YarnKittymon: : ::they make it to another house
late that night, with a dead-tired horse; this place looks more
like a proper lodging than the last flop-house, though still nothing
spectacular--it has several rooms, though, and is well-painted, with a nicely-kept garden out front and a beautiful,
though not particularly ornate entryway::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks at the horse:: We might have to stop here for the night...doubt the horse could go much further
Maeve Owens: MV: ::nods::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::heads for the door::
YarnKittymon: : ::a not-unattractive woman, her face done up with quite a bit of make-up, comes out to meet them near the door, her face lighting up when she sees who's there:: Jack? Why're you comin' to see us so late tonight?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::smiles:: I'm lookin' for someone, although me n my mates could probably do with beds for the night if y'can spare 'em
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman nods, grinning:: I see one of you brought company, but I could arrange another to help her out if you like.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::blushes::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::is about to jump across the counter at the woman; astonished:: what is with you people! do I look like I'm in that type of business to *you*?
YarnKittymon: : ::without shying back in the least:: I didn't mention anything about you being *paid*, sugar.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::bitterly:: Then why would I need to be *helped* out. ::she glances around, looking very annoyed::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::chuckles:: We're all just here to catch up on some sleep, Sara - there ain't been another woman here in the past day, has there?
YarnKittymon: : ::nods, though she says:: You know I can't disclose that information, Jack, any more than I'd tell the coppers you were staying here if they came knockin'.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::sighs:: Yeah, i know - c'n you tell me if she's left at least?
YarnKittymon: : ::sighs:: What are you lookin' for her for, anyway?
Quantum Catz: JK: She was the one held up the radio station - might be able to help get people's powers back...
YarnKittymon: : ::sighs again; softly:: Ain't my business, Jack. I'm sorry. ::after a pause, more quietly:: But I'll send a girl to your room, all right?
Maeve Owens: MV: He already has one back home! And you could at least make an exception and tell us where she is due to the present circumstances!
Quantum Catz: JK: ::rub his forehead, feling tired:: There're rules, Maeve - if she breaks them for this woman, she could just as easily break 'em for me
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman fetches a key and hands it to Jack:: I'll need the gold first, of course.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::sighs::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::gets out the gold and hands it to her:: Cheers anyway, Sara
YarnKittymon: : ::nods, keeping her hand on Jack's for a moment as she takes the gold:: Good luck, Jack.
YarnKittymon: : ::the room's cramped but clean, with just two beds, one dresser, and no private bathroom--it's one of about 20 in the house, which is bigger inside than it seems from the outside::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::moves over and lies back on one of the beds::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::stands there for a few moments looking unsure of the situation and wishing she had thought to bring some extra money with her::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::mutters, his eye closed:: If you two are gonna get all shy n polite ov'r the beds 'n' i'll take the floor
Maeve Owens: MV: ::rolls her eyes and plops down on the farthest one; mutters:: I'm not at all shy. ::she does leave enough room for isaac, rather it be unintentional or not, if he chooses to join her::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::hesitates:: You don't mind?
Maeve Owens: MV: Nope.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::smiles weakly, although he's blushing a bit, and moves to lie down on the other half of the bed::
YarnKittymon: : ::there's a soft tap on the door::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::groans:: I hope Sara didn't really send a girl up fer me
Maeve Owens: MV: ::props herself up on one elbow, looking over at the door:: If she did I'm gonna knock her teeth to the floor.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::groans and then says:: Come in ::too tired to bother getting up again::
YarnKittymon: : ::the doors are set to lock automatically, so there's the noise of a key turning in the lock before the door opens; it is a girl, pretty young and very peaked-looking, wearing a dress as short as a flapper's, though more form-fitting; she comes in and closes the door behind her, looking at Jack rather nervously::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::rolls her eyes heavenward:: Unless you have the power to give the variants back their power you can go right back out that door.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::sighs:: Yeah, go back to bed, girl - i'm just here to sleep
YarnKittymon: : ::takes a step back, and then whispers in a voice far too hoarse for someone so young, looking at the wood floor beneath her feet:: I entertained a lady and a gentleman last night.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::sits up, suddenly smiling:: Are they still here or did they leave?
YarnKittymon: : ::looks up at Jack, rather pale:: Here for the night, at least, if he likes Manda as well as me.
Quantum Catz: JK: Is the woman with him? Where are they?
