YarnKittymon: : ::they spend a fairly unpleasant
night and are up early; after another couple hours of travel,
they meet up with the real royal party, which is two carts, very
ornate, with proud white horses drawing them::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::hopes to stay hidden in the cart, having no real desire to meet the real queen, since she's rather nervous about how she'll be like. She has an image and it isn't pretty::
YarnKittymon: : ::the head guard comes off of the other cart, holding out his hand:: Maeve, Harry, you're up.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she sighs, and takes his hand::
YarnKittymon: : ::the real courtiers are helping the real queen out of the pretty cart. The woman is about Libby's age, dressed in a dress every bit as fancy as Maeve's, with large diamond earrings and a lovely gold crown; she's trailed by a child maybe ten years old. The queen and the child are both blonde, and the queen has a serious, almost haughty, expression::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::inwardly groans::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::doesn't look too happy either, thinking that if he has to look out for the child too then he's not going to be having much of a relaxing weekend::
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen takes the girl's hand and looks Maeve and Harry up and down--after a moment, she calls back to one of her carts:: Hester, you'll need to put her hair up!
YarnKittymon: : ::a well-dressed attendant comes out of the second cart and hurries over to Maeve, carrying a stool for her to sit on, and some wicked looking hairdessing tools::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she stops, not moving to sit down, instead staring at the tools. She gulps::
YarnKittymon: : ::the attendant laughs, trying to press Maeve down onto the stool:: Oh, don't be a baby; it will only take five minutes.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she sits, but she's rather tense.::
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen stands straight as a pole, and one of her courtiers belatedly hurries over and bows to the head guard, then Harry and Maeve:: If you'd be pleased to introduce yourself to Her Majesty?
YarnKittymon: : ::the hairdresser instantly sets to work on Maeve, first brushing her hair out::
YarnKittymon: : ::the head guard bows:: Rob Goodman, Your Majesty.
YarnKittymon: HR: ::bows, too, but with quite a bit of a smirk on his face:: Harry Chalmers.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she lifts an eyebrow, glad that she's seated:: Maeve Owens.
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen's eyes widen almost imperceptably at the last two names; softly:: Then it seems I'm already in your debt, for rescuing my kingdom once. I'm sorry I never had a chance to properly thank you.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she looks confused for a moment, her gaze searching out Harry's::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::already recognizes what she's talking about, and smiles slightly:: It was our pleasure, Your Majesty.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::finally realizes that it has nothing to do with their current plan, and she finally smiles::
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve's hairdresser finally sets to work putting Maeve's hair into a quick braid, intertwining artificial flowers and sparkly pins in it::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her eyes widen at the sparkly pins, and she reaches out to grab one:;
YarnKittymon: : ::they're golden, possibly plated with gold, and a bit like standard bobby pins, but with gold sparkling charms on the end::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::is silently looking around at the people surrounding the queen to see how well protected she is already::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she smiles as she moves the thing back and forth so the charm moves, casting little specks of light everywhere::
YarnKittymon: : ::there's about eight real courtiers and guards with the queen; the guards look decent enough, rather burly, armed with swords and spears both, and light armor on, but the courtiers appear completely useless, and are unarmed::
YarnKittymon: : ::in just another minute or two, Hester has finished:: That should work well enough.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she glances up at the woman; quietly:; Thanks. ::turns to carefully stand up::
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen solemnly nods her approval:: Yes, it shall. ::looks at Maeve for a moment longer, then at Harry:: I'll see that you're both rewarded for all you've done for the kingdom of Yarnia.
