YarnKittymon: LB: ::is going fairly mad in the
tavern, especially being away from Milo so long; she's about ready
to risk a breakout::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she's staring at the window, seriously thinking about jumping::
YarnKittymon: : ::they can hear the raucous noise of revelers on the main floor beneath their feet; though Libby hasn't had a drop since she's still hoping to have another child, the noises make her sigh::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::has been to check on the kids a few times, since Isaac hasn't wanted to leave Maeve, as well as sleep in her own bed, though she still doesn't look 100% well she's not been coughing as much::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she's tuned out the noise, though she gets up to start pacing again.:: This is crazy. ::she stalks towards the door:: I've had it! I've spent enough time hiding!
YarnKittymon: TY: ::stands up warily:: Maeve, a madman is still after you, so far as we know.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she turns back, glaring:: And if *I* stay in here, he'll still be after me next week, and the week after that, and the week after that.
Quantum Catz: IS: We should wait till Jack's back - that's what we decided
Maeve Owens: MV: Well, Jack apparently hasn't been able to find anything.
YarnKittymon: LB: ::quietly:: He found out the man who was after us was just a hit man.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smirks:: I didn't need Jack to tell me that.
YarnKittymon: LB: Well, he's likely still after you, Maeve. ::shakes her head:: You have no idea how it felt...to be certain you were dead...I can't do that again.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she frowns, and looks away; quietly:: Well, we need to do *something*. Staying put here isn't getting us anywhere.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::quietly:: Maybe we should all move to Gate Town. It's a lot easier to get lost in a crowd there.
YarnKittymon: LB: ::shakes her head:: This place is *more* modern than there, Toby; you know that.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::softly:: How modern it is here doesn't really matter if it's not safe
Maeve Owens: MV: ::mutters:: Moving to gate twon won't solve the problem either. I'm sure he'd eventually find me, or Libby, there as well.
YarnKittymon: TY: But at least you two would be somewhere safer, while we're trying to find the source of the problem!
Maeve Owens: MV: ::groans: But we're no closer to a solution now than we were two days ago!
Maeve Owens: ::the noise down stairs get substantially louder with the addition of chairs, and tables being knocked over. It sounds almost like a fight has broken out::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::smirks at Maeve:: And now you're worried you're missing the action, aren't you?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::grumbles:: Getting into a fight down there is a lot better than being stuck up here.
YarnKittymon: LB: ::frowns:: I hope Jack's not in the middle of it.
Maeve Owens: ::they hear heavy footsteps on the stairs then a loud banging on their door:: FIre! Get out! ::the noise continues on down the hall as the person stops at each door.::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she jumps, and stares for a moment at the door, thinking it must be a joke::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::swallows hard, getting up::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::gets to his feet as well, forming a bucket of water, just in case, then checks the door::
Maeve Owens: ::there's smoke in the hall, and there's still a lot of noise down stairs. Someone comes running down the hall, almost knocking the door back on Toby::
Quantum Catz: IS: A fire here can't be a coincidence
YarnKittymon: TY: ::quietly:: Okay, everyone, stay close. You have a knife or something, Isaac?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::shakes his head:: Not something i usually feel a need for
YarnKittymon: TY: ::makes Isaac a sheathed hunting-length knife, and hands it to him, then goes back to the door; in a low voice:: Girls, stay close to me. Isaac, cover their back.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::waits for the women to go on ahead::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::takes a deep breath, a part of her wishing she had just stayed at home, though she doesn't want to leave her friends::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she gets towards the back of the line, and waits for Toby to lead them down. Smoke is already coming underneath their door::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::quietly:: Stay low to the ground; ther's better. ::is already coughing a bit::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::walks quickly, trying his best not to be separated from the others; he holds Becky's hand tight, squeezing it::
Maeve Owens: ::the smoke is thick in the tavern so the closer they get to the exit, the harder it is to see::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::starts coughing, though he's greatly relieved to at least be down the stairs; he keeps ahold of Becky but can't even see the others::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::keeps coughing as the smoke gets thicker, only knowing where she's going because of Toby::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she has one hand on Libby's shoulder to make sure her friend stays in front of her, while she hopefully still has a hold of Isaac's hand. The smoke is burning her lungs, and she stops in order to lean over to cough.::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::is feeling faint herself, half-praying that Jack will come and rescue her::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::stays close to Maeve, though he's started to cough too::
Maeve Owens: ::Suddenly, Isaac feels Maeve being wrenched from his side as a fowl smelling drunk covered in soot comes charging through in his haste to get out::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::is caught in a coughing fit and doesn't even notice Maeve is gone::
Quantum Catz: IS: Maeve!
