Maeve Owens: MV: ::looks a little stricken, then holds her hands up in surrendor:: Wasnt trying to, we really would like to hear it. ::tries to make eye contact with Toby to tell him to make a move::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nervously jumps at Michael, trying to wrestle anything--Isaac, the gun--away from him::
YarnKittymon: MI: ::wasn't expecting this, and is knocked to the ground, but his hand jerks to point his gun towards Jack, and it fires, twice, with perfect aim::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::momentarily stiffens, knowing there's nowhere for him to go and no way to get there fast enough; but the bullets hit a barrier about a foot from his body, a pale light appearing for a second, and then they drop to the ground::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::dives for the gun::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::is too stunned to do anything for a moment::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::when he realises what just happened Jack moves towards Michael::
YarnKittymon: MI: ::is still holding the gun, and he pulls it away, hitting it hard against the wall; it doesn't discharge::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::Jack's new trick had surprised her, but the need to get the gun away from Michael quickly brought her out of it, and she attempts to get it away from him again, regardless if it cant discharge or not::
YarnKittymon: MI: ::takes to kicking and struggling against everyone, just trying to get free now, but not releasing the gun::
Maeve Owens: MV: Alright! I want my power back! ::continues to try and pry the gun from his fingers:: You're out numbered, give up already!
YarnKittymon: MI: ::very suddenly releases the gun, rolling backwards away from them as best he can; laughs:: Fine! Shoot me!
Quantum Catz: JK: ::grabs the gun from the floor and raises it, pointing at Michael:: Well, hey, if that's what you want...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::sharply:: Jack! Killing him isn't going to solve anything. Besides, death is too good for him. Maybe the mayor will give him the 45 lashes he never got to give us.
Quantum Catz: JK: Hey, i ain't gonna kill him - but hey, a little pain of his own making might make 'im feel a little repentence...
YarnKittymon: MI: ::grins:: Go ahead--do your worst. ::though he does step backwards another couple steps::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks at Jack anxiously; softly:: That's not a good idea, is it?
Quantum Catz: JK: What, shooting a guy in the leg for threatening a girl, shooting a guy and practically killing me? Sounds like a fine idea to me
Maeve Owens: MV: Do you plan to skip town afterwards? Besides the girl is still in this hallway, remember?
YarnKittymon: MI: ::glares at Maeve, then Jack:: Are you going to shoot me or not?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::smirks slightly:: Guess not - got a weddin' planned - wouldn't wanna replace it with jail time...unless you piss me off even more that is
YarnKittymon: MI: Fine. ::turns his back to them and walks towards the exit::
Maeve Owens: MV: Uh, Jack, you being the one with the gun, you might want to keep a tighter reign on him. We dont want him skipping out on his jail time.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::smirks:: Sure thing ::fires the gun, aiming for the back of the guy's lower leg::
Maeve Owens: MV: I didnt say to shoot him!!
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 2 5
Quantum Catz: JK: Stops him gettin away, don't it?
YarnKittymon: : ::the gun works, and Michael cries out, falling to the ground, bleeding from the back of his leg::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::just looks astonished; quietly:: Is that your new power too, Jack?
Quantum Catz: JK: What?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::grumbles:: I want *my* power back. ::glances over her shoulder at Tasha::
YarnKittymon: TY: Guns aren't supposed to work right here, remember? As likely to blow up in your face as hit someone else?
YarnKittymon: : ::the former hostage is still hiding behind Maeve, wide-eyed, gazing at Jack::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::shrugs:: Worked for him didn't it?
YarnKittymon: MI: ::is too busy whimpering to reply to that::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::softly:: Um, he said you had something to do with losing our powers and if thats true, you think you could fix that please? ;:looks over at Jack:: Sorry if you want to keep your new gift but I'd really like mine back.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::shrugs:: I ain't bothered - don't get shot at too often anyway
YarnKittymon: : ::the girl shakes her head; softly, not looking up at Maeve:: Mine's gone too.
YarnKittymon: : ::rather belatedly, a half-dozen guards storm in, looking down at Michael, who's laying on the ground, still bleeding; one of the guards asks:: Is everyone OK?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::being even more vulnerable without her power has her contemplating about the future that would have happened had Donald lived and if she had not messed it up. The guards entrance breaks her from her thoughts and she jumps again:: I *really* want my power back.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::clears the gun so that no one else can fire it::
YarnKittymon: : ::one of the guards looks at Maeve soberly:: We all do, miss. ::kneels next to Michael and sets to work bandaging him:: Is anyone else hurt?