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve's hair is all done up, leaving her neck bare and little ringlets coming down, perfectly arranged though the stylist didn't have a curling iron::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::blinks:: Um, thank you, but really...that isn't necessarry.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::just thinks that the courtiers are going to be a big waste of space and irritation if someone does attack them; not really listening to the conversation::
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen just nods again, and lets her courtiers escort her over to her new cart; the courtier announces her to the men inside::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::self consciously reaches up to touch the top of her hair::
YarnKittymon: : ::the courtier asks the names of the queen's traveling companions as the girl huddles close to the queen, almost hiding in her skirts::
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen looks just a little surprised to hear Jack's name; quietly:: Well, I owe you my special gratitude as well.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::shrugs:: Wasn't really doin' it fer you, t'be honest
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen doesn't have any response for that, really, and she lets her own courtiers help her into the cart; the girl climbs up after her and sits beside::
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve and Harry's elaborate
cart gets going first, to serve as decoy::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::sitting in the cart with the queen, keeps his eyes on the area around them, watching for movement::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::sitting with her back straight up against the back of the seat. Her eyes are searching the trees too, and if she's nervous, she isn't showing it::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::is right beside Maeve, a serious, almost dangerous, look on his face, but no other indication that he's worried::
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen settles back, not looking very concerned, though her daughter huddles close beside her; trying to start a pleasant conversation:: So do you enjoy life in Marquis? It must be frightening being so close to the radio tower.
Quantum Catz: JK: I don't think anyone's likely to try the same trick again anytime soon
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen nods:: You could be right. Still, I'd just as soon not have *anything* of the sort on the island. ::glances down at her daughter, who shakes her head, frowning::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks down at the girl, and then shrugs:: There are always other ways, take away one opportunity and they'll just find another one day
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen shakes her head, and she talks to the "courtiers" in turn, asking about their families and so forth, including Jack's::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::murmurs; not looking at the queen:: My wife just had our son - left them to come here and-- ::stops just short of saying 'babysit':: And look out for you...
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen looks a tiny bit startled to hear that; softly:: Well, I'm sorry you had to come, and I thank you for it.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::shrugs:: Civic duty, n all that
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen nods:: Well, you have my gratitude. What's your son's name?
Quantum Catz: JK: Milo
YarnKittymon: : ::quietly, almost distantly:: That's a nice name.
YarnKittymon: : ::suddenly, there's a small explosion, that sounds almost like a paper bag bursting; it's ahead of them, in the cart before Maeve and Harry's; all the horses panic and have to be reined in::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::moves closer to the queen and her child, looking ahead of them and around for any signs of danger::
YarnKittymon: : ::one of the courtiers pokes his head in the cart, looking utterly panicked:: There was a...a bomb or something in the road, under the dirt, Your Majesty! One of the wheels in Chester's cart's destroyed!
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she's sitting with her back pressed against the seat, her complexion a little pale from the loud noise. She doesn't try to speak though, just listens::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::glares at the courtier:: Just go and advertise that she's here, why don't you?
YarnKittymon: : ::the courtier flushes at his mistake, bowing:: I'm sorry, Your M--uh...I'm...::looks both ways and then runs off without another word::
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen holds her child closer::
YarnKittymon: : ::the guards have appear to be having a long conversation about whether to go forward or back, never mind that standing in the middle of the road is probably the worst thing they could be doing::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::quietly to Harry:: Maybe you should tell them when need to be moving on. The second cart behind us could go back? And you know... get out of harms way?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::nods, slipping out of the cart:: All right, quit gawking; haven't you ever seen a broken wheel before? Her Majesty must proceed! Command our attendants to take another route to Gate Town!
YarnKittymon: : ::one of the other guards shakes his head:: We can't divert Her--*them*. Mayor's orders.
YarnKittymon: HR: ::groans:: Fine, but pull closer. Leave the courtiers with the cart; we'll send some fellas back here to get them.
YarnKittymon: : ::in a couple minutes, they've urged the skittish horses to continue, but they halt them again when they see a trench across the road, recently filled-in::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::murmurs:: Now what?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::looks out the window:: There's a line of explosives under the road, as likely as not.
YarnKittymon: : ::very suddenly, there's a gunshot; the bullet penetrates the cart Maeve and Harry are in::
YarnKittymon: : ::the little girl whimpers, holding her mother tightly in the other cart::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she yelps, coverng her head::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::reaches out for the girl:: It's okay - as long as your with me, they can't hurt you
YarnKittymon: : ::a couple of the guards' reactions aren't far-removed from Maeve's, though Harry keeps cool:: Calm down, everyone. Anyone hurt?