YarnKittymon: : ::puts her hand on her chest; very softly:: Room 8. They're together. Might kill Manda. ::coughs::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::gets up, gruffly:: He wont get the chance.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks at the girl, standing up as well:: Are you okay?
YarnKittymon: : ::smiles weakly at Isaac; whispers:: I won't be if anyone finds out.
Quantum Catz: JK: Blame it on me and my stubborn ways if you want ::heads for the door::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::gives the girl a sympathetic look and moves past to follow Jack::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::glances at Maeve:: What d'you reckon? Bang on the door or just break in?
Maeve Owens: MV: Break in, it has the element of surprise. ::grins, but it quickly fades to a frown:: Then again we dont know what we might be busting in on.
Quantum Catz: JK: True - but if we can KO the guy before he can strangle us that might be usful
Maeve Owens: MV: True also. Lets break in then.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::reaches the door for room 8 and decides to try and just simply ue brute strength, slamming straight into the door with his shoulder, although surprisingly it does't hurt him, because the shield appears again, against his skin, in a flickering pale light::
YarnKittymon: : ::the door flies open on the scene of a woman several years older than the girl who came to visit with her hands on the buttons of her half-unbuttoned blouse, a blonde woman with quite a few scars dressed in a suit, though her hat is resting on the table, and, on one of the beds, a rather attractive man with jet black hair, missing only his shirt, suit jacket, and shoes, but still wearing his undershirt. Everyone looks outright shocked at the people busting in on them, but both the crooks recognize Jack--one from past exploits, the other from her proposition--and the man's eyes light on Maeve in surprise as well::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her eyes surveyed the room and when they land on Harry they widen in shock, a look of horror passing over her features. She ducks her head, stepping behind Jack and prays that his surprised look wasn't from recognition::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks at the man:: Well, well, Harry - movin' up in the world these days if you helped this broad with her radio takeover
YarnKittymon: HR: ::grimaces:: Why would I do *that*?
YarnKittymon: PY: ::the woman sounds equally offended:: As though I'd have asked for *his* help?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her mouth drops open and she stares at the back of Jack's head::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks at the woman:: Well i ain't got the highest opinion of you right now anyway, lady. I didn't think you'd've hated bein a freak that much
YarnKittymon: PY: ::looks coldly at the girl in the corner, who's buttoned her blouse:: Get out of here, Manda; this ain't your business.
YarnKittymon: : ::the girl quickly obliges::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::nothing about this situation sits with her too well so she attempts to back out of the room unnoticed, using the girl as cover::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::sees this; smiling:: Come on back, Maeve; I'm sure we can find lots to talk about.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she freezes in place, her face turning up into a grimace and she groans. She turns around to face him; icily:: No, I'd rather not. ::chances a sidewards glance to Isaac::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks back at Maeve:: You know this waster?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::is standing behind Maeve, not particularly sure what to do::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::grimaces again:: I guess you could call him an *acquaintence*. ::glares at Harry, hoping her look will silence him::
YarnKittymon: PY: ::smoothly gets to her feet, pulling her hat off the table and setting it on her hair, looking sharply at Jack:: We have no need to talk, and I'll thank you to get out of our room.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::mutters:: Gladly. ::attempts to pull Isaac and Jack out of the room, anxious to get away::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::shakes Maeve off:: What are you doing?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::smirks:: Come on, Maeve; I'll buy you a pint, we can catch up, get even, you know.
Maeve Owens: MV: No, I dont know.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::shifts uncomfortably::
Quantum Catz: JK: Leave the girl alone Harry - whether you know her or not, she ain't in your league
YarnKittymon: HR: ::smirks:: Look, I won't even charge any interest, won't even charge for the jail time, but she still owes me $50.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smirks back at him:: So how was jail Harry? Make any friends?
Quantum Catz: JK; ::finally looks at Maeve, a vaguely bemused smile on his face:: What have you been gettin up to in yer spare time, girl?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::sits up and turns his back to the doorway, slipping back into his neatly-ironed shirt::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::shrugs, looking uncomfortable again::
YarnKittymon: PY: ::looks coldly at Jack, Maeve, and Isaac:: Why don't the three of you go back to your own room? Some of us are trying to sleep.
Maeve Owens: MV: Hmph, didn't look like much sleeping was getting done in here to me.