Maeve Owens: ::she seems to disappear into the thick smoke, and crowded entrance, though he hears a faint voice shouting his name::
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve hears a terrible coughing right next to her, and then feels an arm around her::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::coughs and then runs forward to reach Libby::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::stuck between so many bodies, she can't really move anywhere, and through another coughing fit she just hopes it's Isaac that found her::
YarnKittymon: : ::the person who has Maeve tries to drag her out, pulling her hair in the process::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::stays crouched low, putting her sleeve in front of her face, trying to breathe::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she sucks in a painful gasp, and wishes she hadn't when her lungs fill up even more with smoke. She about doubles over, coughing::
Quantum Catz: IS: Libby! I can't find Maeve ::coughs more:: We need to stop and find her
YarnKittymon: LB: ::coughs hard, then shouts out:: Maeve! Maeve!
YarnKittymon: TY: ::belatedly hears Libby's cries, but they're so close to the exit...guiltily, he decides to help Becky to the exit, just now wondering why she walked the whole way::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::tears blurr her vision as she tries to break free from the crowd. She answers their calls, but her voice is likely to hoarse now for them to hear::
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve hears heavy coughs again, and someone tries to drag her away, though she finally hears the stranger ask:: Maeve?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she coughs, and nods her head, not really thinking the man after them would be inside the building:: Who- ::she tries to turn around to look::
YarnKittymon: : ::it's hard to see from the smoke, but it's almost as though Maeve is looking at her father::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::nearly falls over at one point, still coughing and feeling like she's about to faint, but she turns anyway when she hears Libby:: Maeve?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her eyes grow wide, and she gasps again which leads her into another coughing fit::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::coughing, himself; belatedly, makes as good a mask as he can--not much more than a wet cloth--for Becky, and then himself; shouts:: You get out, Becky! I'll go back and find her!
YarnKittymon: : ::the man has all the coldness that Maeve's father was capable of having when he was displeased...and he's perhaps the age he was when he died; he tries to push Maeve against a wall::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::stands there for a moment, feeling undecided, and then, remembering what Libby said the other day, nods and moves towards the exit::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::belatedly tries to dig in her heels, refusing to go, though she ends up tumbling against it anyway; amazed.:: Who are you?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::is starting to panic now, and is still shouting Maeve's name, though his voice is starting to get hoarse::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::is spending more time coughing than yelling at this point::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::walks far enough with Becky to be sure she'll be safe, then turns back, shouting:: Maeve! Libby! Isaac!
Maeve Owens: ::the smoke is getting thicker, and they can almost feel the flames getting closer to them. A man runs right into Isaac, and he angrily shoves him out of the way.::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::is still trying to call for Maeve::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man draws Maeve closer, and she feels something sharp pressed to her back, not cutting her--yet:: Of course he wouldn't have told you about *us*.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::stumbles as the man knocks him away::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::a sick feeling of dread washes over her, and she shivers, afraid once more of yet another knife sinking in to her; weakly:: You're crazy ::though now that she's face to face with him she can't really deny it::
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve can hear tears in the man's face:: You took my brother! ::holds Maeve tightly, trying to drag her out the nearest door::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she coughs again, and tries to fight him. She attempts to form a fireball to burn him with, but gets rather frustrated when nothing happens::
Maeve Owens: ::the man who occasionally runs the bar when Jack isn't there runs right into Libby, and would have knocked her over if he hadn't reached out to catch her; surprised:: Mrs. Richards! Come on, lets get you out of here...
YarnKittymon: : ::the man growls:: I even missed the funeral--if he had one! ::Maeve feels the knife just cut her, but the man evidently thinks better of it, and tries to pull her away::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::still coughing:: Maeve...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she yelps, panicking there for a minute that he was really going to kill her. She's almost afraid to fight; snaps:: He didn't! Though most murderers don't deserve one!
Maeve Owens: : I'm sure she already made it out. ::he gently takes Libby's arm, and leads her towards the door::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man gasps, almost trying to restrain a sob, and he yanks Maeve back, hard:: You don't *deserve* an easy death.
