~Saturday, July 4, 1936~

Part 1 – The Arrest


YarnKittymon: HR: ::knocks on the door to the Kindall house about 4 in the afternoon, frowning seriously:

maeveowens: MV: ::has just managed to get Olivia to go sleep so she hurries to answer the door before the person gets impatient. She frowns when she sees Harry; worriedly:: What's wrong?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::glances at the guard next to him, then back at Maeve, sympathetically; very quietly:: We have a few questions for Mr. Eli Kindall.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::has been holed up in his room, refusing to talk to anyone::
maeveowens: MV: ::her eyes widen:: You're suddenly rather formal. ::she hesitates and then takes a step back to allow them into the house::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::quietly, not looking Maeve in the eye this time:: We'd like to bring him in.
maeveowens: LA: ::She's back to looking like she did before but right now she's in her room, feeling hurt, scared and a bit lonely since Eli shut himself away. She doesn't come down when she hears the door.::
maeveowens: MV: ::she looks a little alarmed but she can't say she's surprised; softly:: What for?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::opens his mouth, but is cut off by the other guard::
YarnKittymon: : ::the other guard says:: An investigation, ma'am. We ain't at liberty to discuss it, except with him.
maeveowens: MV: ::she smirks at the guard and then turns towards the stairs:: Fine. ::mutters:: Make yourself at home.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::is just coming down the stairs:: What's going on?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::stays standing, though he cringes when he hears Isaac::
maeveowens: MV: ::gently:: They've come for Eli.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::winces:: I guess Jenn decided to say something
maeveowens: MV: ::she nods, looking worried::: Yeah. They want to take him in.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::uncertainly:: Considering the mood he's in, he might refuse to go
maeveowens: MV: Then you'd better find something to say to make him lose some of his stuborness or he's going to find himself in a lot of trouble fast.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::Wryly:: You think he'll listen to me?
maeveowens: MV: Well, he's definitely not going to listen to *me*. Out of all of us you're the most likely.
Quantum Catz: IS: He might listen to Leyla
maeveowens: MV: ::she smirks:: She's a woman. ::the arching of her eyebrows implies she'd say more if she wasn't sure she'd get in trouble for it::
YarnKittymon: : ::the other guard clears his throat and says:: Shall we go up and fetch him, Mrs. Kindall?

maeveowens: MV: ::she turns back to look at the guard; curtly:: Why don't you try a bit of patience? We'll be back down in a minute. ::she takes Isaac's arm and tries to lead him back up the stairs::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::follows after her, still not sure how to deal with his brother::
maeveowens: MV: ::she stops outside Eli's door; softly:: Good luck. ::she stands off to the side, feeling safer in the hallway and isn't planning on going in::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::smiles weakly:: Thanks
Quantum Catz: IS: ::knocks on Eli's door::
Quantum Catz: EK: I said I didn't want to talk to anyone just now!
maeveowens: MV: ::she cringes and takes a step back::

Quantum Catz: IS: ::Sighs:: Eli, Jenn talked to the guards. You need to come down and talk to them
maeveowens: LA: ::she pokes her head out of her room, looking more than furious with Jen for turning on them like this::
Quantum Catz: EK: Why should I? They're all a bunch of idiots
maeveowens: LA: ::she looks even more angry at Eli's response but she remains silent since Isaac is right there::
Quantum Catz: IS: Eli, if you don't co-operate, you're just going to end up in more trouble
Quantum Catz: EK: ::yanks his door open:: I shouldn't be in any trouble - i didn't do anything!
maeveowens: MV: ::she jumps::
: LA: ::she startles too and her gaze immediately goes to the ground; softly:: Then co-operate and prove them wrong.
Quantum Catz: EK: How does co-operating prove them wrong? They'll lock me up and forget about it
maeveowens: LA: ::she shrugs, looking unsure:: I don't know but to me it just seems that if you don't things will be a lot worse. What other options do you have? Rebelling won't get you anywhere, will it?
Quantum Catz: EK: I could go find out who really did it
maeveowens: LA: ::she sighs, feeling like it's hopeless:: Won't they be even more mad if you run off?
maeveowens: MV: ::mutters:: And even more determined to lock you up.
Quantum Catz: EK: They'll lock me up anyway
maeveowens: LA: Can't you trust us not to let that happen?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::opens his mouth to argue but hesitates:: It's not that i don't trust you but i... ::clenches his fists:: I'm helpless if i'm locked up, there's nothing i can do
maeveowens: LA: ::softly:: Then you'll have to do as your told, not make extra trouble, and trust that we'll get it straightened out.

