Quantum Catz: KZ: ::walks into Libby's shop sometime
in the afternoon. She's probably not really talked to libby much
before except maybe at becky's wedding as she's kept mostly to
herself since moving to marquis::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::smiles warmly at Kizzie as she comes in:: Good afternoon; welcome to Libby's. Kizzie, right? Can I help you?
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::smiles slightly:: I'm just having a look around - i didn't bring much with me when i moved and it's nice to treat yourself occasionally, right?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::grins:: You're right about that. ::steps out to look over the clothes, trying to find something that suits Kizzie:: What were you looking for?
Quantum Catz: KZ: Nothing in particular really - i don't really know much about fashion
YarnKittymon: LB: ::nods:: Well, were you looking for something fancy, or just something to wear every day? You can look pretty in both, you know.
Quantum Catz: KZ: I don't really have anything to dress up for so every day i guess
YarnKittymon: LB: ::nods, scanning the store:: It doesn't seem to really snow much here, but it's still cool enough, most of the brighter prints are gone. ::motions to a deep blue dress about Kizzie's size; it's simple but attractive, buttoning in front, with a bit of a sailor collar:: How about that?
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::smiles:: It does look nice
YarnKittymon: LB: ::hands it to her:: You'll have to try it on, then. Do you see anything else you like?
Quantum Catz: KZ: I'll just try this, thanks ::smiles weakly:: I spend most of my time with plants anyway so it's not like many people are going to notice a new dress on me
YarnKittymon: LB: ::laughs:: You can't tell me they wouldn't like to see you in a nice floral print?
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::chuckles:: I suppose if they bothered to look
YarnKittymon: LB: *Can* they look? Well, I suppose even if they could, they probably wouldn't care; cats and dogs don't.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::Smiles:: No, clothing isn't the most important thing in the world to plants
YarnKittymon: : ::the bell on the door rings, and a handsome man with dark skin and blue eyes, wearing a trenchcoat and fedora comes in, taking off his hat:: Good day, Miss Williamson, Miss MacKenzie. ::his eyes linger on Kizzie::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::looks a bit confused as she doesn't think she's ever met the man before:: Um...hello...
YarnKittymon: LB: ::smirks:: It's Mrs. Richards now, remember?
YarnKittymon: GU: ::steps forward:: Oh, right; my apologies. But this *is* Miss MacKenzie, am I right? ::smiles encouragingly at Kizzie::
Quantum Catz: KZ: Um, yes it is...do i know you? I don't think we've ever met...
YarnKittymon: GU: ::shakes his head:: I doubt you have. Detective Guy Stowe. ::bows to her:: And I've come two days' journey to ask your help.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::glances over at Libby for a moment, before turning to look at Guy again, feeling a bit lost:: My help?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::frowns:: Mr. Stowe, the least you could do is let her finish shopping! Are you trying to ruin my business?
YarnKittymon: GU: ::frowns:: I'm sorry, Mrs. Richards...I just got a bit carried away there. I guess this can wait another twenty minutes. ::after a moment:: Congratulations on the new arrival, by the way.
YarnKittymon: LB: ::looks back at Guy blankly:: You mean Josh and Eli and Dolly? They're not my children, you know; I'm just watching them for Isaac until he's...better.
YarnKittymon: GU: ::shakes his head:: Not that. You're expecting, right?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::stares at Guy, literally stunned speechless::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::smiles at Libby:: Oh, congratulations
YarnKittymon: LB: ::shakes her head, starting to flush red:: I don't know what you're talking about, Mr. Stowe...I'm not...
YarnKittymon: GU: ::starting to look a little uncomfortable; quietly:: Mrs. Richards, I was sure you knew, or I wouldn't have mentioned it...I can tell where people *are*, you know...and there's...the beginnings of a person inside of you.
YarnKittymon: LB: ::shakes her head, still in disbelief:: Is it...is it healthy?
YarnKittymon: GU: I'm not sure I can tell, since it's not born yet...but I think so.
YarnKittymon: LB: ::nods, biting her lip, and then turns to Kizzie; weakly:: Thanks...did you want to try on that dress?