YarnKittymon: LB: ::is almost doubled over coughing at this point::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::finally finds Isaac, coughing a bit, though his own mask is helping quite a bit; he makes one for Isaac right off::
Maeve Owens: ::mostly supporting her, the man half carries Libby out the door::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she screams, and struggles harder to get away, trying to elbow the man:: And what would you call what he did to my parents? He deserved to rot in prison! ::more smoke fills her lungs, and she doubles over coughing again, struggling to breathe::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::puts the mask on, his lungs feeling like they're burning, though he still can't see Maeve anywhere in the smoke::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::is on her hands and knees on the ground outside, coughing and trying to clear her lungs::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man finally drags Maeve outside::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::weakly starts trying to stop the fire from the inside, making anything he can get his hands on into water; he's racked with coughs every so often as well::
Maeve Owens: ::everyone is pretty much outstide now, still milling about and coughing horribly. There's still a lot of caos with people looking for their friends and family in the crowd::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she's coughing so hard she's afraid her lungs are going to collapse. Trying to keep breathing, she forgets to even pay attention to where she's being taken::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::shouts to Toby:: If nothing's happened to Maeve then she'll have gone outside
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods, coughing:: Go check!
Quantum Catz: IS: Will you be okay in here?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods, still trying to put the fire out:: Yell if she's out there!
Quantum Catz: IS: ::runs for the door to look for Maeve outside::
Maeve Owens: ::the bartender stays close to Libby, though he's searching the crowd for Jack::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::is too weak to pull away from the bartender::
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve's abductor pulls her into the alley at one side of the tavern, away from the crowd, more or less::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::as soon as he's outside he shouts for maeve again::
YarnKittymon: : ::almost instantly, a few people--one of whom looks truly terrible--beg Isaac to be healed::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::tries desperately to burn him again; angrily:: Why? Why did your *brother* kill them?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looking upset:: I'm sorry - i'll be back as soon as i can - i need to find Maeve ::shouts for her again::
YarnKittymon: : ::the flames do nothing against Maeve's enemy, who almost growls:: They broke Mama's heart! They *killed* her and *he* left us peniless!
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she looks up at him for a moment, but he looks so much like her father that she turns away again, shuddering::
Maeve Owens: ::the only shouts Isaac can hear, are those of them who are working on the fire, and the cries of the injured around him.::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man presses the knife in just a little deeper:: I wish you could feel what Mama felt.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::alarmed, she cries out, and attempts to get away from him and the knife; sharply:: What do you *think* I felt after the two of you destroyed my life? Haven't you done enough? Let go of me! ::she kicks at him::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man yells as Maeve's foot makes contact, and he slashes at her madly::
YarnKittymon: ((1-4 = damage (1=most, 4=least), 5-6 = miss))
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 4 1
Maeve Owens: MV: ::it just grazes her back, and she yelps, diving for cover::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::gives up on shouting for Maeve and runs back to the tavern:: Toby, i can't find her out here either
YarnKittymon: TY: ::is about ready to pass out, though he's stopped a fair amount of the fire; coughs:: She has to be somewhere!
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looking worried:: If she's not in there then whoever started the fire could've found her
YarnKittymon: : ::the man dives at Maeve, holding his knife in front of him:: Are you afraid? Have you lost all hope?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::snaps:: There should at least be a body, then!
Quantum Catz: IS: ::hoarsly:: He could've just taken her away
YarnKittymon: TY: ::coughs again, sounding defeated:: Well, she's not in here. ::heads for the nearest door, still coughing::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she turns in time to have him collide right into her, she tenses; angrily:: You should know by now I don't go down without a fight. ::she attempts to wrap her fingers around his wrist, trying to get him to drop the knife::
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 5 2
YarnKittymon: : ::the man keeps his hold on the knife, and tries to kick Maeve, as high as he can reach::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she has nowhere to go, so he connects nicely with her stomach, causing her to double over in pain::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks around the tavern one more time, desperately hoping that she'll just magically appear, and then heads for the door too::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man grabs Maeve by the hair, facing her, pressing his knife to her neck:: Promise you'll spit in Papa's face when you get to hell and I'll make this quick!
