Maeve Owens: MV: ::looking like an undead creature
from one of the recent horror films, Maeve stumbles over the uneven
ground as she makes her way back to work.::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::is just going to take Becky to lunch, but his eyes light on Maeve, and he walks over towards her:: Hey, Maeve, you all right?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her head snaps up and she stares at him blankly. His words finally register in her tired mind and she nods:: Yeah. I'm just fine. Heading to work actually. ::she tries to sound cheerful but it cant hide her pale features or the circles around her eyes::
Quantum Catz: BM: Maeve, you look like hell
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods:: What's wrong?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she winces, and drops her gaze:: I haven't been sleeping. No big deal.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::frowns, worriedly:: Why not?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she sighs heavily; then softly:: I guess you'll hear about it sooner or later...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::quietly:: We were just going to lunch; we can talk at the café?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::reluctantly, she nods but then shakes her head:: No, that's okay. I don't want to intrude on your lunch...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::takes Maeve's arm and starts to pull her along:: Don't be so stubborn
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smiles weakly as she lets Becky pull her along::
YarnKittymon: : ::they soon get seated at a table outside; it's pretty warm, so there's no one else there to overhear::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she takes a deep breath before she begins:: I suppose you didn't hear about Isaac getting sick?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::shakes her head:: When did that happen?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::murmurs:: Two days ago. He's okay now but... ::she winces, not completely sure how to explain what happened::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: What's wrong?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::hesitantly:: Apparently my being alive is causing.... problems. In some ways it helps, like in Josh's case. But then I guess it evens out which means.... well.. Isaac was suppose to die.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::cringes, shaking his head:: Who told you *that*, Maeve?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::flatly:: Some woman who can supposedly see time. ::she smirks:: I don't know if that's true or not but after I got done talking to her Isaac was better... he just doesn't remember coming to Marquis.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::shakes his head quickly:: It was just some dream, Maeve.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she shakes her head:: It couldn't have been. I had a burn mark on my chest afterwards.
Quantum Catz: BM: Why was he better? Did she do something?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::glances at Becky, worried she'll get upset over his intervention back in New York::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods; sadly:: I don't even remember half of what she said. But she drained me a bit, and I guess the cost I paid was him forgetting everything connected to me.
Quantum Catz: BM: Or he was just so ill he got amnesia. If she thought he was meant to die there then i doubt she'd've helped him
YarnKittymon: TY: ::smiling faintly:: Can't we just tap him on the head a bit to wake him up again?
Maeve Owens: MV: It's a bit coincidental that he remembers stuff up until the day he met me. Besides, she seemed mad I was alive. ::she cringes at Toby's comment::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::eyes widen:: How could he be mad you were alive?
Maeve Owens: MV: *She* did. Not Isaac. He doesn't even remember me... ::she hesitates, then slowly:: Which I'm going to kind of keep it that way...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::thinks of her daughter and her visions:: Well a person who could see changes in the time line might not be too happy with people messing about with it....but it's changed now, you leave Isaac's life and you just influence another instead
YarnKittymon: TY: ::shakes his head:: Maeve...I don't want you two to lose what you had...
Maeve Owens: MV: We already did! He doesn't remember me. And who says there's even another to go out with? ::she shakes her head:: Everyone I get *really* close to ends up dead. Maybe I'm cursed. But then I'm not suppose to be here to what if my being here is going to cause another change in time and he ends up dead sooner than he's suppose to? I'm not going to sit around and wait for that to happen!
YarnKittymon: TY: ::shakes his head:: And what if he needs you around to pull through?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::sadly:: Why would he need a stranger around?
Quantum Catz: BM: Because being with you might help him remember you
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she looks down:: I still think it has to do with what that woman did.
YarnKittymon: TY: So what if it does? If someone took his memories, don't you owe it to him to try to get them back for him?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she winces:: I'm afraid to... if that had to happen for him to get better.. then if he gets them back what if that means he has to get sick again?
