YarnKittymon: : ::they take a cart about a mile
away from Marquis bright and early at 6 AM; it takes less than
half an hour to get there, and then the actors and actresses are
put into their costumes and make-up. There's a Hollywood artist
for the name actors, but Maeve and
the other Marquis natives who were recruited are done up by the
beautician from Marquis, who's not used to the heavy stage make-up,
though she holds her own. Maeve winds up wearing a burgundy garment like something out of Robin Hood, very form-fitting;
she has heavy gold bracelets and anklets, and her long hair is
swept up beautifully. If she sees herself in the mirror, she might
be struck with how beautiful she looks::
YarnKittymon: : ::Miss Vivian December looks equally, and differently, ravishing, wearing a full princess gown, as though she's been stolen from a party, with just a couple smudges of dirt on the dress, and one on her face, to indicate she's had a rough time of it::
YarnKittymon: IC: ::is pacing the forest area that he'd marked off two days ago, trying to find the run-down fort he'd intended to use in the next "scene", and occasionally conversing with one of three men situated around the area, each with their arms held in unnatural positions; each has a gold ring about two inches in diameter floating somewhere in front of them, near their bodies::
YarnKittymon: : ::there's also a little girl there, from Becky's orphanage, actually, not dressed for any role, though she seems quite dazzled by all the "thieves" costumes, and the thief-leader, Shigeru, who's wearing quite a bit of gold...she divides most of her staring time between Miss December and Miss Owens, though::
YarnKittymon: IC: ::looks his two lead actresses over, smiling and nodding when he comes to Miss December:: You're perfect. ::looks at Maeve, his smile fading; quietly:: And I suppose you'll do. All right, everyone! Take your places! I want everything to go perfectly! ::points out where each of them should stand:: No time for rehearsals, so get it right!
Maeve Owens: MV: ::When he turns away from her she makes a face at him before taking her place. She takes a calming breath, confident that she was able to memorize the lines pretty well in the two hours she had to do so. She was pretty determined to be as prepared as she could be before Ichabod decided it was time to start.::
Quantum Catz: VI: ::moves to her place, she smiles slightly nervously when Ichabod speaks to her but when she takes her place, with everyone watching her, she looks completely calm and prepared::
YarnKittymon: IC: Remember, if you make a mistake, just go back a few lines and start again. ::picks up his script:: I'm here if you forget the lines, but don't.
YarnKittymon: SH: ::the king of the thieves picks up Vivian in his arms; he can't help but smile to have her so near, but he almost instantly changes his expression to the serious look of a thief::
YarnKittymon: ((The princess's father and wicked stepmother just had a baby a couple days ago, and there was much rejoicing over the newborn daughter. The princess was too naive to realize that the stepmother will want her own daughter to take the throne, instead of the princess. The thief king realizes this and kidnaps the princess, with the intention of using her to take over the kingdom. The princess just assumes it's for a ransom, and the thief king's girlfriend, the second-in-command of the thieves, disapproves of the plan for many reasons, and would ransom or even murder the princess to get rid of her. Chaos ensues, the princess eventually takes to being a thief, but she falls for a rather minor thief character, since she can't of course actually wind up with an "Oriental" thanks to the racism of movies at the time. Eventually the princess and Maeve's character get in a terrible fight but the thief king intervenes and is killed in the process. Struck with remorse, Maeve's character sneaks back to the castle and eventually finds evidence that the stepmother was cheating on the king, so their child isn't even a legitimate heir to
the throne. The princess goes back home once her stepmother is imprisoned and probably marries the thief she'd fallen in love with, and Maeve's character is the sad but triumphant leader of the thieves.))
YarnKittymon: ((Or something like that. I only had bare outlines in my head and didn't realize we'd need another thief man :P ^_^))
Quantum Catz: ((is vivian's character in the process of being kidnapped at the moment?)
YarnKittymon: ((She was already kidnapped and now she's being brought back as a trophy to the thieves' camp))
YarnKittymon: ((They would have already "performed" the castle scenes at the beginning of the film, before they got to Marquis))
Quantum Catz: VI: ::has a look of defiance on her face though her character has already said all she has to say to the thief::
YarnKittymon: : ::as Shigeru--or "Sirwulf," his character--comes into the clearing, he's half-mobbed by several extras, mostly from Marquis, all wearing vaguely medieval clothing; they break out in cheer as he shows his prisoner off::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she walks up to them, a rather irritated look on her face when she makes eye contact with Sirwulf, letting him know that she still doesn't approve of his little scheme::
YarnKittymon: SH: ::shooes the other thieves away, setting the princess down gently, an unmistakable smile on his face as he does so:: Marina, dear, stealing from passersby is one thing, but there's no quicker and easier way to steal from the populace than to be part of the government!