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 1 4
YarnKittymon: ((Lousy dice :P ))
YarnKittymon: : ::one of the courtiers was shot cleanly in the head, and he died without a sound; he's still sitting, his eyes staring straight ahead like he was startled::
YarnKittymon: : ::the girl looks up at the big tough man, almost trusting the unknown gunman more::
Quantum Catz: ((cheers :P))
Maeve Owens: MV: ::initial shock over, she straightens up::
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen nods gratefully:: It's all right, Helen, I promise. ::looks up at Jack as though to silently ask if they will be safe::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::gets a touch paler when he sees the dead courtier; yells:: Everyone get out of here; fan out! He can't be far off! ::whispers:: Maeve, get *down*.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::since Jack knows he can protect them, there's no uncertainty in his eyes, but he's feeling rather helpless knowing that all he can do is just sit and play the human shield::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smirks:: That's "Your Majesty" to you. ::she does sink a little further down in the seat though::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::crouches down as low as Maeve::
YarnKittymon: : ::the guards around the queen's carriage stay in place, not willing to leave their charge::
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 6 5
YarnKittymon: : ::they suddenly hear one of the guards scream, though without another gunshot::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she sits up:: Did he figure out our plan? ::starts to take a peak out::
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve can see nothing but the forest, and then a few guards running over in that direction::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she sits back:: Something tells me this isn't going to be as easy as we thought.
YarnKittymon: HR: ::falls to examining the dead courtier--the bullet came from an angle, and the entrance wound is in almost the opposite direction that the guards are heading; softly:: I think there's two of them...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::stays inside the cart, and hopefully out of sight. She doesn't answer Harry,::
YarnKittymon: : ::suddenly, the door of the cart swings open, and Lucas is levelling a gun at Maeve, a cold look in his tired eyes::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her eyes widen, but she doesn't move:: Well, hello to you too. ::her gaze drops to the gun, but she isn't sure if it's wise to lunge for it or not::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::smirks, though he's pretty certain they're done for:: Missed your mark, did you?
YarnKittymon: : ::Lucas glares at them, holding the gun with both hands; glances at Harry for just a moment:: You kill that queen, and I'll let your girl live.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smirks:: You won't be offended if we're inclined to not believe you? ::decides to lunge for him, trying to push his gun hand upwards towards the ceiling::
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 5 2
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve gets a piece of the man, who keeps ahold of his gun, but doesn't have it pointed anywhere useful, now--he kicks at Maeve's leg, hard, while Harry joins the fight::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::couldn't see to dodge, and he connects; causing her to yelp. Instead of letting of him, her finger nails dig even harder into his hand:;
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 5 2
YarnKittymon: : ::Lucas tries to fire--if for no other reason, just to startle Maeve--but he can't manage it, and Harry gets the man in a stranglehold; in a low voice:: Drop it.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::attempts to burn his gun hand, hoping it'll make him drop it, and taking a bit of pleasure in it as well; she grins::
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 3 6
YarnKittymon: : ::Lucas yells, dropping the gun::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::grins down at him:: Now you're going to tell us where any other traps you planted are.