Quantum Catz: BM: Why was he sick in the first place? What was wrong with him?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she shrugs:: I dont know. He said he came down with it too fast and that he had no bug bites... it didn't really seem like a normal illness...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::frowns:: Then we'll go see the sorcerers, if it's not a normal illness.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she drops her head into her hands; frustrated:: I don't know what to do. I'm afraid to mess with it anymore and causing even more damage.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::softly, not looking at them:: It evens out in the end, there are good things and bad things, but nothing any worse than what it would've been
YarnKittymon: TY: ::quietly:: If he could remember it, I'm sure he'd be happy to have met you. ::after a pause:: I guess if you would've died, Josh would've, too.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods:: And because I'm alive Donald died. And because of all that Isaac almost did. And because I'm here Jack met Libby and their baby is alive...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::quietly:: I'd take Josh alive over Donald, if it were up to me.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::quickly:: So would I. I was just making a point. My being here is going to cause worse things to happen to them.
YarnKittymon: TY: And maybe if you leave something bad will happen to them. Who knows?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::looks even more upset:: Then what am I suppose to do? I can't go back and I cant go forward!
YarnKittymon: TY: Be there for him?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::brokenly:: Because I was there he almost died.
Quantum Catz: BM: Like i said, none of it's worse or better - just do what you want to, don't worry about the way things should be because they're never going to be that
Maeve Owens: MV: Then what about the fact that everyone...close... to me gets hurt or winds up dead?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::examines his hands:: I'm still here...should I be insulted?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she smirks; quietly:: Sorry Toby but I was never in love with you.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::chuckles:: What's not to love? ::and then looks at Maeve, more seriously:: It's not a curse, it's just the way life is sometimes - you've not had an easy life, but so what? Neither have either of us
Toby sighs, shaking his head. "Look, Maeve...I don't know why you think running away is the answer. The last time you got separated from someone you once cared about...it didn't end too well for him. And I think we both know if there's anyone who can help Isaac through, besides his siblings, it's you."
"I want to be there," Maeve murmurs, her voice choked with tears. "But I don't want to watch *him* die. I can't...and I'm so afraid it's going to happen." She rubs at her throbbing temples.
Becky glances at Toby, not really sure what to say. Normally she'd tell Maeve that that was really a decision Isaac should be involved in, but since he didn't remember her, that wasn't really much of an option right then.
Toby looks down. "Maeve...if he's fated to die or whatever...I guess he will...with or without you. If I were you, I'd rather be there to help him through." He frowns. "But we'll do everything we can to protect him, you know that."
"I don't know." Maeve murmurs quietly. "I can't shake the feeling that my being there is going to cause it. And if that's the case...then shouldn't I leave?" She glances back at Toby, and something in her gaze pleads with him to prove her wrong.
Becky says softly, "The world has a way of working things out so it gets what it wants anyway - for all you know, it'll be you leaving that might lead to his death. But you'll never know, no one gets told these things."
Toby frowns, thinking for a bit. "Maybe this is some kind of a sick gift. You've been sure you're trouble for him ever since you met him. Maybe you can use this as a new start...to get to know him without all the fear and the baggage you've been carrying with you." He smiles faintly, looking at Maeve. "Either way, I know you care about him. I'd hate for you to throw that away for something that probably won't even happen."
"I guess I shouldn't base the outcome of the future on one lousy "what if" then, eh?" Maeve mumbles quietly. "Suppose I do go back... how do I reappear after the way I ran out of there?" She winces since from her point of view it looks pretty bad.
"Well anyone could understand that it wasn't an easy thing for you to realise that he didn't remember you," Becky replies. "Most people would need a bit of time to get their heads round that."
Toby frowns. "Take it easy, I guess," he says quietly. "It won't do any good to just show up and pretend nothing's happened. But just tell him the truth, how you really feel." He smirks slightly as he adds, "Maybe not *everything*. But he fell in love with you once; he can do it again, right? 'Til he remembers again?"
"I don't know if telling him the truth about how I feel is even good since it will lead to telling about everything that's happened," Maeve replies quietly, frowning.
"Well, you know, if you leave it too long his siblings might well tell him about you anyway and then he'd just be hurt that you couldn't tell him yourself," Becky murmurs. "Not the best way to start things off."
Toby nods. "Becky's right. Don't overwhelm him or anything, of course, but he'll have to know the truth."
Maeve frowns, looking rather unsure of herself again.