Quantum Catz: VI: ::tosses her head rather hautily as soon as she's standing though she frowns at Shigeru when he speaks:: How *exactly* do you plan to be part of the government? *I* wouldn't help you anyway - i'd rather die
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her eyes narrow at his obvious attraction for the girl. She looks to the princess and smirks:: And you just might.
YarnKittymon: SH: No one's going to be dying. ::looks back at Vivian:: Dearest princess, there's no one but thieves around for a dozen miles. There's no sense in screaming, or fleeing. Do you understand?
Quantum Catz: VI: ::looks at him with contempt in a way that people watching could probably imagine is just her playing herself:: My father will get me out of here anyway - why make the effort when you'll no doubt be hanged by tomorrow anyway?
YarnKittymon: SH: ::grabs Vivian's arm in a way that looks rather rough, drawing her to him, and looking deeply into her eyes, almost as if he would kiss her--it's enough to make a couple of the crew squirm; softly:: You'll be mine before I'm caught.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she looks quiet angry at the display but theres an undercurrent of hurt in her eyes; her words forced:: I've already placed men on the outskirts. If your father comes anywhere near here we'll hear of it and be ready.
Quantum Catz: VI: ::takes a deep breath and then says:: Whatever you do, *I* will never be yours ::although she feels a bit like she wants to squirm as well at being so close:
YarnKittymon: SH: ::smiles rather coldly, and then shoves Vivian aside:: Kip! Show "Her Majesty" to her royal quarters.
YarnKittymon: HR: ::had somehow avoided Maeve while she was so busy memorizing her lines--he's made up to look rough, with a scar painted on, but his handsome features show through underneath, and though he's not at all much of an actor, he doesn't have many lines, and his natural attraction towards the beautiful actress gives him all the unspoken acting he needs. He bows slightly to Shigeru, and very gently takes Vivian's arm, looking at her apologetically before he walks her off the scene::
Quantum Catz: VI: ::as soon as she's off of the scene she snaps:: Well that's enough for that - i need some water ::rolls her eyes at Shigeru:: And did you have to pull me *so* close? And i think my lipstick needs a touch-up
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she barely manages to keep her expression nuetral when she sees Harry, although she looks a little irritated over the fact that everyone seems to be falling all over the girl. She fixes Sirwulf with another glare::
YarnKittymon: IC: ::seeming remarkably patient, he walks around to Vivian, bringing her a glass filled with cold, fresh water; he looks back at Maeve and Shigeru:: We'll edit it. When you're ready. ::looks back at Vivian, telling her what a great job she did::
YarnKittymon: SH: ::looks just very slightly annoyed, himself, though once Vivian's quieted down, he looks back at Maeve and softly says:: You know you're the one I care for, Marina. This is just business.
Quantum Catz: VI: ::takes a sip of her water, apparently smiling sincerely when Ichabod complements her work, though she rolls her eyes a bit as she heads over to the make-up artist::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::coldly:: Is it now? You could have fooled me! And do you really think the king will hand over his kingdom whether or not your married to his daughter? It would be simpler just to ransom her.
YarnKittymon: SH: ::smiles, a sparkle in his eyes:: Oh, if her father comes to rescue her as she's sure...we won't have to worry about him handing over anything, except his head.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::moving quite naturally, she comes closer to him, and then with authority:: If he's dead then why would we need her? We could take the castle by force, we have enough men don't we? Especially if we used her as bait and ambushed them.
YarnKittymon: SH: ::shakes his head:: Don't be foolish! Everything has to look legitimate! ::smirks:: And if the only living heir to the castle just happens to die in her sleep a week after her marriage, well, I can't help that, can I?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she softens a little, the left side of her mouth turning up in a grin; evily:: A whole week? Couldn't we just arrange an accident the night of?
YarnKittymon: SH: ::grins, rather wickedly:: We'll see. ::looks back at IC expectantly, as though he's waiting for the director to yell "cut", though Ichabod approaches them, clapping slightly, and says:: Five minute break, and we'll move on to the next scene!
Maeve Owens: MV: ::walks off::
YarnKittymon: SH: ::steps back to get himself some water, knowing he can't command someone else to the way Vivian can::
Quantum Catz: VI: ::is sitting with the make up artist, talking with her eyes rolling every few minutes and for a moment her eyes alight on Maeve as if she's illustrating some point she's making by pointing her out::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she frowns at the woman but keeps on walking, not even going to attempt to sit in the same room as the woman less she carry through with her impulses to slug the whiney brat::
YarnKittymon: IC: ::calls Vivian and Harry back for their rather brief scene together, where Harry's supposed to very quickly explain how he was orphaned young and Marina and Sirwulf took him in--but he stumbles over his lines repeatedly, and if Vivian can even maintain the appearance of a bit of mild interest, let alone the genuine sympathy the script calls for, she's quite a good actress::
Quantum Catz: VI: ::actually stops in the middle of the scene:: Is your character supposed to have a stutter?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::looks briefly surprised at Vivian, and is tempted to tell her that if she'd read the script, she'd know--but he holds his tongue:: I guess he's supposed to be overcome by your beauty, Miss December.