Quantum Catz: KZ: Um...i suppose so...are you okay?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::smiles nervously:: I'm wonderful if Mr. Stowe's right about it all, Kizzie.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::smiles:: I'll go try on the dress then
YarnKittymon: LB: ::nods, showing Kizzie to the dressing room; she then sinks down into a chair, looking straight ahead, silently::
YarnKittymon: GU: ::after a minute:: I'll be outside, when Miss MacKenzie is ready. Good day, Mrs. Richards, and congratulations.
YarnKittymon: LB: ::nods numbly::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::comes out, wearing the dress; it fits her well enough but she looks a bit uncertain:: What do you think? Do you think it looks okay?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::quickly stands up, smiling:: It's very pretty, if you like it. It fits you. I think I have another of the same style and size in gray, if you'd prefer.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::smiles:: I like the blue ::glances towards the front door:: What do you think that Mr Stowe wants me for? I can't think what i could possibly do to help a detective unless he's having problems with his garden...
YarnKittymon: LB: ::shrugs:: I don't know. Maybe a crime was committed in front of a tree and he thinks you can ask it who the culprit was. Would you like to wear your dress out today?
Quantum Catz: KZ: Oh, that's okay - i think i'll change out of it for now ::goes back to change into her other dress:
YarnKittymon: LB: ::goes to the register and waits; after a moment she gingerly touches her stomach, wondering if Guy's words could be true::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::comes back out a few minutes later and walks over to the register; smiles:: I bet your husband'll be happy when you tell him the news
YarnKittymon: LB: ::nods, telling Kizzie the price, which sounds fair:: As soon as I've rung you up I'll go see him. ::quietly:: I've been working pretty long hours lately, without Maeve to keep me company and back me up. But I guess it won't hurt to close shop for an hour.
Quantum Catz: KZ: You know if you need any help while Maeve's...away...I mean, i work on people's gardens but that never takes up my whole day...
YarnKittymon: LB: ::looks at Kizzie, wide-eyed:: I wouldn't want to trouble you...but if you're interested....
Quantum Catz: KZ: I used to have to work an awful lot more before i came to the island - i'm sure i cna manage some time working here if you need it
YarnKittymon: LB: ::smiles:: All right, then...I don't think I'm in any condition to train you today but if you could come in tomorrow when you're done with your trees and gardens?
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::smiles:: Okay then ::pays for her dress and glances towards the door again:: I guess i had better go and see what Mr Stowe wants then
YarnKittymon: LB: ::nods, smiling:: I do have a back door, if you'd rather slip out, but I suppose if he really can tell where people are, that wouldn't do you much good.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::smiles:: Whatever it is, i'm sure it can't be so bad that i'd want to run away from him
YarnKittymon: LB: ::smiles, taking the money out of the register:: Well, good luck, anyway.
YarnKittymon: GU: ::is sitting on a bench a few yards from Libby's shop, but stands when he sees Kizzie leave the store, walking over to her:: Good day...
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::smiles rather uncertainly:: Hello again
YarnKittymon: GU: Can I buy you lunch, or something to drink? I have a few questions for you.
Quantum Catz: KZ: Um...i suppose so - what exactly is it you want to know about?
YarnKittymon: GU: ::heads towards his favorite cafe; quietly:: There was a murder out in the wild forests, about two weeks ago. No suspects.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::pales a bit and sighs:: To be honest...i don't know if i'd want to help you with that
YarnKittymon: GU: ::nods:: I wouldn't have asked you, but...::frowns:: I don't know how to say it. It sounds absurd, but it looked to me as though the trees had killed him.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::shakes her head, though she looks shaken:: That's impossible
YarnKittymon: GU: I agree, but there were no footprints besides the victim's, and there was blood on a branch six feet off the ground.
Quantum Catz: KZ: Just because he died in the tree, doesn't mean the tree killed him
YarnKittymon: GU: He wasn't found in the tree, Miss MacKenzie. He was found beneath it, as though it had struck him in the face.
Quantum Catz: KZ: A tree wouldn't just naturally do that...i've only ever known trees to openly react to things happening to me...and i most certainly wasn't there
YarnKittymon: GU: ::nods, frowning:: It could be some outside force is somehow controlling the trees. But I can't figure out how it would have happened, without the trees.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::sighs:: You're asking me to witness a murder
YarnKittymon: GU: ::softly:: I can't afford to pay more than your room and board, and a gold for your trouble.