Toby frowns. "Just go see him, Maeve. Waiting's just going to make things worse, and you're going to have to talk sometime. I think you know that somewhere in the back of your mind, don't you?"
"Well, seeing that I planned to avoid them completely before my presence sent lightning bolts from the sky to rain down among them.... no. I hadn't planned on ever being within five feet of them." Maeve replies, smirking.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::can't help but smile as well:: Well i don't think anything as extreme as that would ever happen
YarnKittymon: TY: ::shakes his head:: Fire would be more likely, wouldn't it?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she shrugs:: Perhaps but lightning would be even more likely if Alex came for a visit. Combine a dangerous history with dangerous relatives... things could explode.
Quantum Catz: BM: Well i didn't notice any stray lightning strikes or fires at Libby's wedding
YarnKittymon: TY: ::shrugs:: We'll just keep him away from Alex...that's probably good advice whether you're around or not. ::smirks::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::quietly:: Alex is a contenant away so it's not really him I'm worried about.
YarnKittymon: : ::their food finally arrives, and Toby starts in in silence::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::picks half heartedly at her food, her mind still miles away::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::for a moment, Becky just sits, looking at Maeve like she's trying to decide something; finally she says:: When i was away...i talked to someone...they told me that everything...it evens out in the end - i don't know if that means things'll work out for you and Isaac or not but...it at least means you're not...messing anything up by being here, Maeve
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she drops her fork back onto her plate, and looks up at Becky; quietly:: Who told you that? Because from what I understood of what that woman was saying, she said the exact opposite.
Quantum Catz: BM: Well...you're..changing things from the way they might have been but...not all changes are bad. Toby and i are changing things by being here too
YarnKittymon: TY: ::quietly:: Maeve, I know you're scared to lose him, but after all that's happened, if you love him at all...I don't know how you could stand to let him go.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks down, thinking of how she left and everything that caused::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she winces:: Because I love him enough to let him go? Because if I don't, I'm going to have to watch him die because of something I caused?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::murmurs:: You don't know you'll have to
YarnKittymon: TY: ::glares at Maeve, shaking his head:: Isaac had never met you when his parents died! Josh would've been *dead* if it wasn't for things you did! And Isaac got sick when he was away from *you*! What makes you so sure you're not *helping* him?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she blinks, looking rather stunned at his outburst.:: I don't know. I mean, well, I had thought that if he hadn't met me then he'd still be- ::her words cut off, and she winces.:: He'd be in Saxton still struggling to get by..
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: See?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she bites her lip, but only nods::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::goes back to picking at her food::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::smiles weakly:: You'll see him tonight, or do we have to haul you over ourselves?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::raises her eyebrows at him:: I'd like to see you- ::her eyes cut towards Becky and she smirks:: Yes, I'm going right after work.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::chuckles, since she noticed the glance in her direction::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::grins at Becky:: Yeah, I guess you *could've* done it the easy way, keep us from having to do all that talking.
Quantum Catz: BM: Well i couldn't have stopped her from running away once i got her there though
YarnKittymon: TY: ::laughs:: Could've if I melted the door shut.
Maeve Owens: MV: You'd have to get all the windows too.
YarnKittymon: TY: You act like I've never done this before.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she shrugs, trying to look smug:: You'd have to be fast enough to make a ladder to reach all the upper windows. I'd think that, and then having to move the ladder around might make you a little slow. ::grins::
YarnKittymon: TY: What makes you think I wouldn't do it while you're at work, hm?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::chuckles:: What? You want me to stay locked in his house indefinitely? I thought since I was going over there to talk that it was no longer necessary to.. keep me in.
Quantum Catz: BM: This is Plan B for if you change your mind
YarnKittymon: TY: ::grins:: Isn't it about time for your shift to start? Not that I have any evil plans to execute or anything...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::rolls her eyes:: Yes, it is. And just remember... I'm good at getting revenge. ::smiling, she shakes her head, then digs into her pocket for some coins::
YarnKittymon: TY: Don't worry about that; just get going.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her eyes widen, then she smirks again:: Feeling guilty for ganging up on me, eh?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::smirks:: Nah, just trying to make sure Libby's store's taken care of.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smiling:: Uhhuh. Right. Well, thanks anyway. ::she gets up, and pushes her chair in:: See you guys later.
