~Wednesday, August 14, 1935~

YarnKittymon: HR: ::is knocking back a post-work beer at two in the afternoon in Marquis's only intact tavern; though it's early, the place is almost packed::
Quantum Catz: : ::someone Harry probably recognises vaguely as an acquantance of Jack's, enters the tavern and pushes his way to stand next to the man::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::looks a bit surprised, and clears his throat, motioning silently to his guard uniform, as if to tell the man to be careful what he says::
Quantum Catz: : ::the man smirks slightly:: You ain't any different from the rest o' us really
YarnKittymon: HR: ::finishes his beer, then reaches forward, setting it down on the counter; looks back at the man with a silent frown::
Quantum Catz: : ::his smile fades:: Look, this ain't cos you're a guard - i'm here cos i dunno who else Jack would trust with this
YarnKittymon: HR: ::frowns more deeply, looking around; whispers:: I'm listening...we can go to my place if that's safer.
Quantum Catz: : ::nods:: We should get outta here, anyway
YarnKittymon: HR: ::works his way out of the tavern as quickly as he can; they're safe in Harry's room a few minutes later::
Quantum Catz: : ::sighs:: Look, I don't know much but i ain't goin' against this bloke even fer Jack - y'know about the guy they say was after that Owens girl?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::his eyes widen:: What? ::and gets rather agitated as the man briefly relates the story::
Quantum Catz: : So, anyway, I heard Jack came looking fer the guy - i also heard that Sig stopped him from gettin' back fer the second fire
YarnKittymon: HR: ::his jaw drops:: Not *that* Sigmund...
Quantum Catz: : ::shrugs:: There ain't many people *could* stop Jack from getting back to protect that wife of his, that Maeve makes some pretty impressive enemies cos last I heard Jack and Sig were pretty good mates
YarnKittymon: HR: ::shakes his head:: Well, it's over now; won't Sigmund just be letting Jack go?
Quantum Catz: : That's why i'm here now - I don't reckon Sig's letting him go or he already would've
YarnKittymon: HR: ::groans:: You sure he didn't just off Jack? If he's already crossed him, it'd be a bit easier than keeping him forever.
Quantum Catz: : ::shrugs again:: It's possible but Sig don't off people lightly - i reckon you still got a chance if you wanna take it
YarnKittymon: HR: ::sighs:: Any other advice? You know *where* he is?
Quantum Catz: : Sig owns a coupla places in Gate Town, i can tell you where they are ::hesitates:: There are a lot of us'd rather Jack was around than not, but Sig ain't one to cross lightly
YarnKittymon: HR: I know it, but it's not like I have much choice.. ::smirks, though it's a bit of a facade to hide his anxiety:: I'll keep it quiet, but maybe the mayor will pay me a bit of overtime.
Quantum Catz: : ::nods:: Good luck, mate ::tells Harry where the places of Sig's are and then leaves::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::bites his lip, then heads over to Maeve's and Isaac's, to try to get some advice from Maeve, at least::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::answers the door:: Hey
YarnKittymon: HR: Good afternoon...is Maeve home?
Quantum Catz: IS: Uh... ::hesitates, wondering what Harry wants her for since he doesn't want Maeve getting stressed out, and then sighs:: Yeah, she is, she could probably do with some extra company
YarnKittymon: HR: ::nods, suddenly wondering if it's a good idea to bother Maeve after all; he goes in to find her, frowning::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she's in the living room, desperately trying to occupy her mind with a book, but is having terrible luck in doing so::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::clears his throat lightly:: Hey; I've heard you're allowed visitors.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::follows behind Harry, still looking a bit worried::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she jumps, dropping the book; surprised:: Harry. What are you doing here? ::she pales a bit:: Don't tell me they've decided to arrest us.
YarnKittymon: HR: ::quickly shakes his head:: Of course not. How are you holding up?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she takes a deep breath, relaxing a bit.:: I'm fine.
YarnKittymon: HR: ::feeling a bit guilty:: Good to hear it. ::sarcastically:: The mayor sure picked a nice time to go out of town and take me with him.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::quietly:: You had a job to do, and I had enough body guards as it was, ones that I would have preferred weren't there, but still. ::she sighs::
Quantum Catz: IS: Well, it's over now anyway
YarnKittymon: HR: ::frowns; after a moment:: Hey, how's Libby holding up?
Maeve Owens: MV: ;:quietly:: She'd be better if Jack was home, I'm sure, but otherwise pretending like she's fine.