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her hand comes up to hold onto his forearm as images of other circumstances come back to haunt her, and she shudders again; darkly.:: Don't call him that. ::she takes a deep breath, and tries to elbow him in the side again::
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 6 5
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve gets a solid hit in, and the man gasps, doubling over; his knife hand goes down, but he just holds Maeve's hair tighter, pulling it downward::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she cries out again, but she doesn't stop struggling. One hand is still clutching his hand holding the knife which she tries to push away from her. At the same time, she kicks at him again::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::is now sitting on the ground, taking deep breaths, feeling ill::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::is finally free of the bartender, but when she sees the desolation of the tavern, doesn't dare go back in...and when she sees the shape Becky's in, she kneels beside her, wiping her own watering eyes; softly:: You need anything?
YarnKittymon: : ::the man curses, yelling:: You're under a curse! Why isn't it working?!
Maeve Owens: MV: ::stunned, she stops moving for a second:: What?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::shakes her head:: I'll be alright in a bit
YarnKittymon: : ::the man glares:: Mama's sister. ::grumbles:: Maybe I was supposed to kill your friend first.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she glares at him, and squeezes his wrist, trying twist it again::
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 2 5
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve has no success::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man grunts, trying to get a better hold on Maeve again:: Even if you kill me, you're still doomed to lose everyone you love. Just give up; it'll be easier for everyone!
Maeve Owens: MV: ::all the color drains from Maeve's face, and she goes completely still; quietly:: Because of this curse? Why *me*? What did I ever do to you!
YarnKittymon: LB: ::pats Becky's back; softly:: You shouldn't have been there.
YarnKittymon: : You took his attention away. Isn't that enough?
YarnKittymon: : ::when Toby and Isaac are out of the tavern, even more people ask the both of them for help; a couple are so badly burned they're hardly standing::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::snaps:: And you think that's enough to kill everyone over! He must have known you were a psychotic murderer! ::and with that she tries her best to hit him again::
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 5 3
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve makes pretty good contact, and the man lets go; he stands up, with what may turn into a black eye, holding his knife tightly; he runs forward at Maeve::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::when he sees the state of some of the people, he can't help but try and heal the worst of their wounds, though he doesn't want to overuse his powers in case maeve needs him::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: Maybe not, but i couldn't just sit at home and wait to see what happened
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she runs farther down the alley, looking for an escape, or at least a weapon of her own::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::in a small voice, looking sadly at Isaac and Toby, who are several yards away:: Some good it did.
YarnKittymon: : ::the man is standing with his back to the open end of the alley, so Maeve is running towards a burned wall; she might find a bit of rubbish on the ground, though::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::finally, looking at Isaac, shaking his head:: I can keep these people from dying...go look for her.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she bends down to pick up a slightly charred board::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::nods:: Okay ::sighs:: Not that i have any idea where to start
YarnKittymon: TY: ::his shoulders are slumped; he's just about given Maeve up for dead::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: This would all be a lot easier if i could just teleport you two somewhere safe
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve's enemy draws nearer:: You don't know how to use that, do you? ::smirks::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::shakes her head; quietly:: I reckon Jack could've taken us somewhere, if we'd let him.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she turns around abruptly, swinging the board::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::heads away from the tavern, calling Maeve's name occasionally, hoping that she'll reply if she can::
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 3 5
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve hits the man's hand, and he drops his knife, though he quickly ducks to pick it up and tries to rush towards her, under the board, aiming to back her against the wall, or stab her::
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 1 3
Maeve Owens: MV: ::awkwardly swing the board again as she backs away from him::
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 6 1
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve gets a clean hit, and the man drops to the ground::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::the impact jars the piece of wood from her hands, and she drops it. She looks at him for a moment but decides to just dart past him::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man reaches up as Maeve walks by, trying to pull her leg down and stop her; he's still holding the knife as well::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she pitches forward, landing hard on the ground. Her breath leaves her, and she gasps when she hits the ground. Though, she turns over, trying to kick her leg free))
Maeve Owens: ::
Quantum Catz: BM: I guess so...but I still can't even find Maeve now - i feel helpless
YarnKittymon: : ::the man is as much as wrestling with Maeve at this point, struggling to pin her, and hoping to stab her::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::shakes her head; softly:: I don't...think she could've made it out.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she finally reaches a point of panic when she knows she's as good as dead- then she starts screaming::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::softly:: I'm sure Toby would have found her if she was in there
YarnKittymon: LB: ::shakes her head; softly:: No...what are the odds of her making it out twice-- ::cuts herself off when she hears screams; stands up::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::hears the screams and is almost relieved to know that she's alive - starts running towards the sound::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks around:: Is that Maeve?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::in a low voice:: I hope so! ::starts walking in that direction::
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve's captor raises the knife, his eyes glinting with anger that seems straight from her father's worst moments:: It's over.