Quantum Catz: BM: Good luck later
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods, more seriously:: Yeah, see you.
Maeve Owens: MV: Thanks. I'm guessing I'm gonna need it. ::she waves to them as she leaves the restaurant::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::comes back home late that
afternoon, smiling widely from all the fun he's had on his trip;
looks around for the first person to tell everything he's done::
Maeve Owens: DK: ::rushes forward to hug her brother:: Hey! Welcome home!
Quantum Catz: IS: ::has been sleeping a lot, still feeling ill and headachey though his fever's gone; he had to be shown around the house after maeve left so he knew where things were and hasn't really talked much to dolly or eli, uncertain about what to say to them when they look so unfamiliar to him::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::hugs Dolly, grinning:: You should've seen the fireworks! They were like a million colored shooting stars all blowing up at once!
Maeve Owens: DK: ::she's nervous, but she tries to cover it with a forced smile:: Wow. Sounds like you had a lot of fun?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::nods quickly:: And Gate Town was even bigger than Marquis!
Quantum Catz: EK: ::comes through from the living room when he hears Josh; not saying anything::
Maeve Owens: DK: ::she hugs him one more time; quietly:: I'm glad you're home. ::she glances worriedly at Eli, wincing:: Um, Josh?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks at Dolly, pulling back and frowning:: What?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::appears at the top of the stairs, walking down a few steps and then stopping uncertainly:: Hey...Josh
YarnKittymon: JH: ::smiles at his brother, not quite picking up on Isaac's uncertainty; scampers up the stairs to meet him:: Did you miss me?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::smiles:: 'Course i did - did you have fun?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::nods:: You should've seen the fireworks!
Maeve Owens: DK: ::watches worriedly::
Quantum Catz: IS: Sorry i missed them
YarnKittymon: JH: ::nods again:: We'll go next year.
Maeve Owens: DK: ::she really doesnt want to have to tell Josh anything, so she stays quiet::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::looks up at his older brother; then says:: Isaac's not been feeling well, Josh. Let him get down the stairs and sit down
YarnKittymon: JH: ::backs away from Isaac, looking worried:: What's wrong with him? ::looks up at Isaac, even more worried; softly:: His birthday's tomorrow...
Maeve Owens: DK: ::she moves to put an arm around Josh's shoulder:: He's fine. He was sick but he's practically 100% better.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::tries to smile reassuringly; though he does look pale still and he hasn't been eating much:: Yeah, just a bit tired still ::starts to walk down the rest of the stairs::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::takes Isaac's hand once he's off the stairs, leading him to the couch::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::sits down, smiling at Josh, though he doesn't really know what to say any more than the other two::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::sits next to Isaac, looking up at him:: You're doing better, though?
Quantum Catz: IS: I... ::looks up at Dolly and Eli, then looks down:: I'm...having trouble remembering some things...but i'm sure they'll come back to me...
YarnKittymon: JH: ::eyes widen; softly:: Like what? What don't you remember?
Maeve Owens: DK: ::just looks sadly at them::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::softly:: Things from Marquis mainly
YarnKittymon: JH: Like what? ::pauses:: I guess if you forgot them you wouldn't know. You remember Maeve though, right?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::not looking at Josh:: No, not really...
YarnKittymon: JH: ::eyes widen, and he looks down; quietly:: We wouldn't be in Marquis if it weren't for her.
Quantum Catz: IS: Well...i...haven't really talked to her since i was ill
Maeve Owens: DK: ::she glances to Eli, looking rather worried and wondering if they should stop Josh from reminding him more about Maeve::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::shakes his head, looking dazed; softly:: You loved her...how could you forget her?
Maeve Owens: DK: ::she winces::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks rather surprised and doesn't really know what to say:: Well...like i said...i'm sure...it'll come back...
YarnKittymon: JH: ::softly:: What if it doesn't?