YarnKittymon: HR: ::swallows hard::
Quantum Catz: IS: I'm sure Jack'll be back soon, not much would keep him away after he hears about that last fire
YarnKittymon: HR: ::frowns; quietly:: Unless something happened to him.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she pales a bit more, shaking her head:: What would make you think that?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::Frowns:: Have you heard something?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::nods:: And I believe it, since I can't imagine anything would keep Jack from coming back here.
Quantum Catz: IS: But who? Why?
YarnKittymon: HR: I guess one of Jack's mates got hired to keep him out of the way.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::quietly:: Why?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::pauses:: You *do* realize someone was trying to kill you, right?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks at Maeve a bit worriedly:: It might have nothing to do with what happened - i'm sure there are loads of people who'd benefit from Jack being out of the way, not just the guy after Maeve
Maeve Owens: MV: ::still, the implication sends her falling back into her chair. She swallows hard:: Well, then do you know where he is? We'll just go get him back.
YarnKittymon: HR: ::quietly:: It's not that simple, Maeve...we're up against a man who can do almost anything he wants.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods:: We'll come up with a plan. We always do.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::doesn't feel too hopeful against a man who could hold Jack captive but doesn't say anything::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::shakes his head:: I didn't come here to get you tangled up in this, Maeve. I just wanted to know whether or not we should tell Libby.
Quantum Catz: IS: Libby has Milo to look after, i don't think we should tell her anything until we know something for sure
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods:: Isaac can keep an eye on her while we're gone. If she gets too upset he can tell her that we're bringing him back. ::she gets up, intending to head up to their room to put some things together::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::frowns, looking at Isaac:: She's not up to going, is she?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::had already opened his mouth to argue against Maeve; looking grim:: Maeve, you're not going up against someone who can stop *Jack*
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she turns back around, looking rather surprised:: What else do you want me to do? It's partly my fault it happened! I'm *going*. ::she turns to glare at Harry:: And don't even start with me. I'm *fine*. And we can do this. All
Maeve Owens: we have to do is get around him... we don't even need to speak to him!
Quantum Catz: IS: You don't know it's anything to do with you - Jack has enemies of his own, i'm sure
Maeve Owens: MV: It's an awful big coincidence then. And even if it isn't, I'd be doing it for Libby too. ::she turns to run up the stairs::
Quantum Catz: IS: Maeve, you almost died - twice! I'm not going to leave you to run off and risk your life all over again
YarnKittymon: HR: ::under his breath:: I'm sorry I brought it up.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she stops again, this time to gape at him:: Well, you're not going! I almost lost *you* over this, and still could! Besides, three is a crowd. It'll be easier to sneak around with just two.
Quantum Catz: IS: You can't expect me just to sit around and twiddle my thumbs here - would you do that|
YarnKittymon: HR: Look, I'll get some guards together and we'll take care of it. You two just stay here.
Maeve Owens: MV: No! I'm *going*! You can't tell the rest of the guards! They'll find out about what he really does!
Quantum Catz: IS: And if you're going then i'm going with you
YarnKittymon: HR: ::turns away, scowling:: If anything happens to *either* of you, it's my fault now.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she looks down at Isaac, sadly. She closes her eyes, and shakes her head:: You can't go alone Harry, and we're the only ones who can help you. ::she sighs::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::opens his mouth, until he remembers Stephanie is out of town (not like he'd want to involve her anyway) and all the mercenary-types on the island are afraid to help::
Quantum Catz: IS: Then it's settled, the three of us will do this together
Maeve Owens: MV: ::quietly:: Fine. ::she glances back at Harry:: Give us a minute to get ready.
YarnKittymon: HR: ::looks rather dissatisfied; after a moment:: Well, I'll go pack too, and get out of this uniform. Have to ask for some time off, too. ::smirks:: The mayor won't be pleased to hear you're leaving town, Isaac.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she looks back at him, rather hopeful this will make him stay::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::glances at Maeve for a moment and then looks back at Harry:: Well, anything major, Toby can deal with till i get back
YarnKittymon: HR: ::nods:: That's right; I forgot about that. ::looks resigned:: Be back in fifteen minutes. ::walks back towards his room::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::smiles weakly at Maeve as he heads for the stairs::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::weakly returns his smile; softly:: I still don't want you to go, you know. What about the kids?
