~Wednesday, August 17, 1932~

YarnKittymon: : ::the guards left fairly early on Tuesday (a few days later than scheduled, due to some bureaucracy) to go after the Shuhuh--Toby went along, in order to make sure they didn't stumble across the living cats, who were safely hidden far from the land Toby planted the bodies. The guards all come back on Wednesday, about 1 PM, looking rather pleased with themselves, though a couple look upset. Toby's not among them::
YarnKittymon: : ::it's at least an hour later before a straggling guard comes hurrying into Marquis, looking around frantically for someone who knows Toby, and comes across Maeve and grabs her, looking rather frightened; he can't even form a full sentence::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::is pretty frightened herself when he grabs her and her first repsonse is to pull away:: What?
YarnKittymon: : ::looking back at Maeve, scared:: Toby...out there...ghost...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she squints at him and then it finally dawns on her and she groans:: Donald. Great. Is Toby okay? He's not trying to fight something he cant touch is he?
YarnKittymon: : ::just nods:: I think he hurt Toby...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::looks confused:: What? How? Are you *sure*?
YarnKittymon: : ::nods again:: I don't know; he wasn't bleeding, but he...he cried out and fell to the ground...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::now she's worried:: Where is he? ::pauses, then quickly adds:: I should go get Becky...
YarnKittymon: : ::nods, then pauses, and shakes his head:: I'll get her. You go on ahead. ::points:: He's out that way, not an eighth of a mile.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods, taking off in the direction he points:: Thanks.
YarnKittymon: ((Oh, and I never mentioned that Dear Abby said a wristwatch is a traditional engagement gift for a man, so Libby's Christmas present to Jack last "year" was actually a hint ;) ))
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard runs off to find Becky, never mind he's not even sure if she's at work or not; he goes towards her house anyway::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::stops abruptly, turns around and heads back towards Isaac since the guard said Toby may be hurt and once she's filled him in she takes off again::
YarnKittymon: : ::they find Toby alone, on his hands and knees on the forest floor, just sobbing::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::hesitantly approaches him:: Toby?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::moves forward, reaching out to touch Toby:: What happened? Do you need healed?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks up at them, tears rolling down his face; shakes his head, though he's hard to understand:: I'm fine...::turns away from them again::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::softly:: Becky's on her way. Are you sure you're okay? What happened?
Quantum Catz: IS: Maeve said the guard told her something about a ghost...did you run into Mr Quinn?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks up again, wiping his eyes with his arm--he was forced to wear the ugly khaki uniform of a guard, and he looks rather silly in it:: Yeah...
Maeve Owens: MV: What did he do now?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::shakes his head; quietly:: I think I killed him. I tried...tried to...you know, destroy him, maybe make his form into nothing...and then he just faded away....
Quantum Catz: BM: ::suddenly appears beside them::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::looks relieved Becky is here and she steps back, giving her a worried look::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks over at Isaac and Maeve and then turns to Toby:: What happened? Are you okay? ::moves forward to kneel in front of him::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks up at Becky, and then hugs her, hard, still crying::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::hugs him back, looking over at Maeve, rather confused::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::with concern:: All I know is he saw Donald's ghost and he thinks he killed him again,
Quantum Catz: BM: ::tries to pull away from Toby to look into his face:: how can you kill a ghost?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks at Becky; softly:: The same way...::shakes his head::...like changing his form...like the opposite of making you a body...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::stands back giving them room but not wanting to leave until she knows Toby's okay::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::glances over at Maeve, not really sure what to say:: Can you do that?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::looks uncertain herself and is afraid to say what she's thinking::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: I don't know...::rests his head on Becky's shoulder, and starts to cry again::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::keeps her arms tightly around him:: Well...it might not have actually been his ghost anyway...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: Then what was it?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she fidgets, starting to feel pretty useless again::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks back at Maeve, almost as if he's asking her forgiveness::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::looks a little confused at his look and she shakes her head:: It wasn't his ghost Toby, just a projection of our memories. Theres this gyspsie woman who has that power... we met her in New York once.