Maeve Owens: DK: ::doesnt have a good answer so she stays quiet::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::mutters:: Well Maeve left nearly as soon as he woke up, so i'd guess nothing much is gonna happen if it doesn't
YarnKittymon: JH: ::slumps his shoulders, rather dejected::
Maeve Owens: DK: ::quietly:: It'll be okay. He at least remembers a little bit about us.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks up at Dolly, almost sounding afraid to ask:: What'd he forget about us?
Maeve Owens: DK: ::she winces; quietly:: He doesn't remember *anything* to do with Marquis.
Quantum Catz: IS: But it's fine really, it'll probably all come back once i'm feeling well again
YarnKittymon: JH: ::quietly:: Does Maeve still come to visit?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::sighs:: I already told you, she hasn't been here since she found out
YarnKittymon: JH: ::frowns deeply, slipping off the couch::
Maeve Owens: DK: She's probably been busy at work...
YarnKittymon: JH: Is that where she is now?
Maeve Owens: DK: ::she shrugs:: I dont know. Why?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::quietly:: I'm gonna go find her.
Maeve Owens: DK: Josh, if she wants to come visit she will...
Quantum Catz: IS: Yeah, Josh - just leave her be - it's not an easy thing to deal with
YarnKittymon: JH: ::firmly:: I want to tell her about the fireworks anyway. I'll bet she'd have liked them.
Maeve Owens: DK: Josh... you just got back from camp. :
YarnKittymon: JH: ::shakes his head, walking towards the door:: I'll be back once I've talked to her.
Maeve Owens: DK: ::sighs::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::doesn't argue against Josh, though he probably would've at least said something before he lost his memories, he just remains silent::
Maeve Owens: DK: When you feel better we'll take you around to meet everyone... maybe it'll help in remembering....
YarnKittymon: JH: ::slips out::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::just nods at Dolly:: I think i'm gonna go back to bed for a while, i still feel awfully tired
Maeve Owens: DK: ::sadly, she nods:: Okay. Just yell if you need anything.
Quantum Catz: IS: K ::heads back up the stairs::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::throws open the door to Libby's
shop, looking around for Maeve; he's obviously upset::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she's leaning against the counter, taking a much needed break while there's no one about. Her head snaps up when she hears the door:: Josh... you're back. ::notices his expression and quickly comes around the counter:: What's wrong?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looking Maeve in the eyes; quietly:: Isaac's really sick.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::pales:: He got worse? When?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::very slowly:: I don't know if he's sicker than he was when you left him. ::more quickly, almost accusingly:: Why haven't you visited him?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she winces, looking utterly miserable at the accusation but for now she ignores it; rather urgently:: Was he still feverish? Or is it the memory loss? He's still up and moving right?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::nods, looking away; quietly:: If you really cared you could see for yourself.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she drops her gaze, turning away from him; quietly:: I was thinking about stopping by once the store closes for the night.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::nods, leaning against the counter:: Good.
Maeve Owens: MV: So, uh, how was camp? ::smiles tiredly at him::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks at Maeve, frowning:: Why didn't anyone tell me when Isaac got sick? I would've come home.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::sadly:: He came down with it late at night and... by sometime the next day he was back up, walking around again.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::quietly:: When'd he lose his memory?
Maeve Owens: MV: He was like that when he woke up.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::shakes his head, slumping to sit on the floor; softly:: I was out watching fireworks while he was sick.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she leans down next to him, placing a hand on his shoulder:: I'm sorry Josh but it's okay now. He's getting better....
YarnKittymon: JH: ::bows his head; softly:: What will you do if...if he never remembers you?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she slumps down beside him, her gaze fixed on the doors in front of her; mumbles:: I dont know.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::leans against Maeve's arm; softly:: I'm sure he'd fall in love with you again.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smiles sadly:: Maybe.
YarnKittymon: JH: But you're going to stay with him and help him, right?
Maeve Owens: MV: If he'll even want me to.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::cringes; very quietly:: He didn't...tell you to leave when he forgot you, did he?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she shakes her head::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::nods:: He'll remember you someday.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::whispers:: Maybe. ::she frowns, still having second thoughts about getting involved again::
YarnKittymon: JH: What's wrong?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she snaps out of it quickly, forcing a tiny smile:: Nothing, I'm just tired that's all.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::smiles weakly:: I guess Mrs. Richards wouldn't know if you let me finish your shift for you so you could see Isaac and get to sleep.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::cant help but to chuckle at at:: I'll be here till past your bed time. ::she grins down at him:: But thanks for the offer.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::grins:: You can sleep in the corner and I'll wait on the customers for you.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::jokingly:: I think my snoring would distract them from their shopping.