Maeve Owens: MV: Except we have to find the person who has *her* powers in order to do it and with our luck they aren't going to want to give them up! ::glances over at George:: I dont think he's doing so well and there might be another one in the studio.
YarnKittymon: : ::George is still looking rather shaken, but his bleeding has mostly stopped of its own volition; he weakly murmurs:: Madeline...
YarnKittymon: : ::one of the guards goes into the studio; since the door's open, they can hear him talking in a low voice to someone inside who sounds rather upset::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::is getting a little paranoid about never getting her powers back which is bordering on panic right about now:: How are we going to find the person that can reverse the power issue?
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard who's bandaging Michael weakly says:: Put out a call on the radio, I guess.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::clenches and unclenches his hands:: I feel awfully useless without my healing powers
Maeve Owens: MV: ::turns and walks into the studio, glancing over at Madeline::
YarnKittymon: : ::Madeline is huddled on the floor, her knees drawn up to her chest, looking rather upset, but unhurt, speaking softly to the guard who's gently asking her what happened:: He'd brought in...wires; I don't quite understand...but Adam...::tears come to her eyes and she can hardly control herself::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks at the guard:: Does that mean that everyone in town's lost their powers? That you guys know about it, i mean
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard nods, looking rather upset:: We're guessing it might not just be the town, either.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::looks around for Adam::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::suddenly his eyes widen, and without a word he gets up and runs out of the studio, shoving past and/or jumping over anyone in his way::
Quantum Catz: JK: N here we thought the guy wouldn't be any trouble anymore
Maeve Owens: MV: ::mutters:: that is *not* good news.
YarnKittymon: : ::there's a man laying on the ground, inside the studio, in the near corner; his whole top half covered in blood; it's hard to tell if it's Adam or not, from the damage done to his head, but the hair color's the same::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::glances over at Madeline, and as nicely as she can in light of the womans condition:: Did you develope any new powers?
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard nods again:: How the devil did he use a gun?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::arrives at Becky's house and quickly raps on the door:: Becky! Are you in there? Are you OK?
Quantum Catz: : ::there's no response from Becky's house::
YarnKittymon: TY: Becky! ::tries the door::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::catches site of what could only be Adam and she shivers, looking back at Madeline with sympathy:: Is he... I guess he is... but if its not too late and we can get this power thing reversed maybe Isaac can help him...
YarnKittymon: : ::Madeline softly says:: I'm sure it's too late for him.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::sofly:: I'm sorry.
YarnKittymon: : ::very softly:: I told him...told him not to fight...it didn't matter...
Quantum Catz: : ::the door's locked::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::instinctively tries to melt the lock, and feels a little sick when he remembers he can't; leaves the front door and goes around the house, rapping on each window in turn:: Becky!
Maeve Owens: MV: ::sighs, and walks over to the radio mike, praying that it is working again::
Quantum Catz: : ::if he looks in the kitchen window, he might well see Becky sitting on the floor, one arm drawn up to the counter, her hand resting there, as if she's tried to pull herself up and suddenly stopped::
YarnKittymon: : ::there's no way to tell from looking at the microphone whether or not it's working, but none of the wires seem to be undone--though a quick glance might make it look like there's some loose, they're all just attached to other wires--and at the mixing board, the volume for the main microphone is low, but not off::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks through all the windows as well, and when he sees Becky, knocks harder:: Becky! Are you OK? Becky!
Quantum Catz: BM: ::her head moves slightly and a frown creases her forehead, but she doesn't get up or speak::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::tries to open the window from the outside, which isn't all that easy if it isn't locked, and rather impossible if it is::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::sits down and attempts to send out a message targeting the person who might have ended up with Tasha's power and hoping they'll come forward.::
Quantum Catz: : ::the window isn't locked::
YarnKittymon: : ::Tasha comes to the doorway, glancing fearfully down the hallway before coming into the studio; softly:: It won't work.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::sighs in frustration:: Why not?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::gets the window open in the end and climbs in with a lot more difficulty than he's used to, not being able to get an unnatural hold on the frame:: Becky?