Quantum Catz: EK: ::mutters, though half-heartedly:: You're not my mother, you know
maeveowens: LA: ::she flushes; angrily:: You know Eli sometimes you're the most exasperating person I've ever met!
Quantum Catz: EK: ::looks down:: I don't mean to be
maeveowens: LA: ::she takes a small step forward; quietly:: Then please just listen to them Eli?
YarnKittymon: : ::downstairs the guard with Harry whispers:: Two gold says we have to go upstairs to fetch him.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::frowns, not wanting to fight with Leyla, but at the same time, not wanting to just walk right back into jail::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::is frowning, but he nods, putting out his hand:: Two gold that we don't end up escorting him down those stairs. ::doesn't mention that he puts even odds on Eli coming down willingly, and Eli flying away::
maeveowens: MV: ::she doesn't say a thing because if she was him she'd likely be running::
maeveowens: LA: ::she sighs, not sure of anything else she could say::
Quantum Catz: IS: Eli, we will sort this out, i promise - you didn't do it and we'll find a way to prove it
Quantum Catz: EK: But what if there is someone out there like me...and you find him...
maeveowens: LA: ::she frowns; quietly:: Then we bring him back here and they'll know it wasn't you.
Quantum Catz: EK: And he'll just let you? That Amy's already dead
maeveowens: LA: :sadly:: She couldn't fight back but I can.
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard with Harry turns to go into the kitchen and fetch a drink::
Quantum Catz: EK: But what if he's stronger than you?
maeveowens: LA: Then I'll be faster.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::sighs, still not looking happy:: Fine, but if i get out and find out that any of you even got a scratch trying to find this guy, then he'll have me to deal with
maeveowens: LA: No you won't or you'll likely end up right back in there!
MV: ::quietly:: Whose to say we'll get any scratches to begin with? Have a little faith why don't you?
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard comes back with a drink; quietly, to Harry:: I don't care whose brother he is; I think we'd better go get him.
Quantum Catz: IS: Besides, I'd just heal them and we wouldn't tell you about it. You'd better get downstairs or they're going to come looking for you
YarnKittymon: HR: I'm not letting you win the bet like that.
Quantum Catz: EK ::still not looking happy:: Okay ::takes one last look at Leyla and then moves past Maeve and his brother to go towards the stairs::
maeveowens: LA: ::relaxes a little when he finally gives in to just going downstairs but she doesn't hold much hope of him remaining so co-operative::
maeveowens: MV: ::just manages to keep her surprise from registering on her face. She hesitates, waiting for Isaac to go down first.::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::heads down with Eli, looking concerned::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::can't resist smiling a tiny bit when he sees Eli at the stairs, though when he thinks of taking the young man in, the smile instantly vanishes::
maeveowens: LA: ::she catches Eli on the stairs; softly:: Just remember, no matter what they say or what you think I *know* that you couldn't have done it nor do I believe it's in you to do such a thing.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::murmurs:: Then you're more sure than I am ::smiles weakly:: Thanks though, Kitten ::leans over and kisses her forehead::
maeveowens: LA: ::she smiles sadly at him but some affection creeps into her eyes upon his kiss. She's seen Isaac do the same to Maeve quite a bit and she flushes when she catches herself reading too much into the action::
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard with Harry puts down his drink and pulls out the handcuffs::
maeveowens: MV: ::they aren't even going on her but she still cringes. She glances at Isaac, and then takes his hand, knowing he must be worried about his brother::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::quietly:: Those really aren't necessary, Matthew.
Quantum Catz: EK: If i was going to run off, I'd already be gone *Matthew*
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard grimaces, stepping forward:: I'm sorry, but given--
YarnKittymon: HR: ::cutting Matthew off:: I'll take responsibility for getting him to the station. You just finish that Coke.
Quantum Catz: EK: So have you actually got any evidence other than Jen's word?
YarnKittymon: : ::Matthew glowers at Harry, going to the door::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::quietly:: The autopsy's not completed, but word is the body does seem to be mauled.
YarnKittymon: : ::Matthew glares at Harry:: Don't tell him!
Quantum Catz: IS: ::Squeezes Maeve's hand, though he's rather worried that his brother's still going to make things worse now he's actually with the guards::
Quantum Catz: EK: There are lots of animals lurking around these forests that could maul someone if they decided to
YarnKittymon: HR: ::nods:: I know, but the testimony--
YarnKittymon: : ::Matthew interrupts:: If you keep on like that I *will* report you, Harry.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::sighs and rolls his eyes::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::rubs his eyes with one hand; quietly:: Sorry, Eli. We'll get this sorted soon.
maeveowens: LA: ::she stays at the bottom of the stairs, looking both worried and sad as they lead Eli away::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::Softly:: Just don't cause too much trouble while you're there