Quantum Catz: VI: ::shoots a look at Ichabod and then says:: Well could he be a bit less overcome, please? I would like to get onto the next scene sometime this morning
YarnKittymon: HR: ::runs a hand through his hair; softly:: Sorry. ::takes a deep breath, and then tries again, only stuttering once or twice, which sounds much more in-character--he finishes by showing her to the lean-to shack, at the back of a run-down cabin--the "princess" will be expected to stay there, and he has a very real look of embarrassment as he bows and says she'll be living there...but he'll try to keep Sirwulf away from her::
Quantum Catz: VI: ::smiles at him warmly:: Thank you...it's good to see a kind face in midst of all this
YarnKittymon: HR: ::is foolish enough to get taken away by the line and acted smile, and he opens the door for Vivian, and bows to her:: Take care...Your Majesty. ::though the scene ends there, he turns to go, as if instinctively protecting himself from Vivian's true self::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she'd been watching from off stage, and while she does feel sorry for Harry, she cant help but laugh at the image of an irate Vivian whose bound to come flying out of the "shack"::
Quantum Catz: VI: ::leaves the shack once's the scene's over, she shoots a cold look at Harry's back but smiles at Ichabod as she moves over to him::
YarnKittymon: IC: ::smiles warmly at his actress:: You were wonderful. And don't worry; he only has a dozen more lines in the whole...er...play.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::when it doesnt happen she looks amused but a bit disappointed that they didn't get a grand show::
Quantum Catz: VI: ::shakes her head as if in an indulgent way:: It was a such an original idea of yours to shoot here but i still can't help feeling we'd have done far better with *real* actors from Hollywood
YarnKittymon: IC: I know, but how would we have brought them all in without arousing suspicion? I've already had far too much trouble as it is. We'll have to make do with what we have. And besides, your talent would distract from the *real* actors, if we had any...we might as well save the budget and have these amateurs.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she rolls her eyes::
Quantum Catz: VI: ::flicks her hair slightly:: Yes, i suppose so
Maeve Owens: MV: ::snickers, rather amused that the woman thinks so highly of herself and even more amused that Bridges tries so hard to please her::
YarnKittymon: : ::the play goes on until it's nearly dark, and then the actors are driven back to Marquis to rest before the next day's work::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::by the time she makes it to Libby's shop, she looks rather exhausted. She's removed all the make up and changed her clothes since she doesn't want to tip Libby off to the fact that she gave into Bridges' threats::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::is just walking to the shop from the inn; sees Maeve and stops:: You alright? Y'look more tired than i feel
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she smiles weakly at him:: Yeah, I'm fine. I've just had a pretty long day. ::she pauses:: Have you talked to Libby?
Quantum Catz: JK: Just got home - why?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she frowns, then resumes walking towards the shop practically forcing her legs to carry her the short distance::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::smiles slightly:: Mystery girl then ::and follows her::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she smirks, too tired to really form any response while she struggles for a second to open the door; mutters:: Should have stopped for that coffee.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks slightly amused at Maeve's tiredness:: Y'sure yer okay?