Quantum Catz: BM: Libby - you should stay away - what if there's more than one and they go after you too?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks around for Toby::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::running towards where he heard the scream:: Maeve! Where are you?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she brings up her hand to try to stop the downward motion of his hand; screams:: Isaac!
YarnKittymon: : ::the man slices Maeve's chest deeply, looking down at her with cold eyes::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she screams again, this time out of fear, and pain. She tries to kick her legs to get him off of her::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she's also keeping her eyes tightly closed, refusing to look at him, not wanting the last thing she sees be a man who looks like an evil twin of her father::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::runs to where she shouted:: Oh god, Maeve! ::runs forward to try and fight the man off of her::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::is coming towards Maeve, albiet unsteadily, still::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::just meets up with Becky when he hears the scream; goes pale, and looks at Becky helplessly::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::is feeling rather helpless herself since she can't teleport:: Go, hurry
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she's still fighting, not really knowing Isaac approached, though she screams for him again::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man is surprised when someone touches him, but his eyes light up coldly when he sees who it is:: You're her husband, right?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::sees Maeve's would and reaches down to try and heal her even just a little bit, until he can get the man away; talks to the man to distract him:: So what if i am?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her eyes fly open, and once the pain is mostly gone, she struggles to sit up:: No! Don't you dare! ::she lunges for the knife again::
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 1 1
YarnKittymon: : ::quietly:: I'll take you from her--::is interrupted by Maeve's revival; he struggles to keep ahold of the knife, but manages to::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::sharply:: You're not taking anyone from her - or from me
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she throws her weight against him, trying to wrestle him to the ground.The knife hurts but she isn't about to let him kill Isaac.::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man pulls back his knife and tries to stab Isaac, though Maeve's interference is making things difficult::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::passes Libby on his way towards the alley, though he has to stop to cough every so often::
YarnKittymon: : ::when the man misses Isaac, he reaches back and tries to elbow Maeve in the face, hoping to at least put her out of action long enough for him to take care of Isaac::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::he connects right at her temple, and she falls limp at his feet::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::pulls out his own knife when he sees Maeve fall to the ground::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man steps forward, trying to block Maeve, and smirking:: You couldn't save her...can't even save yourself, can you?
Quantum Catz: IS: She isn't dead, not that i really understand why you'd want her to be
YarnKittymon: : ::the man glares:: Everything that was ever dear to me is gone, and it's *her* fault! Her and that curly-haired witch she works with! ::dives at Isaac, only using his arm to block, sure the young man doesn't have any clue of how to strike him while he's mostly undefended::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::though he doesn't know much about knife fighting, he's learned enough since meeting Maeve and her friends to know to look for openings where he can get them and aims low with his knife, trying to stab the man where he's unprotected while he also attempts to block the other man from getting him::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man cuts Isaac a bit, but, whether by skill or luck, Isaac gets past the enemy's arm and stabs him squarely in the stomach, yelling out just as Toby finally arrives at the scene::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::remains slumped over at the guys feet::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::seems a bit shocked by the blood on his knife hand and isn't quite sure what to do now:::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man lurches forward, his eyes going blank, weighing Isaac down::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::strugles to hold up the man's weight::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::finally comes over and pulls the dying or dead man away from Isaac:: Are you all right? Is Maeve?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she hasn't moved::
Quantum Catz: IS:: :nods, looking a bit dazed and then runs over to heal Maeve:: He just knocked her out, i think
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she comes awake quickly enough, though she's still in fighting mode so she quickly bats his hands away as she struggles to get away::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::jokes weakly:: How many times have you woken up and tried to fight me now?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::sighs in disbelief, keeping an eye on the enemy, still::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she quickly turns to look at him, seeming rather surprised to see him sitting there. She looks down at the blood on him, and gasps; quietly.:: You're hurt.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::quietly:: Need any help with that, Isaac?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks at his arm though doesn't touch it since his other hand's covered in blood:: I don't think the cut's too deep...it should be alright
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she looks up at Toby, but her gaze lands on the man, and she freezes. His deathly pale features remind her so much of the last time she saw her father that she shudders again, and looks away.::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::comes near, softly asking:: Maeve, are you all right? ::stops when she sees the dead man who looks very much like one of the friends in the last photograph she had of her father::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she bites her lip, and nods, afraid to even speak::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks over at the man:: He...looks an awful lot like...