YarnKittymon: HR: ::doesn't touch Eli on the way to the guard station; silently leads him to one of the small, fairly newly-constructed interrogation rooms::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::lounges back on one of the chairs, trying to look like he doesn't care, though he'd really rather not go back in a cell::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::sympathetically whispers:: I'll see if I can get to stay in here while they do the questioning. ::slips out, leaving Eli alone, locked in a windowless room smaller than most bathrooms, with a single table and three chairs::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::Taps his fingers on the table, feeling agitated at being left alone in the small room::
YarnKittymon: : ::it's about five minutes later when a couple guards, one dark-skinned, and the other, Matthew, come in. Matthew stands in the corner, looking sullenly at Eli, while the Negro man sits across from Eli; quietly:: Good afternoon, Mr. Kindall.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::sighs:: Hi
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard nods, introducing himself as Guard Stanton; he fixes his eyes closely on Eli:: Tell us what you know about Amy Hastings.
Quantum Catz: EK: I don't know anything about her
YarnKittymon: : Did you ever meet her?
Quantum Catz: EK: Not until she tried to tear a hole in my chest
YarnKittymon: : Tell us about that.
Quantum Catz: EK: I went for a run and something started attacking me. I couldn't see it or smell it. When it stopped, I dragged myself home
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard's eyebrows raise:: And how do you know that was Miss Hastings?
Quantum Catz: EK: That's who Josh said it was. An Amy anyway, I'm guessing it's the same one
YarnKittymon: : And when was this?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::clenches and unclenches his right hand:: Yesterday
YarnKittymon: : ::Guard Stanton nods, though he can't help but cringe to see Eli looking so anxious--he's a bit intimidated:: I see. So what gave you the conclusion that something invisible was Miss Hastings?
Quantum Catz: EK: Everyone else could see the damn things. And Jen was talking to them. I wasn't there when she said that they were Amy
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard frowns:: Do you have any idea why you couldn't see them?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::looking unhappy:: She said it was because I was an animal
YarnKittymon: : Did you believe her?
Quantum Catz: EK: Didn't have any reason not to, Leyla probably wouldn't have been able to see them either but her powers had been drained
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard nods:: Do you ever go out into the forest near the orphanage alone?
Quantum Catz: EK: I go running as a dog, sometimes fly; i can go quite far sometimes
YarnKittymon: : And did you do any of that on or around April 9th, 1934?
Quantum Catz: EK: In 1934? I don't know
YarnKittymon: : So no one could vouch for your whereabouts then?
Quantum Catz: EK: If they could remember they were with me, then sure. Do you know what you were doing in April 1934?
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard smirks:: I keep a journal, Mr. Kindall.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::sighs:: Well I don't
YarnKittymon: : If what the witness says is true, you'd best start, Mr. Kindall.
Quantum Catz: EK: It's not true
YarnKittymon: : And do you have any evidence that it's not?
Quantum Catz: EK: Aren't I supposed to be innocent until you prove me guilty?
YarnKittymon: : We'll match teeth-marks if we have to, Mr. Kindall.
Quantum Catz: EK: They won't match
YarnKittymon: : We'll see, Mr. Kindall.
YarnKittymon: : ::Matthew smirks::
Quantum Catz: EK: And how do you know exactly what animal I was when I supposedly attacked her? How're you going to make me change into it?
YarnKittymon: : We'll get your family under oath to swear if what you change in to is what you *usually* become.
Quantum Catz: EK: Why would I change into my usual shape to kill someone? I'm not an idiot
YarnKittymon: : We don't know that it was premeditated. And if the marks don't match, you're not cleared.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::Sighs:: Of course not
YarnKittymon: : But we have to give that a try, before we try to bring an expert in. It's not in the budget.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::is looking rather annoyed:: And what's the expert going to tell you? Even if it was a shapeshifter, you only have Jen's word it was me
YarnKittymon: : We might have at least one more witness.
Quantum Catz: EK: Why does Jenn even count as a witness - she wasn't there
YarnKittymon: : She talked to the deceased, after the incident.
Quantum Catz: EK: She could've been lying or crazy
YarnKittymon: : We're still gathering evidence, but given that you are such a flight risk...
Quantum Catz: EK: ::glares:: I came here didn't i?
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard quietly says:: If we get a shred of hard evidence, we'll break you 'til you tell us everything.
Quantum Catz: EK: Like you could break me
YarnKittymon: : ::Guard Stanton shakes his head:: Again, if we find the money in the budget...
Quantum Catz: EK: ::rolls his eyes:: Whatever
YarnKittymon: : So you're going to continue to insist you didn't do anything wrong? That you couldn't possibly have murdered her?