YarnKittymon: : ::Tasha looks down:: My brother had the same power. They made us...use them at once.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::still doesn't speak or even turn her head to look straight at him::
Maeve Owens: MV: So then how do you reverse it??
YarnKittymon: TY: ::goes over to Becky, putting a hand over her raised hand but not daring to touch it; kneels next to her; softly:: We'll figure out how to get our powers back, OK?
YarnKittymon: : ::Tasha murmurs softly:: Hope that there's two other people on this island who would have our powers if they were freaks. If not, there's nothing we can do.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::not focussing on him, as if she's not really seeing him:: Something....
YarnKittymon: TY: ::finally rests his hand on Becky's:: Something *what*?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::blinks when he touches her but takes a while to reply, as if her mind has slowed right down:: ...gone....
Maeve Owens: MV: But if the powers only transferred into people who werent freaks? is that going to make a huge difference!!!
YarnKittymon: TY: ::slowly, like he's talking to someone sick or slow-witted:: We lost our powers, Becky, but we'll get them back soon.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::listening from the doorway:: How the hell are we supposed to find someone over the whole island? This is insane
YarnKittymon: : ::Tasha looks up at Maeve:: They didn't transfer. They just shut off, like a light switch. The light bulb's still there, but it's not working.
Maeve Owens: MV: Then how did people who didnt have powers before have powers now?
YarnKittymon: : ::softly:: It's what's inside them. What they *would've* been, if they were born freaks. ::looks at Jack, and starts to cry:: I thought he was going to kill you...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::for a moment Becky looks annoyed, an expression that would normally follow by her snapping or shouting at Toby, but it fades as she struggles to cope:: I know....but....
Quantum Catz: JK: ::shrugs:: I thought i was a gonner there for a second too - lucky for me you'd pulled the light switch trick really
Maeve Owens: MV: ::drops her head into her hands:: oh this is so hopeless! ::feels like crying herself::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: But what?
Quantum Catz: BM: Lost...me...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::doesn't know what to say; quietly:: It'll be OK.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::leans forward and curls up, her head resting on his lap like a child::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::gently runs a hand over Becky's head, deeply grieved to see her this way, but even amidst that, taking the slightest bit of comfort in having her near him again::
YarnKittymon: : ::after a long pause, Madeline gets to her feet, still looking rather shaken, and she takes one of the guard's arms for support:: We'll...need to have a funeral for Adam...and I'm sure we'll be speaking with the government about security for the airwaves...especially if...::shudders, then walks towards the doorway without finishing her thought aloud::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her head pops up:: What about the airwaves?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::grips his trousers in her hand; upset:: Don't...leave...don't....
YarnKittymon: : ::Madeline looks at Maeve, rather shakily:: If we hadn't brought the radio to Marquis, none of this would have happened. I don't know if we'll be allowed to stay on the air.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::still touching Becky's hair like she's a child; softly:: I won't leave, Becky, I promise.
Maeve Owens: MV: Why again does the radio have anything to do with this?
YarnKittymon: : ::Madeline replies, softly:: Don't you understand? They took over both stations and broadcast the children's *powers* over the airwaves, simultaneously. If it worked according to plan, every person on the island's lost his powers.
Maeve Owens: MV: Whoa, they? whose they?
Quantum Catz: JK: So he was workin with someone...great
YarnKittymon: : ::Madeline nods:: A woman, is all I know, though I'm sure this girl's seen her...
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks at Tasha, frowning:: What does she look like?
YarnKittymon: : ::Tasha speaks softly:: Light-colored curly hair, and she dressed like a man.
Quantum Catz: JK: She ain't got a bunch of scars has she?
YarnKittymon: : ::the girl nods silently::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::curses, looking more than a little pissed off:: The lying bitch. Guns don't work here, my ass
Maeve Owens: MV: ::looks over at Jack, kind of bewildered:: You know her?
YarnKittymon: : ::Madeline instinctively covers Tasha's ears::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looking a bit evasive:: Yeah, i met her once in the bar
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard says:: But they *don't* work properly here. They tested after the wall was restored.
Quantum Catz: JK: They seem to work fine around that guy ::indicates Michael:: And i bet she bloody knew that too
Maeve Owens: MV: Then I guess we should be hunting her down then. Maybe on the way there we'll find someone who can reverse things.