YarnKittymon: : ::Lucas spits at Harry::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::quickly retrieves the gun:: Or if you don't... I'd be happy to slowly burn you to death
Quantum Catz: EK: ::they all suddenly hear a dog barking, quickly and sharply, sounding quite like a warning::
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 3 6
YarnKittymon: : ::a knife goes flying by the dog's head, nearly slicing his neck, but just missing::
YarnKittymon: : ::Lucas smirks weakly:: Then get it over with.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::yelps and changes to a bird, flying up into the air::
YarnKittymon: : ::a couple of the guards who were in the forest come running to where the dog was, though they can't see anything::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she looks up at Harry; frowning:: Did you hear a dog barking just then?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::nods absently, his focus still on Lucas:: Yeah.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::circles in the air around where the person with the knife is, though he can't see his movements in the trees so well from the air; cries out to draw the guards attention::
YarnKittymon: : ::the girl that Eli can only just see through the trees has drawn a crossbow now and is running at full-speed towards the middle cart::
YarnKittymon: : ::most of the guards don't seem to get it, but a couple pick up on the fact that they're being helped, and go running in the direction of the bird::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::tries to make her way out of the cart, wondering why there's a dog around::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::follows after her::
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve has a hard time getting out of the cart, with her skirts, but she manages it in the end::
YarnKittymon: : ::the girl stops behind a tree, within sight of the cart; she readies the crossbow, leveling it at the cart window::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::glances around, then back at Lucas:: Did you have a partner out there?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::dives down towards the woman::
YarnKittymon: : ::Lucas just glares silently at Maeve::
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 1 3
YarnKittymon: : ::the girl can't even fire before she's faced with a bird; cries out, trying to protect her eyes::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::is just trying to distract her until the guards reach her::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her gaze quickly turns back to the forest, and a second later she heads off in that direction, wishing she wasn't wearing all this heavy clothing::
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 6 1
YarnKittymon: : ::the girl swats at Eli, trying to push him aside, and when he won't leave her alone, she just runs towards the cart, drawing another knife, and rushes at the nearest guard, trying to stab him::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::changes back to a dog and races after her::
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard is caught unawares, and besides, wouldn't know how to go about fighting a girl, so he gets sliced up pretty good::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::confused by the dog, and not wanting to abandon Harry, she hesitates to move, but once the guard doesnt even lift a finger, she takes off after them, albeit rather slowly::
Quantum Catz: ((how old is the girl?))
YarnKittymon: ((somewhere between 15 and 19))
Maeve Owens: ((abandon*** can spell... honestly :D ))
Quantum Catz: JK: ::mutters to himself:: Great, we're fighting a kid
Quantum Catz: EK: ::grabs for the girls ankle with his teeth, trying to pull her back::
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 4 3
YarnKittymon: : ::the girl shrieks, kicking at Eli, and catching him on the snout::
YarnKittymon: : ::finally, the guards outside the cart come forward; one raises his crossbow at the girl, so close he wouldn't miss even though she's struggling with the other guard:: Drop it, kiddo.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::yelps when the girl kicks him but backs away since the guards seem to have her now::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::She walks the rest of the way to them, and stays close enough in case the guards fail to handle her right. She's frowning at the dog, almost positive it's Eli; she smirks, then quietly:: You okay?
YarnKittymon: : ::the girl glares at the guard with the crossbow, with tears in her eyes, and curses at him, adding:: And I'll kill that queen of yours! ::struggles to get loose, kicking and biting and stomping on anything she can reach; a couple of the guards let her go::
YarnKittymon: : ::the girl is still held by a guard, but in the commotion she'd managed to draw the dagger from another guard, and stabs her captor in the arm::
Maeve Owens: MV: :;she groans, then lunges for the woman, trying to restrain her:: Someone get some rope or something for these two before you end up letting em loose!
Quantum Catz: EK: ::snarls at the girl, rubbing at his snout with his paw::
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 6 2
YarnKittymon: : ::the girl brings up her leg, trying to kick Maeve in the face, though she spins wide and hits the guard she wounded instead--suddenly, she screams, as one of the guards shoots and a crossbow bolt goes through her chest::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her eyes widen, and she gasps, pulling away from her. She glances up at the guard; sharply:: We could have restrained her!
Quantum Catz: JK: ::opens the door to the cart when he hears the girl scream, looking from the bolt to the man who fired it; to the rest of the guards:: Have you checked the area for anyone else?
YarnKittymon: : ::the girl drops the knife, looking straight ahead, a bitter smirk on her face as she tries to hide the pain::
YarnKittymon: : ::one of the guards from Marquis says:: We looked, but we'd best keep looking to be sure. ::nods and shouts an order, though the royal guards aren't too eager to leave their queen (except the royal guard who shot the girl, who seems ready to look for some more action), and one of Marquis's guards stays behind, laying the girl down and trying to save her::
Maeve Owens: MV: Now do you have anything to restrain the other one with? Harry has him...