YarnKittymon: LB: ::shakily pulls out a handkerchief and steps forward, gingerly covering the man's face::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she cringes; quietly:: Don't say it...
Quantum Catz: IS: ::takes a deep breath and reaches to stroke Maeve's hair, though stops himself when he sees the blood and instead puts his arm around her shoulders, resting his head on hers::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::thinking about what the man said, she shudders again, and puts his arms around his waist, leaning into him. She bites her lip again::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::quietly:: None of you should be here...why don't you get back where it's safe?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks up:: What about you?
YarnKittymon: TY: I'll guard him 'til you send a guard this way. Okay?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::nods:: Come on, Maeve - we should both get cleaned up
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she just nods, but doesn't make a move to get up::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::coughing, comes forward to try to help Maeve up::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she looks at Libby but doesnt seem enclined to move. There's a familiar look in her eye, one that says she's about to bolt::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::puts an arm around Libby; whispers:: It's going to be all right.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she cringes, and turns her head back towards Isaac. Her eyes land on his injured arm, and she stares at that spot, rather disturbed by it::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::finally comes forward and heals Isaac's arm and fixes his shirt, whether he wants it or not::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::smiles weakly at Toby:: Thanks ::looks at Maeve:: Come on, the kids'll be worrying about us if they heard about the fire
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she reluctantly lets go of Isaac, and gets to her feet. Her gaze falls on the dead body again making her pause::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::looks at Isaac; softly:: Keep an eye on her...she's been through a lot.
Quantum Catz: IS:: ::stands up too and reaches for her hand; nods at Libby, soberly:: She's not leaving my sight
YarnKittymon: LB: Good. I'll go find a guard...and get back to Becky.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::looks down at their joined hands::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::softly to Maeve:: You sure you're okay?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::looks up at him; sadly:: Yeah. I'm fine...
Quantum Catz: IS: ::leans down and kisses the top of her head:: At least we can go home now
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she shudders, not sure if she should be... again. Though she fights the urge to outright run::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::when she shudders, he lets go of her hand and puts his arm around her again instead, leading her past the body and away from it::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she lets him lead her away, and belatedly realizes her dress is gaping open from where he cut it. She snatches it closed::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::alerts a guard, then goes back to Becky; softly:: Everyone's fine, except the person who was after Maeve...and me, I suppose.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::is still sitting on the ground as she still feels rather ill, smiles at the news:: Thank God
YarnKittymon: LB: Toby will be back as soon as a guard takes his place. I don't know if the man's dead or not...he didn't look good, and we didn't try to save him.
Quantum Catz: BM: At least it should be over now
Maeve Owens: MV: ::half way to the house, she slows her pace; softly:: Isaac? ::she bites her lip::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks at Maeve:: Yeah?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she thinks about what to say till she's about ready to cry; weakly:: He said I was cursed. Which makes a lot of sense considering all that's happened... ::she shakes her head, shuddering again.:: But um, he also mentioned I was doomed to lose everyone. And I've pretty much feared that my whole life which seems to only prove there's some basis for that fear. ::she slowly brings her gaze back to him::
Quantum Catz: IS: That's nonsense, Maeve - if he was right then we wouldn't have stopped him - but we did, and everyone's fine
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she shakes her head:: That does't mean it won't happen. ::she stops walking, and looks back::
Quantum Catz: IS: He probably only said that because that was what he planned to do to you - but his plan failed
Maeve Owens: MV: ::quietly:: What if he was telling the truth?
Quantum Catz: IS: You've known Toby, Becky and Libby a lot longer than me and nothing's happened to them
Maeve Owens: MV: ::even more quietly:: It took me fifteen years to lose my parents.
Quantum Catz: IS: I was younger than you when i lost my parents - we all lose *someone* in our lives
Maeve Owens: MV: ::a little more distressed:: Then four years to lose a good friend, and my sister. And Alex might not have died but they practically abaondoned me! Almost the same thing!
Quantum Catz: IS: But i'm never going to abandon you - and nothing's going to happen to me
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she cringes, and looks away, scared to death really that something will::
Quantum Catz: IS: You can't spend all your life worrying that something bad's going to happen
Maeve Owens: MV: :murmurs:: But something always does, and its almost always my fault.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::sighs:: I don't know what to say to you Maeve. How can i convince you that nothing's going to happen? I mean, how do i disprove a curse for you?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she bites her lip, shaking her head. After a moment, quietly:: I don't know. I want to run so you won't be hurt. ::her gaze flickers to his once injured arm. :: But I can't. Or I had least hoped you'd tell me I'm crazy.