Quantum Catz: BM: Just before i met you actually.... ::hesitates:: Though we don't know for sure it was her...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: Oh....::pulls back from Becky; softly:: But you think it...it wasn't him?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::reaches out to touch his face:: Probably not...but then i don't really believe Donald could be a ghost anyway. Josh said he asked a gypsy to summon him...and the woman sounded like the one we met that time...he probably just faded away
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods once, holding Becky closer, softly:: I promised Lisa's husband I'd get revenge on the cat that killed her...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she remembers seeing the woman and she grimaces. She glances over at Isaac::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::winces:: Revenge doesn't solve anything...she'd still be gone
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks pale for a moment, remembering those minutes trying to save her::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::this time she reaches for his hand, and forces a small smile::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::puts his hand on Becky's back; softly:: And then the kittens...::softly::...I still see their bodies...and someday...someday you and me are gonna be...no different...::closes his eyes, holding Becky tight::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::grimaces again, not wanting to think about losing anyone::
Quantum Catz: BM: That's a long way off yet...for all of us ::glances at Maeve, then turns to Toby, running a hand through his hair; she rests her head on his:: Maybe we shouldn't have asked you to do that...we should've found another way
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she simply nods::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::puts his lips against Becky's neck for a moment, then, softly:: Are you sure?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she turns a way a little, feeling like she's imposing on a private moment::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::winces, looking again at Maeve, a guilty expression on her face which Isaac no doubt notices; softly:: No one can be sure, Toby...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: I'm sorry...I didn't mean to...to cry like a kid or anything...but I'd never had to...to fix a body before...a *body*...
Quantum Catz: BM: Well...you made me...
YarnKittymon: TY: But I had some hope that'd do some good...do something besides make you look nicer when you're gonna be eaten by worms anyway...
Quantum Catz: BM: A body's just...a body...the ones you made didn't ever belong to anyone...and they might've helped save the Shuhuh...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::runs a hand over Becky's hair; softly:: But Lisa...she looked...worse than anything I'd ever seen...and when I made the kittens I just...thought of Daniel...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::winces:: I'm sorry, Toby...you shouldn't have had to do this...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::forms a Kleenex and wipes his eyes; still a little shakily:: If it saved them...it was worth it. ::slowly gets to his feet:: Let's get home, so I can at least change out of this uniform.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::stands up as well, reaching out to touch his back and trying to smile reassuringly, though she's still worried about him::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::puts his arm around Becky, a bit reassured to feel her warmth; looks back at Isaac and Maeve, rather embarrassed:: I appreciate you coming out...but you didn't have to; I'm fine.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smiles weakly;: Glad you're all right then. I just wanted to make sure...
Quantum Catz: IS: Hey, we're your friends - we had to check
YarnKittymon: TY: ::wipes his eyes again; his face and eyes are rather puffy, and he pulls Becky closer, not speaking::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::decides this is a good time to leave and offers them both a friendly smile before turning to go::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::after a bit, softly:: Think we can go see Daniel for a bit?
Quantum Catz: BM: If you want - he was at home when i left him - you want to teleport?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks into Becky's eyes, with an expression like he's holding something back, but he just nods::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::smiles wekly at them both:: Guess we'll see you two later. Bye, Toby ::follows Maeve, though he looks worried about Toby as well::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::frowns slightly at Toby for a moment and then says softly:: Bye guys ::teleports away::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::looks up at Becky and Toby as they appear in Becky's living room; he'd been sleeping, but he hears them; mrrs:: Is Toby back now? He smells like smoke.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::softly to Maeve:: You think he's going to be okay?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::quietly:: I hope so. He's got Becky though, and if anyone can get him through it she can.
Quantum Catz: BM: Smoke...?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::smiles weakly:: Good thing they're together again really, then...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::very quietly, though Daniel can hear too:: Since they thought they were diseased, we burned them...
Maeve Owens: MV: Yeah.
YarnKittymon: DN: ::mrrs, looking at Becky, his ears back::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::kisses his cheek softly and then rests her head on his shoulder:: It was...better than finding the real Shuhuh though...wasn't it...?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::puts his arms around Becky; softly:: Yeah...I'll get over it...::softly, as though he's hardly aware of Daniel's presence:: I love you so much, Becky. I never could've done any of it if it weren't for you.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles weakly:: I wasn't even there...almost wish i was now though...
YarnKittymon: TY: But knowing I just had to get through it and you'd be back here...::laughing nervously::...though I guess I didn't do a very good job on getting through it, did I?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::pulls back to look at him:: Hey, it's okay...i love you too and i'm still here...i'm not going anywhere - we'll get through it together
Maeve Owens: MV: ::quietly:: Is Josh any better? Or is he still taking it pretty hard?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::takes Becky's hand; softly:: I want...I want to stay together for good, Becky.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles at him:: Well, i told you, i'm not going anywhere...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::smiling weakly:: Is that a promise?
Quantum Catz: IS: Well he's been awfully moody but i guess it was better for him to know Donald wasn't perfect ::sighs:: There might've been better ways for him to find it out right enough
Quantum Catz: BM: Of course it is
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she winces, feeling a little guilty at that:: Thats true...
YarnKittymon: DN: ::mrrs softly, watching the two of them; sullenly:: Why don't you give her a ring then?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::turns to look at Daniel:: What?