Quantum Catz: JK: If you could only give Maeve and Isaac back their powers i might well consider buggering off, but since you can't...and since it's your fault a guy in Marquis is dead, i really don't wanna leave right now
YarnKittymon: PY: ::raises her eyebrows at Jack:: So you don't mind losing *your* power?
Quantum Catz: JK: I think the real freaks are a bit more upset about being without them than i would be
YarnKittymon: PY: What *could* you do, Jack? Before me and the old man took it away, I mean?
Maeve Owens: MV: So, *old guy*, what are you getting out of shacking up with the likes of her anyway?
Quantum Catz: JK: What i can and can't do ain't none of your business, lady
YarnKittymon: HR: ::laughs:: She wasn't talking about me, and I really don't have much of a choice in the matter. She's not dear to me--actually, I don't like her at all--but I can't stand to see her hurt.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::amused:: You dont like her but you can't stand to see her hurt? Okay, I give, what does she have that you so desperately want.
YarnKittymon: PY: Ain't none of your business, lady.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::coldly:: You took my powers away so yes, I think it is my business.
YarnKittymon: HR: The moment we get things back to normal, I'm dropping her like a hot potato, Maeve. ::grins:: And not just because I'm taken by your charms.
Quantum Catz: JK: Why try to get things back to normal when she's the idiot that helped cause it in the first place?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::glares at Harry:: Like it would matter to me if you were one way or another.
YarnKittymon: HR: ::shrugs:: I think we all want the same thing, you know.
Quantum Catz: JK; ::frowns at Penny:: Then why the hell did you do this in the first damn place?
YarnKittymon: PY: ::scowls at Jack:: I *thought* I could use that little brat to give my powers back when we'd finished! That I'd be the only freak on the island!
Maeve Owens: MV: ::laughs:: Gee, I guess that really backfired on ya. So what power has the two of you stuck together?
YarnKittymon: HR: I'd just as soon not tell a *thief,* Maeve.
Quantum Catz: JK: Hey, mate, that's what *you* bloody are
YarnKittymon: PY: ::smirks:: Well, if you hit me like you've been eyeing me to, I guess you'll find out.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::looks like she wishes the floor would just swallow her up already; sarcastically:: Oh, and your such a fine upstanding gentlemen! Jail obviously did not have a positive effect on you. ::just gives the woman a confused look:
YarnKittymon: HR: Look, let's stop this fighting. You three go back, get some sleep, and we'll talk in the morning. What do you say?
Maeve Owens: MV: Ha! And trust that you wont just disappear? How about no?
YarnKittymon: HR: *We* would disappear? We're not the ones who owe anything.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::angrily:: You took my powers away! Besides, you stole that money! It went towards a good cause!
YarnKittymon: HR: I didn't steal your powers, Maeve! I met this broad *after* all this happened. Too soon after, turns out. ::shrugs::
Maeve Owens: MV: Well, your hanging out with the *broad* who did and probably did *something* to help her. Which I'm curious to know why.
YarnKittymon: HR: I told you, it's not your business!
YarnKittymon: PY: The fool's linked to me. If I get hurt, he gets half of it. Now can we just go to bed?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::folds her arms across her chest:: Awe, no wonder he has to look out for you. ::shakes her head:: You must really hate taking orders from a woman Harry. ::smirks::
YarnKittymon: HR: I lived with *you* for a year, didn't I?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::can't help but smirk:: You lived with this guy - you must've been down on yer luck
Maeve Owens: MV: ::for a second she looks utterly stunned that he actually mentioned it, the feeling slowly turns to anger and she grits her teeth:: Are you trying to ruin my life or something? ::she looks at Jack; quietly:: yeah you could say
Maeve Owens: that. ::her eyes dart over to Isaac and she bites her lip::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks at bit shocked to hear Harry's words but he doesn't say anything, instead just looking down::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::looks between Maeve and Isaac, frowning:: I'm not trying to ruin your life, Maeve. I just want my money back, all right? And if I can get free of this witch here, the more the better.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::bitterly:: Sorry Harry, dont have that kind of money on me at the moment. You've survived this long without it, deal with it.
YarnKittymon: PY: Well, good. Now that that's all worked out, why don't you leave us alone?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::softly:: We just want our powers back - if you're trying to do tht too then maybe we could work together
YarnKittymon: PY: Are you *serious,* kid?
Maeve Owens: MV: Are you insane! They'll double cross us the first chance they get!
Quantum Catz: IS: How can they if they want what we want?