Quantum Catz: KZ: Money's no reason to do something like that ::sighs:: What does it matter anyway? The person's dead
YarnKittymon: GU: ::nods:: But it's my job to find out who did it, so justice can be served, and so it can't happen again. ::quietly:: I won't pressure a woman into such a situation, of course. It's up to you.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::looks down:: If someone is controlling the trees...i should probably check it out...or it'll come back to haunt me later
YarnKittymon: GU: ::nods again, his lips not betraying his pleasure, though his eyes do:: All right. Did you still want lunch first? If not, you should get packed. It's a full day's journey, a bit more, actually, and we're starting out late.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::notices the look in his eyes and sighs:: I'll have to go tell Libby i can't make it tomorrow, if she's still there - then i think i will just go pack
YarnKittymon: GU: ::nods, looking at the cafe:: I'll be inside, but I'm ready when you are. Thank you, Miss MacKenzie.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::doesn't smile:: I'm not doing it for you - if this is hurting the trees there in anyway...eventually i'd be the one who had to fix it...for my own sanity if nothing else ::turns to head back to Libbys::
YarnKittymon: : ::Libby's shop already has the "Closed" sign out::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::goes to pack instead - she doesn't want to interrupt so she decides to write libby a note and leave it before she goes::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::makes her way to the tavern,
feeling a little sick and very anxious, and once inside, heads
towards the bar, looking for Jack::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::is leaning against the bar, listening to one of the regulars talking about his day::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::keeps a distance, waiting patiently for Jack to finish, knowing his tip may depend on it::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::the man finishes talking soon after that and Jack excuses himself, coming over to Libby, smiling:: Aren't you meant to be working?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::takes Jack's hand nervously; whispers:: We need to talk for a minute, alone.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks a bit confused but he nods:: Sure, it's not like it's busy in here just now
YarnKittymon: LB: ::softly:: Here, or should we just go home? Except the kids might be back from school by now.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::frowns:: We could go into the office in the back if you want
YarnKittymon: LB: ::nods, smiling weakly; quietly, before they even reach the office:: Don't get your hopes up too much.
Quantum Catz: JK: About what? ::laughs weakly:: Libby, i have no idea what yer on about
YarnKittymon: LB: ::closes the door and looks up at Jack; softly:: Guy Stowe was in town. You know how he can tell where anyone is, if he likes?
Quantum Catz: JK: Sounds familiar, yeah
YarnKittymon: LB: ::flushing, and looking like she can't believe it herself:: He...um...congratulated me. He sensed...a baby...
Quantum Catz: JK: ::grins:: Well that's good isn't it? I thought you were gonna tell me something bad ::hugs Libby::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::laughs, putting her arms around Jack:: I didn't...didn't know if you'd believe him...if *I* should believe him...I mean, it's possible, but I still...
Quantum Catz: JK: ::chuckles:: Well i've learned to believe a hell of a lot of things are possible since i came here
YarnKittymon: LB: ::kisses Jack; softly:: I'll go to the midwife first, to be sure...but Mr. Stowe said the baby was healthy as far as he could tell.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::smiles:: Useful guy...what was he doin' in the shop anyway?
YarnKittymon: LB: He was looking for Kizzie. I don't know why, but I'll bet it had to do with a case.
Quantum Catz: JK: Handy for us that she happened to be there then i guess...though if he's right then you'd've known about it soon enough
YarnKittymon: LB: ::nods, smiling weakly:: I should be getting back to work, I guess...but I thought you should know.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::grins:: Well it's more interesting than anything the regulars have to say
YarnKittymon: LB: ::kisses Jack again, laughing:: I was afraid you wouldn't want one, after having Isaac's siblings for a few days.