YarnKittymon: DN: ::licks his paw, grumbling:: You're gonna get married someday, right?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::flushing slightly; doesn't reply::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::blushes slightly as well:: Well you don't sound too happy about it, Dan...and i told you... ::sighs::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::licks his paw again, not looking up; softly:: But I don't want you to be sad.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::glances at Toby and then says:: But i told you i wouldn't do anything unless you were happy with it too - i don't want you to be sad either
Quantum Catz: IS: ::softly:: It's not your fault...you couldn't have known Donald was going to say that...and i shouldn't have gotten so mad at you over it
YarnKittymon: DN: ::mrrs, shaking his head; softly:: I'll try to like him.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::smiles a bit at Daniel::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she shrugs; half joking just to lighten the mood some:: Its okay, maybe I needed to be yelled at.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles weakly:: I've been trying to get you to like him for years
YarnKittymon: DN: ::softly:: Why'd he help all the Shuhuh? Did you make him?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::smiles a bit more::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: Of course i didn't - it was his idea
YarnKittymon: DN: ::still looking at Becky:: Why? So you'd like him?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::smiles weakly:: Well i've never liked yelling
Quantum Catz: BM: I like him already1
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she smiles, then teasingly:: I dont know, you're kind of cute when you're annoyed.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks down at Daniel; softly:: Honestly...if it weren't for her I probably would've let them kill Natalie, after what she did to Lisa. But I didn't want the others to die.
YarnKittymon: DN: ::meows, still looking suspicious::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::laughs:: Well no-one's ever told me that before
Maeve Owens: MV: ::shrugs:: Well, just thought you should be informed. ::grins::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::softly; looking at Daniel:: Why don't you want to believe he's just a good person?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::laughs again:: I'll keep it in mind ::puts his arm around her, smiling::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::softly, though not sounding very convincing:: He just said he wanted to kill Thiwas's mom.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks down:: Well you know what she did to Lisa just as well as we do
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she smiles even more::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::rubs his head against Becky's leg, silently::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::reaches down to stroke his head, her other arm still holding Toby::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::sighs, pretty sure Daniel's just jealous of his very presence, though he figures he should be glad Daniel just lets him in the house; quietly:: I'm glad you're all right, Daniel. No one's been mean to you since Lisa died, have they?
YarnKittymon: DN: ::mrrs:: No, but they were all happy that the other cats were "dead."
Quantum Catz: BM: Well we know they're not...i guess that'll have to be enough..
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: I'll bet it was hard not to tell them they're still OK, wasn't it? I had half a mind to start a fight with a couple of the guards who were too happy to find the bodies.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::winces, looking down::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::growls softly::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::quietly:: I would've, I think...but I had a part to play, you know. ::gingerly touches the top of Daniel's head, petting him harder when the cat doesn't snap at him::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles slightly at Toby, still holding him and looking into his eyes to see if he still looks as upset as before::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::seems to have forgotten much of his worry while he's around Becky and Daniel, at least::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::noses Toby's leg; softly:: I guess when you two get married I won't be mad.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::softly:: You won't?
YarnKittymon: DN: No. Toby already practically lives here, doesn't he?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::hugs Becky a little closer, smiling a bit::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::chuckles weakly:: I guess so
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles at Toby::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks at Becky; softly, and looking a bit worried or nervous:: I guess it's awful sudden...we should probably take a few days...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::hesitates:: You're the one who's just been through so much...do you want some time?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::touches her face; softly:: I know how I feel...but I can't expect you to trust it since I was just crying half an hour ago.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::chuckles weakly:: Hey, i know how you feel too - that tree made sure of that
YarnKittymon: TY: ::laughs softly:: But...are you ready? Really?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::hesitates, glancing at Daniel again, and then looks back at Toby:: I love you...and i'm not going to love anyone else like i love you - what is marriage apart from saying that? I could've happily told the whole world that for the past four years
YarnKittymon: TY: ::smiles weakly, and then pulls back from Becky, forming a hat just to pull it off of his head and hold it over his chest; looking down at Daniel:: Mr. Daniel...I've come to ask for your Becky's hand in marriage, then.
YarnKittymon: DN: ::mrrs, looking a bit puzzled::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::chuckles::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::smiling; softly:: Can I ask her to marry me or not, Daniel? It's up to you, really.
YarnKittymon: DN: ::meows, then nods:: OK.
Quantum Catz: BM: Are you sure?
YarnKittymon: DN: ::his tail twitches once, but, softly:: You love him so much. I should learn to like him too, right?
Quantum Catz: BM: But i'll only do this if you're sure
YarnKittymon: DN: ::nods, keeping his tail still with a conscious effort:: I know. And I am.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::kneels down and hugs him:: I love you, Dan - you know i do, right?