Quantum Catz: EK: I never even met her
YarnKittymon: : That's not what we've heard here.
Quantum Catz: EK: Well I didn't meet her before she was a funny ball of light that I couldn't even see, then
YarnKittymon: : And our witness said otherwise.
Quantum Catz: EK: Well she's wrong
YarnKittymon: : ::Guard Stanton nods thoughtfully:: We do have a witness who saw Miss Hastings with a dog the week before she was murdered.
Quantum Catz: EK: And if there was a dog there, it must have been me
YarnKittymon: : The evidence isn't in your favor.
Quantum Catz: EK: But it doesn't really prove anything either
YarnKittymon: : We've been investigating for less than a day, Mr. Kindall. Don't you think we'll find the evidence we need?
Quantum Catz: EK: No, because i didn't do it!
YarnKittymon: : ::Guard Stanton says:: We want the truth, Mr. Kindall. I won't be unhappy if you didn't do it, but the fact that you can't come forward with anything useful, given that the girl was killed in a forest you're known to frequent...it's not encouraging.
Quantum Catz: EK: It's a big forest! I'm sorry i didn't happen to run across the girl's grave before but it's not surprising
YarnKittymon: : You didn't even smell it?
Quantum Catz: EK: The girl attacked me the minute I went near the place - I think if I'd passed by before she'd have tried to get me then
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard nods once, considering:: Do you know anything else about it?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::sighs:: Like what?
YarnKittymon: : Anything at all that could help us?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::shakes his head::
YarnKittymon: : You aren't upset that she's dead?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::looks down at his hands; softly::Back in 1933, I saw a guard shoot a girl who was trying to kill the queen. I was upset then. But everyone dies - so long as it's not someone I care about I can live with that. I'm sorry she's dead, but I didn't know her and there's nothing I can do about it
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard quietly says:: So it's correct that if you would have thought Miss Hastings was a threat, you might have murdered her?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::winces, because a part of him had been wondering the same thing:: She was just a girl, what kind of threat would she have been?
YarnKittymon: : You said she hurt you.
Quantum Catz: EK: If she could fight like that 2 years ago, she could've held off a shapeshifter, especially if they couldn't see the lights. But she died, so obviously she's been practicing
YarnKittymon: : Obviously?
Quantum Catz: EK: Well isn't it obvious? My brother had to carry me part of the way home yesterday. If I'd killed her two years ago and she could fight like that then, my brothers would have noticed when i came home all covered in slices
YarnKittymon: : Or covered it up.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::smirks:: You think Isaac would cover up a murder for me?
YarnKittymon: : The mayor doesn't think so, but I'm not so sure.
Quantum Catz: EK: Even if he wanted to, I doubt he could do it. He'd drive himself mad thinking about it
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard quietly says:: Did he even ask what happened before he healed you this time?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::rubs his forehead with his hand:: Ever since Maeve got ill, he's been healing her all the time. He fixed my broken bone and some of the smaller cuts and he could barely cope with that. He went back to bed then...but he asked later when he got up to heal Dolly
YarnKittymon: : ::the sound of Dolly's scream comes through the wall::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::jumps from the chair and turns towards the sound; looking back to glare at Stanton; snarls:: What're you doing to my sister?
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard hardly flinches:: Questioning her. I'm sure they have it under control in there.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::moves back to the table and slams his hands down on it:: So under control that she's screaming?
YarnKittymon: : ::Guard Stanton glares:: If you could be trusted to tell the truth, it wouldn't be necessary!
Quantum Catz: EK: I'm not saying anything else until I see her
YarnKittymon: : You weren't being helpful before!
Quantum Catz: EK: I told you what I knew! I could have been a lot less helpful than I was.
YarnKittymon: : ::Guard Stanton glares at Eli, then nods at Matthew, who slips out the door::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::turns away from the man again, slamming his hand against the wall:: This is ridiculous
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard looks coldly at Eli:: You're not helping your case.
Quantum Catz: EK: Because I'm mad that you're upsetting my sister? God I'm terrible, you should lock me up right away
YarnKittymon: : ::Matthew pauses a moment to get his composure before entering; quietly:: He can see her later.
Quantum Catz: EK: No, I see her now
YarnKittymon: : ::Guard Stanton shakes his head:: You don't have that choice.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::suddenly virtually vanishes and all they hear is a squeak as he disappears under the door, which isn't exactly far away from him since the room's so small::
YarnKittymon: : ::the guards instantly run to the door, crying out::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::runs for the room Dolly's in and enters under that door::