Maeve Owens: Which you did. But I'm still scared.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::softly:: I'd be more hurt if you left, i'd rather stay with you and run the risk of something happening, than to lose you
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her eyes well up with tears:: I don't want to lose you either. ::she wipes at her eyes::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::hugs her tightly:: Well, like i said, i'm not going anywhere
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she leans into him, hugging him back; whispers:: Okay.
Quantum Catz: IS: You ready to head home now?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods:
Quantum Catz: IS: ::leads her towards the house::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::is peering out the window
anxiously, as he has been for hours every day, since Isaac and
Quantum Catz: IS: ::is holding Maeve's hand tightly, smiling at her reassuringly as they head home::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::She's still clutching the tattered remains of her dress together as they make their way up to the house. She's been rather quiet for the last stretch, though when Isaac looks at her she does force a small smile that doesn't quite reach her eyes::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::his eyes widen when he sees who's coming, and he instantly runs to the door, shouting:: They're back!
Quantum Catz: EK: ::sits up from where he's been slouched on the couch looking bored:: Are they alright?
YarnKittymon: JH: They're walking. ::turns the lock and opens the door, running out to hug the both of them::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::grins when he sees Josh:: Hey
Maeve Owens: MV; ::half smiles at the boy, looking rather tired herself. She's mostly relieved they seem to be all right::
Maeve Owens: DK: ::she sittig in the living room too, and she quickly gets up to follow Josh, heading straight for her older brother when she sees him.::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::frowns, looking Maeve up and down--just from the boy's hug, both Maeve and Isaac now smell like chocolate, instead of smoke:: Are you okay?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her grip tightens on her ripped clothing, but she nods her head, casting a quick glance in Isaac's direction:: Of course. Everything is fine now. ::smiles slightly::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::smiles again at Maeve, though looking a bit worried:: Yeah, Josh, it's over now
YarnKittymon: JH: ::runs back inside to fetch a robe for Maeve::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::stands in the doorway with his arms folded:: Nothing happened here, it was pretty boring not being able to go anywhere
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she shivers, thinking she might have been better off without that "excitement". She starts to move toward the house again, not wanting to stay standing in the street::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::comes back in just a minute with a robe, though Maeve might rather just go change clothes anyway::
Maeve Owens: Dk: ::catches site of Isaac's bloody arm, cringes:: Are you hurt? ::she reaches out to check::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::definitely wants out of these clothes, but she takes the robe from him anyway, and carefully puts it on without letting her dress gape open; quietly:: Thanks Josh.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::nods, then looks back at Isaac, frowning::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks down at the blood:: I'm fine - Toby fixed me up
YarnKittymon: JH: ::softly:: Who hurt you?
Quantum Catz: IS: It doesn't matter now
YarnKittymon: JH: ::scowls:: Of course it does. ::pauses; quietly:: Is he dead?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she cringes, and picks up her pace to get inside the house, having no desire to spill the whole thing to the kids::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::avoids answering the question properly:: He's not going to be coming back
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks at Isaac for a moment, then frowns slightly, determined to find out the truth from the newspapers or the radio, or gossip; nods:: Is the tavern really burned down?
Quantum Catz: IS: Yeah there was a fire - but it's been put out now
YarnKittymon: JH: Is everyone all right?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she tenses, waiting for Isaac's answer::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::glances at Maeve:: I think so - Toby and I helped the ones who looked the worst
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she bites her lip, feeling rather guilty::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::frowns; quietly:: Can I go over there and try to help?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::hesitates and then says:: I think there are enough people helping now
YarnKittymon: JH: ::frowns, trying silently to figure out *something* he can do::
Quantum Catz: IS: How about you and Dolly make us something to eat? We've had a long day
YarnKittymon: JH: ::relaxes a little; quietly:: Okay. ::slips off to the kitchen::
Maeve Owens: DK: ::quickly springing into action, she heads for the kitchen.:: Sure, anything particular that you want?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she hesitates at the stairs, wanting to change more than she wants to eat at this moment::
Quantum Catz: IS: Whatever you feel like making will be great ::smiles::
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