Quantum Catz: IS: One of them should be back soon, i'll tell them we're going to Gate Town to get away for a bit - they'll understand
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she sighs, and nods her head. She moves into their room, pulling a pack down from the shelf which she then starts filling with clothes::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::comes back home a few minutes later; he just sits down and turns on the radio to listen, as he's been doing quite a bit of lately::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::comes down the stairs when he hears Josh come home:: Hey, i've got something to talk to you about
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks up, rather worried, turning the radio off:: What is it?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::smiles reassuirngly:: It's nothing to worry about - I just think Maeve could do with getting away for a bit, so we're going to go to Gate Town for a couple of days, i think it would do her some good
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks at Isaac appraisingly for several seconds, then turns away, balling his hands into fists; very quietly:: You'll probably get hurt.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::doesn't want to admit why he's really going:: I'm just taking Maeve for a bit of a break from what's happened, that's all
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks back at Isaac, very clearly not believing him, but he doesn't call his brother's bluff, and shakes his head, getting up to go up to his room::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::sighs:: We'll be back in a few days - you think you, your brother and sister will be alright till then?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks back at Isaac, probably with one of the first angry looks he's given his brother since he was very small:: *We're* not the ones who keep going off and getting hurt.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::finds he can't look his brother in the eye and, guiltily, almost feels as if he's chosen Maeve over his siblings:: I...I'm not going to get hurt this time, i promise
YarnKittymon: JH: ::shakes his head, and turns away to stalk back to his room...but at the last moment, turns back and hugs Isaac, hard, wordlessly::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::hugs him back, closing his eyes:: I swear, we'll be back in a few days and everything will be fine
YarnKittymon: JH: ::finally pulls back, shaking his head once; he blinks hard a few times, then runs back up to his room::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she comes back out, carrying a small pack for each of them::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::still feels guilty and doesn't say anything when Maeve comes out::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::quietly:: Is everything okay?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::sighs:: It's fine
Maeve Owens: MV: It doesn't sound fine.
Quantum Catz: IS: Josh is just worried, that's all
Maeve Owens: MV: ::looks away, guiltily:: I'll be fine you know, if you think you should stay.
Quantum Catz: IS: No, i'm going, i'd go mad just sitting here wondering what was happening
Maeve Owens: MV: :;quietly:: Okay. ::she forces a little smile::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::knocks lightly on the door::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::goes to answer the door::

YarnKittymon: HR: ::comes in when Isaac opens the door, looking rather worried, wearing street clothes and with a small pack on his back:: Ready?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks up the stairs to where Josh's room is:: I guess so
YarnKittymon: HR: ::takes a deep breath; then, softly:: The mayor knows. He gave me some money to get us there. Did you want to take your horse, Isaac, or should we hire one?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::quietly:: Well, if we're taking horses to ride on, then you might want to hire at least one since all three of us are not fitting on one horse.
YarnKittymon: HR: ::nods slowly:: We'll make better time than with a cart, that way.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::frowns:: We need a cart?
YarnKittymon: HR: We would if we just had the one horse. ::shakes his head:: Go harness yours; I'll go hire another.
Maeve Owens: MV: We'll move faster without a cart anyway. ::she looks over at Isaac, and smiles weakly:: You can stay behind for Josh if you want, I'll be all right you know.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::softly:: We've already gone through this.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she sighs:: Well, just checking. ::she heads for the door.
Maeve Owens: ::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::meets Isaac and Maeve at the stable a few minutes later, with a young, spirited horse all ready:: I'll take your things, so the horses are more balanced.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::without a word she hands him the bags::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::straps the bags on securely, and in a few minutes, they're on their way towards Gate Town::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::gets back to the house a couple of hours after Maeve and Isaac leave::
Maeve Owens: DK: ::walks in about the same time as he does::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::has locked himself in his bedroom::
Maeve Owens: DK: ::she walks up the stairs, calling out::: Josh? Isaac? Anyone home?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::doesn't answer yet::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::has gone to the kitchen to get himself a glass of water, though he is a bit suprised that no one else is there::
Maeve Owens: DK: ::sees that Isaac's door is still open, and frowns. She moves over to Josh's, and knocks softly:: Josh? Are you home?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::in a low voice:: Isaac's not.
Maeve Owens: DK: I noticed. Where did he go?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::sullenly:: Gate Town.
Maeve Owens: DK: ::her frown deepens:: Why did he go to Gate Town?
YarnKittymon: JH: Because Marquis isn't dangerous enough.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::moves over to the stairs and calls:: Is one of them home after all?
Maeve Owens: DK: ::shouts down the stairs:: Josh is. But Isaac has gone to Gate Town! ::she turns back to the door, and tries to open it:: Josh? Open the door.