YarnKittymon: HR: I'll give you my word if you like.
YarnKittymon: PY: ::says nothing::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::turns to look at Isaac, kind of surprised to hear him speak then equally surprised to hear Harry's words:: Trust a *thief*? Somehow that doesnt seem so smart.
Quantum Catz: IS: But he said you were a theif too, once...and what's Jack? He's not eaxtly the most law-abiding guy on the island
Quantum Catz: JK: ::smirles slightly:: Well he's got a point there
YarnKittymon: HR: ::flashes a grin at Maeve:: You get this freak power of mine taken away, we'll call the debt even. What do you say?
Maeve Owens: MV: Even? Not even close! This gets back to everyone at home and I'll most likely be... ::takes a deep breath:: Never mind. Sure. Even. ::looks away::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks at Penny:: He might be right - i'd rather be with these guys than leave them to their own devices
YarnKittymon: PY: ::smiles:: Sure, if you like. But you know the trouble you'll get into if anyone sees you with me?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::wryly:: I can always just say i went and did the honest citizen thing and caught you
YarnKittymon: PY: ::frowns:: So why should *we* trust *you*?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::sharply:: Dry up, Penny.
Quantum Catz: JK: Cos see, i hae things called morals, and when i say i'll do something, you can trut my word
YarnKittymon: PY: ::turns away, still looking rather annoyed::
YarnKittymon: HR: Maeve? Please?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::looks at him, and the anger drains somewhat; sofly:: yeah.
YarnKittymon: PY: Fine. We'll set out in the morning. Now can we *please* get some shuteye?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::mutters:: I still dont see how we can trust you to stay put.
YarnKittymon: HR: ::grins at Maeve for a moment, then sobers considerably:: Um...one of your party can stay here to keep an eye on us.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she catches his grin and glares at him. She then fixes her eyes on Jack:: Think they need a babysitter?
YarnKittymon: PY: ::drily:: You *could* lock us in, if you hadn't busted the door down.
Maeve Owens: MV: Well. then perhaps we should throw you in our room.
Quantum Catz: JK: Don't worry - i'll stay with you guys - keep things simple
YarnKittymon: PY: Fine. ::takes her suit jacket off and then her belt, and lays down on the bed::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::softly, looking at Maeve:: Will the two of you be all right on your own? I know you're tough, but this place is, too.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::softly:: We'll be fine. ::ducks out of the room::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks at Jack for a moment:: Um, see you in the morning ::heads off back to their room::
Quantum Catz: JK:
::looks at Harry:: So how'd you hook up with a girl like Maeve?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::lays back against the wall, briefly considering sharing Penny's bed, and apparently deciding against it:: She was down on her luck, so I took her in and showed her how to get by.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::smirks slightly:: Nice of you - get anything good in return?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::shrugs:: Nothing worth a few years in prison, but 'til then, she was good company.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::settles down on the floor to sleep:: Get bored and decied to outwit you, did she?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::sits down in the only chair in the room, frowning:: Yeah, and she set me up good. I thought I'd be madder at her, but I guess she just got the better of me.
Quantum Catz: JK: Nothing like a pretty girl to stop you gettin mad over somthin
YarnKittymon: HR: ::very quietly:: Is she with the other fella, then? Think I got her in any trouble with him?
Quantum Catz: JK: Think they're just mates - think she's goin out with some other guy
YarnKittymon: HR: Ah well--it's not my problem, anyway, if I'm telling the truth.
Quantum Catz: JK: True - but it ain't exactly nice to go airing people's dirty laundry, mate - speically if you still like the girl
YarnKittymon: HR: ::shakes his head:: I don't, Jack; no worries about that. Or if I do, I'm sure not foolish enough to try to win her heart.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::smirks:: I'm sure you wouldn't manage anyway, so no worries there, mate
YarnKittymon: HR: ::laughs slightly:: No, any chance I had with her's long gone. Not sure which girl I'd rather be stuck to, really. ::glances at Penny, who's laying on top of the covers, her eyes closed:: No matter. What about you? Maeve too fiery for you?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::laughs:: To young fer me, mate - and i'm taken these days, gettin married soon
YarnKittymon: HR: ::looks rather surprised:: Really? Who's the lucky bird, or should I say jailbird?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::just shoots Harry wry glance at his joke and says:: Someone who could give old Maeve a run for her money in the stubborness stakes anyway
YarnKittymon: HR: ::whistles:: It's not too late if you haven't actually tied the knot, Jack. You'd best get out now.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::smirks:: But then i'd just be another lonely waster like you, Harry - i couldn't really imagine life without Libby, these days - guess i must be gettin' old
YarnKittymon: HR: ::looks rather perplexed, and laughs a little:: I guess it's up to you. Me, I'd rather choose from the buffet than be stuck with the same thing every day.