Quantum Catz: EK: ::grumbles and flies up to sit on top of the cart, back to being a bird - he didn't notice anyone aroudn before so he doesn't think there is anyone, is rather shocked by what happened to the girl anyway, so just watched her, silently::
YarnKittymon: : ::one of the queen's guards murmurs:: There's some rope in the back of this cart.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::moves to go get it::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::softly, to the guard tending the girl:: Is there anything you can do for her?
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard shakes his head; softly:: I think she's dead...
Quantum Catz: JK: ::sighs:: She was just a kid...
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard's still staring at her:: They'll all think she's a martyr now, you know, just an innocent killed by the government.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she glances up at Eli when she passes on her way to give Harry the rope, smiling sadly at him.::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::has Lucas trapped in the cart, leveling the gun at him; softly:: You wanna cover me while I tie him?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::takes a deep breath:: I'd say she made her own choice to come here but who at that age really knows what the hell they're doing. ::runs his hand through his hair; mutters:: this is all a load of crap
YarnKittymon: : ::one of the other guards glares at Jack:: We had to protect our queen.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::quietly:: I think you're better at a gun than I am. And I know how to tie knots, remember?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::nods; softly, looking at Lucas:: You try anything and she'll burn your face off, and I'll shoot your kneecap. ::smirks::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::glares back at the man:: Protecting isn't the same as killing
Maeve Owens: MV: ::moves closer to tie him up; sadly:: They killed the girl.
YarnKittymon: HR: ::blinks:: What girl? ::frowns:: The girl that escaped when they caught the others?
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen looks out the window of the cart, softly asking:: Is it safe?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she finishes securing his hands, and steps back; quietly:: Yep. She couldn't have been more than maybe, 16? 17? years old. ::she shakes her head::
Quantum Catz: JK: They're still looking but i reckon so
YarnKittymon: : ::Lucas curses softly:: And you think *we're* the villains.
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen pulls back into the cart to kiss her daughter on the forehead, then opens the door, calling for a courtier to help her out::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::softly:: I'd prefer it if you two stayed together, and near me
Maeve Owens: MV: ;:she smirks, but doesn't bother to reason with him, just turns to leave again::
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen reaches her hand back into the cart, but her daughter shakes her head, refusing to move, so the queen looks back at Jack; softly:: What's this about a girl being killed?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::bluntly:: There was a girl trying to get to you - one of your guards shot her
YarnKittymon: HR: ::ties the man's ropes to a hook in the cart, for good measure, but stays near him, debating whether or not to keep the gun for good, or to turn it in as he should::
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen turns rather white, and one of her courtiers steadies her::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she walks over to where Eli is perched, looking up at him; quietly:: You okay?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::makes a sort of nodding motion with his head, but doesn't respond with anything other than that::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she laughs quietly, and shakes her head:: I can't believe you followed me out here.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::if he was any other animal, he'd probably make an attempt at rolling his eyes but instead just doesn't reply::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she smiles:: Well, thanks for the help. ::shaking her head, she starts to walk off again::
YarnKittymon: : ::the guards finally return:: We don't see anyone anywhere near, and that trench ahead of us is just a decoy.
Maeve Owens: MV: It might not be likely since it looks like they took their stand here.. but what if they placed more up ahead just in case?
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen looks at the royal guard who's still holding his crossbow; softly:: Well, Guard Blake could take one of the horses from the broken cart and ride ahead, test our road for us. Other than that, we'll have to hope for the best.
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard nods soberly; softly:: Yes, Your Majesty. ::hurries off to obey::
YarnKittymon: : ::in about twenty minutes, the girl's been wrapped and put in the third cart, along with the dead courtier, and they're on their way::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::is still prepared for something else to happen to them but he tries to look relaxed::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::cant seem to sit still since she's rather anxious to be free of this dress::
YarnKittymon: : ::the little girl asks her mother what happened, and the queen refuses to tell her, which just makes the child more anxious::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::exhales deeply as he sits next to Maeve:: You okay?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smiles weakly:: Yes, I just want out of this thing.