YarnKittymon: : ::after a few seconds, Josh opens the door, glaring to try to hide the fact that he's been crying::
Maeve Owens: DK: ::softly:: Are you all right? Did something happen? Why is he going to Gate Town?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::bounds up the stairs with a frown on his face, though doesn't say anything when he sees his brother's expression::
YarnKittymon: JH: He *said* it was like a vacation, but I know he's going to get hurt.
Quantum Catz: EK: You don't know that at all
Maeve Owens: DK: ::she frowns:: Yeah, maybe he just wanted to take Maeve away for a while.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::quietly:: He would've told us earlier. And he wouldn't even look at me. ::shakes his head:: We're going to lose them both. Even if they come back safe from Gate Town, they'll find something else to get killed doing.
Quantum Catz: EK: You're talking like they go out looking for danger to get into
Maeve Owens: DK: ::mutters:: No, that's just Maeve.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::grimaces, slipping back into his room, glaring at Eli:: You'll see I'm right.
Quantum Catz: EK: Well, so what if you are? It's his choice - it's what he wants to do
YarnKittymon: JH: ::his eyes go wide, and then he slams the door on Eli and Dolly::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::knocks on the door:: Josh, open up
Maeve Owens: DK: ::she flinches then turns to stare open-mouthed at her other brother::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::quietly:: Why bother?
Quantum Catz: EK: Look, i didn't mean that the way it sounded
YarnKittymon: JH: ::quietly:: Just leave me alone.
Maeve Owens: Dk: ::softly:: Josh? Come on.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::after a long silence:: I'll be out for supper.
Quantum Catz: EK: Hiding away in there isn't going to change anything
Maeve Owens: DK: ::she sighs; then softly:: Don't torture yourself over something that isn't going to happen Josh. ::she goes back down stairs to get started on supper::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::when he hears footsteps going downstairs, he finally opens the door a crack::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::is still standing there and moves forward to hold the door open so Josh can't run back in::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks at Eli with rather red eyes for a moment, then down at the floor; quietly:: You don't even care, do you?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::Softly:: Of course i care, why do you think i always try to go with them? Or I follow them? Or i find out if Toby or Jack are going?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::glares:: You *can* go with them. They'd spot me and send me home.
Quantum Catz: EK: Well, so? He doesn't want anything to happen to you
YarnKittymon: JH: ::turns away, trying to keep his voice from shaking:: Someday they're going to run off and...never come home.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::for a moment he doesn't say anything and then he asks:: How many friends did Isaac have back in Saxton? Who did he ever spend time with other than us when he wasn't working? Hell, how often was he actually not working?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::turns back, rather fiercely:: He's *not* on vacation, Eli!
Quantum Catz: EK: I know he's not! That wasn't my point! We could have all been taken away or split apart if it wasn't for him - he gave up his childhood for us, you *know* he loves us, he'd never leave us without a fight
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks back at Eli; quietly:: Mom loved us, and she didn't get a choice.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::sighs:: No, she didn't. But you know if it was one of us who needed him to go to Gate Town, he'd have been gone just as fast. It's just the way he is - he wants to protect everyone
YarnKittymon: JH: ::his expression softens quite a bit at the word "protect", and he sighs, shaking his head:: He's going to get killed, someday...or Maeve...or both of them. I know it.
Quantum Catz: EK: Well, you knew what Maeve was like back when you were trying to play matchmaker. But like i said, it's what he wants to do. It was the choice he made, just like he chose to look after us when we were kids
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks up at Eli suspiciously, then back down at the floor:: I'm so scared to lose him.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::softly:: So am I - but he's managed alright so far, hasn't he?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::quietly:: Just barely. ::after a long pause:: *Is* Toby or Jack going with him?
Maeve Owens: DK: ::got dinner started so she makes her way back upstairs to at least change out of the clothes she's been in on all day. She stops when she sees that Josh is back out of his room::
Quantum Catz: EK: How should I know? You were the one telling me he was gone. But Jack's the only one of his friends who really goes to Gate Town and he's been gone the past few days - maybe they went to help him with something
YarnKittymon: JH: ::exhales deeply:: Do you think Mrs. Richards would know?
Maeve Owens: DK: ::frowns:: Josh, how do you know they didn't want to get away for a while, and that Isaac was just a little guilty over going away? I'm sure they will be fine. So would you please stop worrying? And it's no good to worry Mrs. Richards over nothing either.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::nods once, though he doesn't look satisfied::


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