JK: By the time it'll take us to get there, she'll have bound to have scarpered elsehere like he was planning to do
YarnKittymon: : ::Tasha murmurs:: She probably killed my brother already, too.
Maeve Owens: MV: Thats where the hunting would come in at... what else are we going to do? Just sit here and wait for the switch to be flipped once again! I cant...wont... do that. ::glances to Tasha:: Maybe she didnt, you cant give up hope that quickly.
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard looks at Madeline for a moment, then back at the others:: You should just get back home and wait. We've already sent out folks to Gate Town; we'll figure out how to track her down and get everything back to normal.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she doesnt say anything, having no intention of listening to him::
YarnKittymon: : ::they hear a soft voice coming from a radio at the corner of the studio, explaining in no uncertain terms what just happened on the other side of the island::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she goes over to the radio and tries to ask the person if they know what happened to the woman that was repsonsable and the young boy she had with her::
YarnKittymon: : ::Madeline softly speaks:: You need to broadcast if you want them to hear you--they're sending out the news to the whole island. We should...be on the air in an hour; tell them that.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::does what Madeline says::
YarnKittymon: : ::it's a little while before the announcer on the other side answers Maeve's question:: In response to Marquis, the woman fled with her hostage and escaped into the forest, leaving the boy behind. The child won't speak to us but he appears to be unharmed.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::turns back to Tasha, smiling soflty:: Did you hear that? Good news huh? YarnKittymon: : ::the girl nods mutely::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::soflty:: It'll be okay. ::pats her shoulder then turns towards Jack:: So Jack, I guess we should be heading home.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks at Maeve as if he can't quite believe what he's hearing for a moment, and then, glancing at the guard:: Uh, yeah, i'd better check Libby's alright 'n' that...
Maeve Owens: MV: Yep. ::heads towards the exit::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::heads off too::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::follows behind, quite simply because the knowledge that he can't do anything for the suffering here is rather upsetting him::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::just about tackles Jack when he's a couple blocks from the radio station, holding him tightly, and breathing a little unsteadily::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looking a bit surprised even as he puts his arms around her:: Hey...you okay?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::is surprised at Libby's sudden appearance since she practically came out of nowhere::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::still hugging Jack:: I didn't think I'd...*miss* being a freak...Jack, I was afraid you'd been shot, with all that gunfire!
Quantum Catz: JK: ::suddenly smirks:: Well i kinda was...this whole thing came in handy
YarnKittymon: LB: ::finally lets go of Jack; softly:: What?
Quantum Catz: JK: Well a shield thing sorta came up n stopped the bullets
Maeve Owens: MV: ::leaves them to their happy reunion, and walks off towards the forest, which seems to be where she goes everytime something goes wrong. She's kind of in a hurry to get this whole mess cleared up even if the woman doesnt hold the answers she needs to reverse what happened::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::hugs Jack again:: So you're a freak too?
Quantum Catz: JK: I guess i am fer now
Quantum Catz: IS: ::runs to catch up with Maeve:: You shouldn't go on your own - we should wait for Jack
YarnKittymon: LB: ::softly:: You should keep it, if you can. I wouldn't...wouldn't worry half so much...::smirking weakly::...and think of what you could bring in if it shielded you from the Gate?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::shrugs:: Hey, if I can do this on my own then it means I dont need my power right? ::smiles weakly::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::raises an eyebrow, chuckling:: Now that would be useful
Quantum Catz: IS: Yeah, but you don't want to get hurt, especially not when Toby or i can't heal you
YarnKittymon: LB: ::turns to look the way Maeve went off, frowning:: What are we going to do?
Maeve Owens: MV: I wont be. You dont have to go if you dont want to. Right now, I'm just going to make sure that woman gets what is coming to her.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::turns and frowns at Maeve rushing off:: There's this woman helped cause this...doubt she can help fix it...but i wouldn't mind givin her a piece've my mind
Quantum Catz: IS: No...i'd rather be there...if my power came back and you were hurt somewhere i'd never forgive myself
YarnKittymon: LB: ::looks rather torn:: I can't just let you two go out on your own. Heaven knows what kind of trouble you'd get into.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::quietly:: And if you get hurt? Then that wont do anyone any good.
Quantum Catz: JK: Well i'm a bit more level-headed 'n Maeve...kinda wish Toby'd stuck around for the extra strength though
YarnKittymon: LB: ::eyes widen; softly:: Becky...what if she's...