YarnKittymon: HR: ::keeping both eyes on Lucas; softly:: Soon enough.
YarnKittymon: : ::the rest of the trip is uneventful, and the sun is just setting by the time they make it in to Marquis--Harry and Maeve's cart is still in front, and a crowd's gathered in the hopes of seeing the queen of Yarnia, so they're cheered as they make their way in::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her eyes widen, and she looks over at Harry:: They think the queen is in this cart... don't they? ;:she doesn't sound at all thrilled::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::grins:: The folks in front will see soon enough if we get out, you know.
Maeve Owens: MV: Yeah... but you don't think they'll feel cheated enough to start throwing things do you?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::leans back in his seat in the cart:: Well, we can just stay in; I'm sure the queen will get out soon enough, with Jack there to protect her. ::pauses, smirking:: I could ask the driver to take you around to Isaac's.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she shrugs:: I have to get out of this dress first... ::she sits back, ready to let the queen take the first plunge::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::laughs:: You don't want to show up at his doorstep and claim you just found out you were some kingdom's long lost princess?
YarnKittymon: : ::as their cart comes into town, the queen looks at Jack, softly asking:: Do you think it's safe to give the address I'd planned?
Quantum Catz: JK: If you let me stick near you, yeah
Maeve Owens: MV: ::laughs:: Yeah, right. No one would fall for that.
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen nods, and one of the courtiers shouts ahead to the driver, and they go around to a small stage area, where there's a hopeful crowd gathered, waiting to see the queen::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::grins:: Still, if you got a laugh...Isaac's in need of those, isn't he?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she frowns:: Yeah, but I'm reluctant to go less it looks like I'm ... ::she shakes her head; quietly:: Never mind.
YarnKittymon: HR: No, what?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::shrugs:: I don't know. It might seem like I'm throwing myself at him... ::she winces::
YarnKittymon: : ::one of the courtiers helps the queen out of the cart, and she keeps her frightened daughter close::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::shrugs:: You let a couple dozen other men see you like this; why not him?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::follows behind the queen::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::shrugs again:: I don't know. It's different with Isaac now... and if I run over there first thing what's it going to look like?
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen didn't have time to get her hair fixed, but it's dark enough, that no one seems to notice, and they all applaud to see her approach the platform, crown and all...though there's a few stifled laughs from the people
YarnKittymon: who can tell who her courtier is::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::smiles:: Like you like him.
Maeve Owens: MV: Too much though? He doesn't even feel anything for me anymore except maybe friendship.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::keeps his eye out for any of his regulars sniggering and plans to refuse them all drinks the next time they walk in the bar; glares at anyone who happens to catch his eye::
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen takes her place without any introduction, and launches into a rather dull but well-meant speech about unity between the towns of Kitar Island, and how she hopes they can all band together against the shared menaces they face::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::frowns:: If *that's* true, then just give up on him.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::stares at Harry for a moment:: You do know he doesn't remember anything right?
YarnKittymon: HR: Yeah, and if he can't feel at least a *little* something for a pretty girl like you after you've been trying for a week, maybe it's not meant to be.
YarnKittymon: : ::the crowd cheers at the end of the brief speech, though few, if any, among them know what in the world she's referring to; she retreats quickly afterwards, whispering to Jack:: Thank you for all your help.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::shrugs:: 'S alright
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she sits there, staring blankly; quietly:: But I can't just leave... I... ::she shakes her head, then moves to get out of the cart::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::stays in with the prisoner:: Good luck, Maeve, whatever you do.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods numbly, and heads off, her feet carrying her in the direction of her house::
YarnKittymon: : ::the queen goes back to stay at a rented private residence for the night, with Jack and her hairdresser to guard her and her daughter::
On to Tuesday, July 18, 1933
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