YarnKittymon: JH: Don't you have some cotton around here? They could just stuff it in their ears.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::laughs:: Well, still, I dont think they come hear to see a woman asleep in the corner then forced to stuff cotton in their ears.
YarnKittymon: : ::the door swings open, its bell ringing, as a tired-looking woman--almost certainly a tourist and probably a farmer, judging from her clothes--comes in the door::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::struggles to her feet, then plasters a bright smile on her face:: Hello! Can I help you with anything?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::gets up too::
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman laughs slightly, rather taken-aback at the sight of a saleswoman sitting on the floor:: Er...I was just looking for a new blouse. Something inexpensive.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods, then quickly leads her over to two racks, pointing out several types:: There's a few over here that are cheaper than the others.
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman follows Maeve, looking rather overwhelmed at the clothes in front of her::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she bites her lip, watching the woman for a moment while taking in the colors she's wearing, and the style, then pulling a similar type off the rack:: What about this? Not too pricy and it's light enough for summer?
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman looks even more surprised at the garment in front of her, a sensible, simple thing, well-made, and a bit nicer than the blouse she's wearing must have been years ago, when it was new:: I'm...sure I can't afford that, miss. Or Mrs., I should say?
YarnKittymon: ((I think it was like $2 or $2.50...at least it was in the year 2000 or so, but the
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she blinks, her mind flashing back to her desperate proposal before she shakes her head to clear the thought; quietly:: Um, no. Ms.... Owens. And it's only 2 gold.
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman cringes; softly:: I'm sorry; I'd assumed...::glances at Josh, then shakes her head:: I'm...I'm sorry...but do you have anything cheaper? I could mend it...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her eyes flicker to Josh, and it's a little clear she's rather shocked. She shakes her head again, sure it's the lack of sleep effecting her brain:: Um, I... let me see. ::she searches through that rack some more, then turns to the one right beside it::
YarnKittymon: : ::the shirt Maeve picks up is navy blue--too dark for summer, really--and missing its top button, but the woman smiles to see it:: I'll give you 1 gold for it.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she smiles sadly, then nods her head; quietly:: It's a deal.
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman softly says:: Thank you. ::she rummages through her ragged purse, counting out five tiny silver coins, equalling a gold, and presses them into Maeve's hand::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she smiles, and nods:: You're welcome. ::she takes the coins up to the counter, opens up the cash box and drops them in before grabbing a box for the garment::
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman smiles shyly at Maeve, pulling her hair back from her face:: Thank you so much.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::nods again:: Any time. ::she holds out the box to her::
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman takes it, looking back at Josh for a moment with a smile, then hurries out of the shop::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she sighs heavily, her shoulders drooping once the woman is gone::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::smiles slightly at Maeve before sobering a bit:: I'm sure she didn't really think you looked old enough to be my mom.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her eyes widen:: Oh. I hadn't even thought of that. ::she frowns, then shrugs:: Oh well. With the way I look maybe she thought I was.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::frowns:: Well, I'm smaller than most kids my age, so maybe she thought I was younger.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smiles a little:: Or maybe an assumption was all it was.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::nods, and leans against the counter again; softly:: I guess maybe I should go back home. I don't think Isaac's worried or anything, though.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods, looking thoughtful again; softly:: You've been away for a while. I'm sure the others would like some time with you.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::nods:: Promise you'll come over after you're done working?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::hesitates just a second before nodding:: I'll come by.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::quietly, walking backwards towards the door:: I'll try to stay up but if Isaac makes me go to bed, good night.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smiles; quietly:: Good night Josh. I'm glad you made it back safely.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::leaves, but pokes his head back in just a second later; quietly:: Why *did* you run away from Isaac? Were you scared to get sick?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her eyes widen, and for a moment all she can do is stare. Once she drops her gaze; sofly::: No... I wasn't scared to get sick.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::slips back into the shop:: Then what was it?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she winces, shaking her head.:: I... I guess I... ::she sighs, wishing she was a little more awake to come up with a decent lie::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::draws closer to Maeve, looking up at her silently::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::sadly, she turns away; weakly:: I can't explain it Josh
YarnKittymon: JH: ::quietly:: I guess you're upset that he doesn't remember you. But it's not his fault.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods:: I know it's not.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::turns away:: It's no one's fault. He just got sick.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she cringes; then mutters half heartedly:: Uh-huh.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks back at Maeve, curiously:: Then whose fault do you think it is?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she looks back, rather stunned, and wondering what was in her response to make him think that. She quickly shakes her head, hoping he doesn't notice the guilt in her eyes:: Um, no one...