Quantum Catz: JK: Just wait, one day you'll be sayin' the same thing i am right now and you'll wonder what the hell happened to you
YarnKittymon: HR: ::laughs again:: All right, Jack, you could be right. Just wish I'd stumbled across her before I met Penny. I wouldn't mind feeling half the pain a girl felt if I liked her a little. But that's water under the bridge. ::yawns::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::smirking:: You never know, maybe she's the girl for you and you just don't know it yet ::turns to go to sleep::
YarnKittymon: HR: That's not funny at all, Jack. ::reaches for the table and puts the light out, then lays his head against the wall and closes his eyes::
Maeve Owens: MV:
::can barely bring herself to even look at Isaac, afraid to know
what he must be thinking about her. She curls up on one of the
beds and stares across the room::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::lays down on the bed that Jack was going to have; hesitates:: Are you okay?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::quietly:: I dont know. ::she sits up, looking over at him, trying to see if she cat tell what he is thinking; hesitantly:: I guess it depends. I figured if anyone ever found out about the things in my past I'd probably be outcasted.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::doesn't say anything for a moment and then, slowly:: When i was younger, and i wasn't so good at fishing...there were a lot of things i would've considered doing to stop things falling apart
Maeve Owens: MV: But did you actually go through with them?
Quantum Catz: IS: It...never got so bad that i had to but i know that i would have if it meant the difference between them starving or being fed ::hestitates:: Was that what it was like for you? I mean i know you didn't have the brothers and sister but...was it that hard for you?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she winces, her voice tight and small:: I had two sisters. I... lost.. just about everyone when I was 15. ::she looks down, absently tracing patterns in the bedspread::
Quantum Catz: IS: Are your sisters...still alive?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she shakes her head no:: The youngest one was sick, she died when I was 10. My twin... I found her but lost her again before coming out here. ::her head drops into her hands::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::sits up but hesitates at moving over to her:: I'm so sorry - i don't know what i'd do if i lost dolly or eli or josh...but i can imagine how heartbreaking it'd be...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods, wrapping her arms around herself and looking close to her breaking point:: I was alone Isaac. Harry was there offering help when no one else would. What was I suppose to do?
Quantum Catz: IS: I can understand...i...really can - i wish you hadn't had to go through that... ::looks down, sure that his words are entirely inadequate::
Maeve Owens: MV: Can you really? Because from past experience anytime someone found out they turned their backs on me pretty quick like.
Quantum Catz: IS: I don't think a lot of people really know what it's like to live at that point where you never know where your next meal's gonna come from - i went without a lot through the years to make sure the others were always okay
Maeve Owens: MV: ::nods again:: I guess we've both had a run of bad times. I'm sorry Isaac, but thanks for understanding. ::she wraps her arms tighter around herself, still looking a little lost and sad::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::hesitates and then says:: You know...if you need a hug...Josh says i'm pretty good at them ::smiles weakly and looks down::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her mouth turns up in a sad smile and she nods:: That would be nice.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::hesitates for a moment and then moves over to sit on the edge of the bed, putting his arms around Maeve just like he would his brothers or sister if they were upset::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she leans into it, sighing:: Josh is a smart kid.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::smiles slightly:: Glad i could help
Quantum Catz: IS: ::after a few moments, reaches up and strokes her hair in an almost tender way, probably not even realising he's doing it::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::is enjoying the feel of being held in his arms and when he starts to stroke her hair a foreign feeling rises up within her and she cocks her head upwards to look at him.
Maeve Owens: Theres a new look in her eyes, seeing him in a different way for the first time.:::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::has his eyes closed, a vague smile on his face - seeming to be being comforted by having her close::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she almost makes a move to kiss him but catches herself, thinking of Guy. The thought of him doesn't come close to what she's feeling now but she knows she cant do a thing about it until she makes a clean break from him. She settles more firmly against Isaac, returning the hug a little and decided to hold on for as long as he'll let her::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::after a while he stifles a yawn and rests his head against hers::
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