Maeve Owens: MV: Yep, nothing a bit of sleep or giant dose of caffeine wouldn't cure. ::she looks around for Libby, and is slightly tempted to just go home, especially if she's going to start lecturing::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::is helping a customer when Jack and Maeve get to the shop; she frowns to see Maeve, but she smiles widely as Jack comes in, relief washing over her features::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smiling weakly, figuring she was stupid for not using Jack as a buffer for all those other times she's come in late and now she has just a bit of hope that Libby will be too busy with Jack::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::finishes up with her customer, who knows Libby won't make much small-talk now that Jack's here; when the customer's gone, she ducks out in front of the counter and kisses Jack; softly:: I'm so glad you're back.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::smiles, bemused, at Libby:: Ain't ever see you this relieved to get me home - i was just at Gate Town
Maeve Owens: MV: ::attempts to sneak off to the backroom to either get away from the mushyness or just to escape telling them her news for a little while longer::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::smiling weakly:: Well, we've got in a bit of trouble. You weren't...bringing in any film or movie cameras, were you?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::laughs:: Yer joking, right? That's a bugger of a job t'wipe yer hands of - if that Bridges guy gets caught he's just gonna screw them all over ::pauses:: How did you know about it?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::puts a stray strand of hair out of her face; softly:: He threatened me...said if we let anyone know he's filming here, he and his whole crew would swear that you and I were involved in it.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks at Libby for a moment, rather surprised:: How'd you know in the first place?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::shakes her head:: He's recruiting actors to be in a play with no audience. What else could he be trying to do? He tried to pull Maeve in but I told her not to; if the film ever got off the island, she'd be up a creek.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she sighs, figuring she's going to have to stick around for this part, she casually walks back towards the register. She winces when Libby says that but she just cant bring herself to admit she got pulled in::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::runs a hand through his hair, a frown on his face:: Yer kidding, right? But how did he know you knew?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::quietly:: Saw the look in my eyes, I guess, unless he figured you told me. We'd spoken briefly when we met touring the movie studio; I guess he knew enough to know I wouldn't be too fond of his idea.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::mutters:: So, do we have a plan yet on how to stop the movie from leaving the island?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::curses and then sighs and says wryly:: Well the best way to deal with these things is to just get rid of the evidence - destroy the cameras, destroy the film, everythin' then there ain't anything that's been smuggled - but he mighta thought of that
YarnKittymon: LB: I'm sure he has all his things guarded. ::looks at Jack hopefully:: Though maybe that's something you could get past.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::nods:: Could do ::frowns:: Maybe Toby could get rid of the stuff if i can get him to it ::shrugs:: Course we'd need to know where it was first
YarnKittymon: LB: ::cringes; quietly:: You don't think he'd be caught, do you?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::casually:: Well, what if we had someone on the inside then they might be able to get information on where they keep the cameras when they aren't filming? And they could also know when no ones about to notice anyone sneaking about...
YarnKittymon: LB: ::looks at Maeve, frowning:: Maeve...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::innocently:: What?
YarnKittymon: LB: You're not thinking of getting involved, are you? What if the plan fails?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she winces, then looks away:: Well, I guess the plan better not fail because I already am.
YarnKittymon: LB: ::her jaw drops as she looks over at Maeve:: You're *what*? After I told you not to?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::shakes his head:: Well at least if it doesn't fail we might get all this sorted quicker
YarnKittymon: LB: ::frowns:: But if it doesn't work...::shakes her head::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::after staring at the floor for a while, she glances back up to Libby:: We'll make it work, because theres no way I'm letting him destroy the two of you.
YarnKittymon: LB: ::sighs:: Are we sure he won't be able to retaliate once the stuff *is* destroyed?
Quantum Catz: JK: What's he gonna do with nothin' to prove anythin'?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::quietly:: I don't know...should I go get Toby so you can come up with a plan?
Maeve Owens: MV: Or we dont involve anyone else and I just burn it. Of course that would mean finding a place to do so without alerting everyone.
Quantum Catz: JK: Burnin' still leaves somethin' though - Toby can get rid of everythin' completely but their ain't much point in planning till we know where the stuff is
YarnKittymon: LB: ::frowns:: So we just wait?
Quantum Catz: JK: Well i might go have a chat with the guys who smuggled this stuff in n see if i can get numbers for everything, make sure if we do get rid of it, we get rid of it all
YarnKittymon: LB: ::nods; softly:: I don't know anything about these kinds of operations...I guess I'll just have to leave it in your hands.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::covers up a yawn; blinks::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::looks at Maeve; after a moment, sighs:: I guess there's no point in trying to get you thrown off the set now; they already have you on film anyway. So why don't you go back home and get some shut-eye.
Maeve Owens: MV: The sets a good place to be, I might even be able to find out where they're keeping the supplies. And I'm not tired. ::forcing her eyes to remain open she smiles at Libby::
Quantum Catz: JK: Y'ain't much good for findin' anything out if you fall asleep on the set though
YarnKittymon: LB: ::nods:: And if you're forgetting your lines you'll be thrown out. Go on; I can handle the store.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::sighs:: Fine. ::shuffles towards the door:: See you guys tomorrow then.
YarnKittymon: LB: Good night, Maeve.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::mumbles:: Good night. ::without turning around she waves at them, then with effort, she pushes the door open::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::glances at Libby once Maeve's gone:: Y'okay?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::softly, not looking at Jack:: Just frightened for you, but that's hardly a new feeling.
Quantum Catz: JK: Y'don't need to be frightened - i know what i'm doing - some guy turnin up like this ain't exactly normal
YarnKittymon: LB: ::softly, forcing a weak smile:: I know, Jack...I just can't help it sometimes. ::smiles a bit more:: And it *is* good to see you again.
Quantum Catz: JK: 'S good t'see *you* again
YarnKittymon: LB: ::grins, and then kisses Jack::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::kisses her back::
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