Part 2 – The Investigation


Yarnkittymon :  ::a cart comes up towards the orphanage a bit after 3PM; there are two guards sitting in front.  The younger one looks rather excited, having never worked on a murder case before::

Maeveowens DK: ::she's  in her room, trying to write a letter of resignation. She had thought that she at least had something in common with most of the kids here; no parents. But after Jen's spiteful words, she fears that they all secretly hate her and is generally insecure that she might not have the skills for this kind of work.::

Yarnkittymon :  ::the guards hitch the horses to the fencepost and then go towards the orphanage; they are quickly let inside, and one of the ladies says she'll go fetch Dolly::

Maeveowens DK: ::when she's told whose downstairs, the poor girl turns quite pale.::

Yarnkittymon :  ::the young guard smiles when Dolly comes into view; the other, considerably older, elbows him roughly, calling::  Miss Kindall?  Can we take you back to Marquis to ask a few questions?

Maeveowens DK: ::she trembles, looking more like a deer caught in headlights than a grown woman:: What for?

Yarnkittymon :  ::the older guard says::  Regarding your brother, miss.

Maeveowens DK: ::if it's possible she looks even sicker and she shakes her head:: I don't know who did it

Yarnkittymon :  ::the guard says::  One of your charges says you saw it all, albeit through the deceased's power.