YarnKittymon: JH: ::softly:: How'd it happen? They didn't tell me anything, just that he got sick. It's almost his birthday but they said he was OK.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::relaxes just a bit; quietly:: He came back from helping another town out with an outbreak of something. He came back sick...
YarnKittymon: JH: ::cringes:: He's going to hurt himself someday, heoping people.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she winces, remembering the woman's words:: Yeah. Um, someone will have to make sure he takes it easy in the future...
YarnKittymon: JH: You'll have to do that; he won't listen to the rest of us.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she turns away to hide the tears; softly:: Yeah, and what makes you think he'll listen to me?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::quietly:: We read a story in school...it said the heart and soul can remember what the mind's forgotten.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods her head; then sadly:: Too bad life never works out the same as it does in fairy tails.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::shrugs:: Mr. and Mrs. Richards got their happily ever after, didn't they?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she smiles weakly:: Yeah. Who knows. Maybe there's hope for the rest of us. ::and depending on how well he knows her, he might be able to tell she doesn't believe a word she just said::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::goes over to Maeve and hugs her; quietly:: Well, I'm not going to get sick and forget what a good person you are.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she cringes again, glad he can't know how far from the truth that might be; softly:: I'd hope you wouldn't get sick. ::she squeezes him once then lets go:: You're one special kid, kid. ::she ruffles his hair, grinning weakly;:
YarnKittymon: JH: ::smiles at Maeve:: There's probably someone on the island who can make Isaac better. You'll see.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods:: Yeah, hopefully
YarnKittymon: JH: ::a bit more soberly, heading for the door again:: I'll see you later.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::quietly::All right. Bye Josh.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::waves to Maeve and then makes his way back home::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::more nervous than she has
been in a long time, Maeve walks up the front steps to Isaac's
home, and knocks softly on the door::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::opens the door and frowns when he sees Maeve:: What do you want? Leave something behind in your rush to get out before?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smirks:: Yeah, my sanity. ::she pauses; quietly:: Is he up to seeing anyone?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::frowns at her:: Thought you didn't want to see him anyway?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::forces a small smile:: Can we chalk it all up to temporary insanity and forget it happened?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::wryly, not completely managing to disguise a look of sadness:: Well he's managed to forget everything else ::he steps out of the way to let Maeve past, not looking at her::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she winces; quietly:: Sorry.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::shrugs:: He's in the living room ::turns to head upstairs to his room, muttering:: If it takes Josh to get you back here again, you won't be let in the next time
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she bites her lip to keep from mentioning it was more than just Josh as she makes her way into the living room::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::is lying on the couch, reading a book; his face is pale and drawn and his eyes look tired; looks up when Maeve comes up, sitting up in his seat:: Oh, hey...Josh said you'd...you might come by
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she comes to stand beside the couch, offering him a sad smile:: Yeah. I thought I'd drop in and see how you were doing...
Quantum Catz: IS: ::Smiles weakly:: You didn't have to - he wasn't happy when Eli said you hadn't been round but...it's your decision, not his
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she winces:: I know. And there was a perfectly good reason in my mind for staying away, but I really did want to see you... ::she pauses; looking worried:: you are getting better, aren't you?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::shrugs:: I'm just tired mainly - recovering, i guess ::indicates the nearby chair:: You can sit down if you want...unless you're not staying....