Quantum Catz: JK: Ah, they're good kids - better'n some i've met
YarnKittymon: LB: ::smiles:: I think they're wonderful, but it'll be nice to have the house to ourselves again. Anyway, maybe I'll go see the midwife first. I'm not sure I'll be much good at work 'til I know for sure.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::chuckles:: Alright, and you can come back and tell me what she says
YarnKittymon: LB: ::smiles:: All right, but I'll have to speak in code, unless you want all of Marquis knowing. ::pauses:: Though given this town, I'll bet they knew before Guy even came through.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::laughs:: I don't think they're that good - they'd've been talking about it in here if they were
YarnKittymon: LB: ::grins:: Are we really the most interesting thing the town has to talk about? I guess I feel flattered. ::opens the door::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::chuckles:: Well any news is news worth talking about after a few drinks
YarnKittymon: LB: ::softly:: I guess we won't know for sure for a few days, unless she has some test I've not heard of. But I guess you'll know as soon as you see me what happened. ::smiles:: See you tonight, Jack.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::smiles back:: Alright, see you
YarnKittymon: GU: ::is still waiting in the cafe,
talking pleasantly with a homely woman; last time he was in town,
he solved the problem of who was stealing her apples::
Quantum Catz: KI: ::it doesn't take Kizzie long to pack and to leave a note for Libby, so she's soon walking into the cafe, looking a bit pale as she thinks of what she's going to have to see::
YarnKittymon: GU: ::stands up when Kizzie enters:: Are you sure you don't want anything? It's going to be a long trip.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::Shakes her head:: I'll be fine
YarnKittymon: GU: ::bids goodbye to the woman, dropping a few gold coins on the table, and walks over to Kizzie; quietly:: I just have the one horse, no cart. I hope that's all right? We'll make better time, really.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::smiles weakly:: You really know how to accomodate a lady, don't you? ::shrugs:: It's fine
YarnKittymon: GU: If not, I'll rent a cart. It's no bother, since I'll be bringing you back anyway.
Quantum Catz: KZ: I've put up with worse in my life than sharing a horse
YarnKittymon: GU: ::nods; quietly:: And you don't fear the gossips? Although a cart might just make it worse.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::smiles slightly:: Seems you don't know everything about me then, if you have to ask that
YarnKittymon: GU: ::smiles back, suddenly liking the gutsy young woman:: Fair enough. ::goes to the stable and readies his horse, a sturdy brown mare he's called Nutmeg; once the horse is ready and outside, Guy loads Kizzie's things into the saddlebag and helps the girl on before mounting::
Quantum Catz: KZ: Has anything else happened at this place? Other than the death, i mean?
YarnKittymon: GU: ::starts off on the main road leading west:: There's rumors the land's been purchased to turn into farms, but nothing concrete. I checked the land records; it's still government owned.
Quantum Catz: KZ: A normal tree won't fight for it's life, if that's what you're suggesting
YarnKittymon: GU: Well, someone who loved the forest and who had the ability might somehow force the trees to fight, don't you think?
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::sighs:: But then the people would just cut the trees down out of fear..
YarnKittymon: GU: ::looks a little surprised:: So maybe someone who wanted the land cleared did it.
Quantum Catz: KZ: Well if that's what they want...then they'll probably do more than just go after that one person
YarnKittymon: GU: ::nods; quietly:: We'll be there about this time tomorrow. We'll figure it out then. If you sense anything odd in the trees as we draw nearer...even distress...let me know.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::softly:: If i sense any distress in the trees, i'll want to go to them...so you'll know
YarnKittymon: GU: Of course you would. ::quietly:: The woman I asked said you were the sweetest thing she knew, getting so upset over trees.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::laughs weakly:: What woman was that?
YarnKittymon: GU: Mrs. Neighbors. She said you saved that apple tree her husband planted fifteen years ago, right before he died. Said you were nearly as worked up about the tree as she was.
Quantum Catz: KZ: Some trees have memories almost as strong as humans..and they all flood into me like they're my own ::laughs weakly:: Of course, it didn't help that it was young, desperate to live...desperate for me to save it anyway
YarnKittymon: GU: ::smiles:: Well, she was sure it was going to give her the best apples in the world next year. And from the way she was talking, I think she might be right.
Quantum Catz: KZ: It's probably one of the healthiest trees in the town - almost all of it's life's come from me
YarnKittymon: GU: I'd heard stories, but I didn't know you were that good. ::slowly:: The trees in the forest sure seemed healthy, if that makes you feel better.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::chuckles:: It's not really about being good - i can give them whatever it is they need to live and they take as much of it as they need unless i stop them
YarnKittymon: GU: What's it like? It's not like you're just rich soil or anything, is it?
Quantum Catz: KZ: It's like being drained of energy, i guess...more like the sun than the soil...flowers always grow better when i tend to them
YarnKittymon: GU: ::nods, interested, and makes light conversation until they have to stop in a small town for the night. As promised, it's not until the next afternoon that they start to approach the forest where someone was murdered. Kizzie probably senses something's a bit strange, maybe in the trees themselves, but there's certainly no signs of distress::
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