YarnKittymon: DN: ::smiles, putting a heavy paw on her shoulder, and tickling her with his whiskers:: I love you too.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles and then turns her head to grin up at Toby::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::laughs slightly:: Are you gonna stand up so I can do this right?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::chuckles:: I guess i could ::pulls away from Daniel and stands up, facing Toby, smiling::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::kneels in front of Becky, gently taking her hand, a rather wide smile on his face, his still-puffy eyes focused only on her:: Becky, I've never *ever* met anyone who made me feel like you do...who's made me so happy just by walking into a room, or touching my hand. Someone so gentle and comforting and beautiful. And I thank whatever force is out there that I've been given a chance to be with you, and to appreciate you and treasure you and love you like I always should've. ::smiles a little wider:: Becky Mitchell...will you marry me? ::holds out a ring box he just crafted it, opening it; there's a white gold ring inside set with a rather large, square diamond::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::grins:: That power of yours comes in handy for a lot of things, doesn't it? ::looks at him lovingly:: It's beautiful and of course i will
YarnKittymon: TY: ::slips the ring onto her hand, and then softly kisses her hand; stands up, grinning like a schoolboy on the first day of vacation, and hugs her close, kissing her::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::laughs, kissing him back:: I can't believe this's happening
YarnKittymon: TY: ::laughs too:: We'd better wait a little while before you tell anyone...I'll bet the way I look now, everyone'll think I just cried until you finally said "yes" to shut me up.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::chuckles:: I don't think Isaac and Maeve'd believe it anyway
YarnKittymon: TY: ::::grins, and then kisses Becky again::


YarnKittymon: JH: ::comes over to Maeve's house that evening and knocks on her door--he's dressed in nice clothes like he'd wear to school, and he looks rather upset::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she opens the door and seeing his expression she immediately thinks, "oh god, not again". She forces a smiles and opens the door a little wider for him to come in, not wanting to give Mrs. Caradason yet another conversation to add to the gossip:: Hey Josh, how are you?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::comes in; softly, and sounding sad, not accusatory, not looking up at Maeve:: Do you think I'm stupid?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she frowns, quickly shaking her head:: Of course not! Where would you get an idea like that?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::still not looking up at Maeve; quietly:: Because I thought Mr. Quinn was a good person.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she sighs, closing the door quietly and motions towards the couch if he cares to sit:: He was, he just made some bad choices I guess. He saved you didn't he? That was something good.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::climbs up onto the couch, kind of hugging its arm; softly, looking at the wall:: Did you love him?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she thinks about the right answer for a while, then quietly:: I might have thought I did before certain events took place.... why?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks at the wall, not answering for a long time:: I thought he was sent to rescue me. That maybe he'd still look out for me, like Isaac does.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she comes over to sit down beside him, looking a bit worried; softly:: Perhaps he was. And maybe he still is.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::softly:: If he was really a bad person and he loved you...are you...have you done bad things too?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she cringes and glances away from him, staring across the room at the wall:: I guess so. Depending on how you look at certain things I suppose.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::quietly:: Like what? What did you do? What did Mr. Quinn do?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::bites her lip, and wondering if she should tell him. She doesn't answer him for a long time:: Well, Donald had some of us held hostage but he helped us escape in the end. I dont think he ever intended to hurt us.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks back at Maeve with wide eyes:: *Why*?
Maeve Owens: MV: He was sick you know? A bad heart. He wanted to live forever and he found someone who could help him do that. The catch was they needed a bunch of variants in order to have enough energy to get it to work.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::stares at Maeve for a little while; then, quietly:: No one gets to live forever though.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she shakes her head; sadly:: No, but I guess some people wish they could.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::cringes, and suddenly leans against Maeve's arm; softly:: So he was scared to die...and he died because of me...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she brings her arm around him:: It wasn't your fault. And I dont think he was that scared anymore.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::rather timidly:: Where...where do you think he is now?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::trying to sounds as sure of her answer as she can; softly:: In Heaven I'm sure.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks up at Maeve:: Even though he kidnapped you?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods:: Yes. He saved you at least.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::wipes his eyes, though he wasn't quite crying:: I don't know how I'm supposed to feel about him.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smirks:: Welcome to my world. ::she winces, not sure she should have let that slip; quietly:: Donald wasn't evil Josh, he just made some wrong choices that hurt a few people.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks up at Maeve; quietly:: But you're not really evil, right? Isaac wouldn't like you if you were.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::tries to keep from smiling at that:: Well, gee, I hope not. And no, I dont suppose he would if he thought I was.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::softly:: But you said you did bad things. Does he know about them?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods:: Yep.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::a little surprised:: Really?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods again:: Although I've never held anyone hostage nor have I outright killed someone for no reason or anything. Just so we get that straight. ::smiles weakly::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::eyes widen:: Who did Mr. Quinn kill?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::shakes her head quickly:: No, no he hasn't killed anyone.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::sighs:: Oh. ::smiles at Maeve:: I'm glad Isaac likes you.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smiles:: Me too.


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