Quantum Catz: IS: ::shrugs, looking down:: I know Toby or Becky could look after Dolly, Eli and Josh if something happened...and Josh'd never forgive me if i let you go off on your own ::blushes slightly::
Quantum Catz: JK: She'll be just like the rest of you, won't she? Was wondering what'd made him run off in such a panic like that
YarnKittymon: LB: ::shakes her head quickly:: You don't understand. For...goodness knows how many years of her life--she was *just* her powers--before Toby made a body for her. She was always worried she'd fade away, and now...without her powers...she might just be a...::her voice breaks::...a body...Jack, I have to check...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smiles, shaking her head::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::glances towards Maeve and Isaac, looking torn:: You want me to go with you - i can catch up with them later if you want...
YarnKittymon: LB: ::gives Jack a brief kiss:: It's OK--but promise you'll be careful.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::smirks: I'm always careful and besides - i've got n extra shield these days - i'll be fine ::kisses her forehead:: I promise
YarnKittymon: LB: ::smiles at Jack for just a moment before running to Becky's house::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::jogs to catch up with Maeve and Isaac; muttering half to himself as he reaches them:: God, people's pasts can be awfully complicated around here
Quantum Catz: BM: ::hasn't moved from where she was, although her eyes have closed::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::glances at him from the corner of her eye:: huh?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::tries the same routes to get in as Toby did, with the same success, and when she finally reaches the kitchen window, doesn't seem too inclined to climb, so just asks:: Is she all right? And can't you answer the door?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::shakes his head:: Becky...Libby seemed awfully worried about her...and i reckon Toby ran off to checkon her earlier
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks up at Libby, then back down at Becky:: She's asleep or unconscious, I guess. I...she'll be all right once she gets her powers back, I'm sure.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her breath catches and she lets out a long sigh:: I didn't even stop to think... oh great. ::picks up her pace:: Come on guys we've got no time to lose.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::twitches slightly at the sound of Libby's voice, frowning in conentration::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks a bit confused:: Is Becky okay?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::through the window, louder:: Becky, it's me. Can you hear me? Don't get up; it's OK.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::as she walks she keeps trying to get her powers to switch back on, even though she knows it wont work, and its only makes her even more frustrated:: I hate not being able to get my powers to work! ::looks miserable:: And I don't know if she's okay. I hope so, but who knows. Toby gave her a body so she's suppose to be more than just her powes now but who knows. Nothing is ever that simple.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::doesn't move, although her eyes open, still looking into the middle distance and she murmurs Libby's name::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::looks rather frustrated:: Toby, go open the door.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::just shakes his head:: I promised I wouldn't leave her.
YarnKittymon: LB: ::rolls her eyes, looking rather annoyed:: Becky, I'm here. Tell Toby to let me in.
Quantum Catz: JK: We'll fix it, i'm sure - i ain't letting some idiot get away with messin with people like this
Quantum Catz: BM: ::instinctively tightens her grip on Toby's leg, most likely hurting him a bit::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::frustrated, she bites her lip to keep from saying certain things about a future she keeps trying to tell herself isn't going to happen anymore::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::cringes, though he doesn't move from his position::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::sighs, rather frustrated, then manages to haul herself up and go through the window face-first, in a rather undignified manner; she hits the ground pretty hard, but at least Toby keeps a straight face::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::winces at the sound::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::gets to her feet and sits down next to Becky, taking the young woman's hand; softly:: Are you all right?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::after a long hesitation:: Gone...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::wraps her arms tighter around herself as they get closer to the forest:: So Jack, any idea on where this woman might hide out at?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::quickly:: You're not *gone,* Becky. You're here with us and we both care about you very much.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::struggles to process and word what she wants to say:: Part...gone...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::weakly:: The stuff you knew before you had a body, right?
Quantum Catz: JK: If we head for the other radio station i might know some people we could ask...
Maeve Owens: MV: Okay.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::raises a hand and taps her forehead a couple of times, a bit aggresively:: More... ::stops; repeats weakly:: Me...
YarnKittymon: LB: ::softly:: It's all right, Becky. We're going to get you back, I promise that. And we *love* you, whatever's left.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::lowers her hand back to clutch Toby; not saying anything but frowning in concentration again::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::softly:: We'll be with you the whole time, Becky, and Daniel too, I promise.
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