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods, then quietly:: I'll stay, that is if you want me to, and if you're not too tired.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::smiles wearily:: It'll be good to talk to someone other than.... ::hesitates:: It's not easy, it's like they're my family...but they're not - i hardly recognised Josh when he got home...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she sinks down into the chair, looking rather unsure of herself:: I'm sorry it's been so hard. Maybe as you get to know them over time, something will trigger a memory?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::shrugs:: I told Josh i'd probably remember things once i got better - it felt like a lie but i didn't know what else to say to him
Maeve Owens: MV: ::inwardly she winces:: Why does it feel like a lie?
Quantum Catz: IS: Cos it feels like there's nothing there to remember, and even the memories i do have aren't all that clear - like, i remembered that Mom was dead but Eli had to tell my how and why and when she actually died; and i remembered be
Quantum Catz: ing on a boat out on the sea but i didn't have a clue what i was doing there
Maeve Owens: MV: Doesn't sound like nothing to me if you were able to remember your mother, no matter how unclear they are... at least there's still something there. That should give you a little hope...that not every little piece is gone.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks at Maeve uncertainly for a moment and then says:: Josh told me ::hesitates:: i loved you...before this happened - i don't know if you knew that but i guess you did if you were looking after me when i got ill
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she smiles slightly, not all that surprised Josh told him that. She's hesitant to add anything else to that, so she only nods her head::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::hesitates again and then:: Did you love me?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::looking mildly surprised by his question, and just a bit afraid of the consequences to the answer; quietly:: Yes.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::doesnt respond for a moment and then says:: Eli didn't think you'd come back
Maeve Owens: MV: ::forces a weak smile:: I, uh, had some issues of my own to work through...
Quantum Catz: IS: Oh ::looks like he's about to ask about them but in the end just says:: I've been sleeping most of the time anyway
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she glances away; quietly:: That's probably good. Although, once you're up to it, you should probably get out and see the town. You never know if something familiar will spark a memory or something.
Quantum Catz: IS: Yeah, i guess so ::runs his hand though his hair, sighing::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she watches him for a minute, debating on whether or not to say anything, when she finally takes a deep breath and plunges in:: If it gives you some hope, my sister had amnesia and she forgot everything. But the more time we s
Maeve Owens: pent together, the more she began to remember. So it might not be that different for you...
Quantum Catz: IS: ::Smiles weakly at her:: Thanks, i guess it does. A part of me just really wants to go home...and then i have to remind myself that this is home
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods; sadly:: I'm sorry. Especially sorry that it's an old doctor's place. ::her nose wrinkles, showing her distaste of the medical profession::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::chuckles:: What did doctors ever do to you?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::scoffs:: More like what have they *ever* done *for* me other than practically kill me?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks rather bemused:: I guess that's a good reason not to like them
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods:: I think so.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks at her for a moment and then asks:: Did you grow up here? On the island, i mean
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she shakes her head; slightly awed that she's telling him this again:: No... I grew up in Ireland.
Quantum Catz: IS: Oh...i guess i should know this all already, huh?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she winces, looking guilty since it must have shown on her face:: It's okay if you want to know. Go ahead and ask away. I guess it isn't fair that I still know a lot about you... ::she shrugs::
Quantum Catz: IS: I don't know what to ask...it just feels kind of...awkward, i guess
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods:: Yeah. I know. I just didn't want you to think you couldn't if a question ever did come to mind... like where I grew up for instance. ::smiles::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::smiles back weakly:: I just wish i could remember it without having to ask
Maeve Owens: MV: ::quietly:: So do I. ::she looks away, then slowly gets to her feet:: You're probably exhausted... I should let you get some sleep....
Quantum Catz: IS: Okay...I guess i'll see you later then?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods:: Sure. And if you want, this time I'll make sure it's sooner than two days from now.
Quantum Catz: IS: Josh'll probably come hunt you down if you haven't shown up by then ::he sounds amused but the look doesn't quite reach his eyes::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::taking that as a yes, she nods her head:: I wouldn't put it past him. ::looks like she's about to say more, but she changes her mind; instead she smiles back at him:: I'll see you later.
Quantum Catz: IS: Bye
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she hesitates briefly, but in the end she forces her legs to carry her out the door::
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