Maeveowens DK: ::she looks away:: I still can't tell you who did it.

Yarnkittymon :  ::the guard says::  I'm afraid you don't have that right, Miss Kindall.

Maeveowens DK: ::still looking at the ground:: I don't know who it was.

Yarnkittymon :  ::the guard shakes his head::  I think you know what you saw, Miss Kindall.

Maeveowens DK: ::she stays silent, though it's not likely she could speak if she wanted to::

Yarnkittymon :  ::the younger guard cringes::  Miss Kindall, please.  We only want the truth.

Maeveowens DK: ::she looks up at them, pleading for understanding, and shakes her head; softly:: And I can't give it to you. I do not know who it was!

Yarnkittymon :  ::the older guard clears his throat::  Then, Miss Kindall, we'll have no choice but to bring you in by force.

Maeveowens DK: ::her eyes widen with fear; desperately:: But I don't know who it was? ! ::she suddenly shudders and has to look away::

Quantum Catz JN: ::standing uncertainly in the doorway; softly:: You only have to tell them what you saw. If it wasn't him they'll work that out

Yarnkittymon :  ::the younger guard cringes, glancing at Jen::

Maeveowens DK: ::she turns to look at Jen with a sad, betrayed, look on her face. She can't even find anything to say to the girl.::

Quantum Catz JN: I couldn't not say anything, Dolly - someone should pay for what happened to her

Yarnkittymon :  ::the younger guard says::  We intend to find whoever, or whatever did it.

Maeveowens DK: ::she doesn't say anything, just looks away::

Yarnkittymon :  ::the older guard says::  Miss Kindall, we'll need you to tell us everything you saw.  And that's an order.  It's best if we go to the station to do it.  I'm tired of playing games.

Maeveowens DK: ::she wraps her arms around herself, still looking very frightened, but she does give them a tiny nod.::

Yarnkittymon :  ::the younger guard murmurs::  Come on, Miss Kindall.  It won't be so bad.  ::trying to encourage her to head out::

Maeveowens DK: ::she doesn't smile, just looks even more nervous, as she forces herself out the door.::

Yarnkittymon :  ::the younger guard does get up into the cart so that he can help Dolly in::

Maeveowens DK: ::she almost runs into his hand before she notices that he means to help her. It startles her, causing her to pull back, but she eventually accepts his help::

Quantum Catz JN: ::Watches them go, not saying anything::

Yarnkittymon :  ::the older guard asks Dolly to sit beside him, leaving the younger one to the back::

Maeveowens DK: ::she looks confused, and rather uncomfortable, but she does as she's told::

Yarnkittymon :  ::the younger guard says, presumptuously::  Once the questioning is through, I can escort you back to the orphanage, Miss Kindall.

Maeveowens DK: ::her eyes widen and she glances back at the young man; softly:: Thank you but I think I'd prefer to remain with my family. ::she turns around quickly to keep herself from bursting into tears::

Yarnkittymon :  ::the older guard looks back sternly::  Rodney...

Yarnkittymon:  ::the younger guard frowns apologetically::

Maeveowens DK: ::she shifts in her seat, feeling completely awkward and tense riding with these two strangers::

Yarnkittymon :  ::they finally get back to Marquis, and Dolly is quickly taken to a bare interrogation room::

Maeveowens DK: ::she looks even more nervous when they take her into the small, confined, room::

Yarnkittymon :  ::the two guards leave, but in a minute, Rodney comes back in, accompanied by a guard not much older than him::

Maeveowens DK: ::she swallows hard and averts her gaze::

Yarnkittymon :  ::the older guard bows slightly to Dolly::  I'm Guard Mike Taylor.  Miss Kindall?  ::holds out his hand to her:: 

Maeveowens DK: ::she looks at the hand for a moment before she shyly reaches out with cold fingers to return the handshake::

Yarnkittymon :  ::the man nods, sitting down::  We just have a few questions for you, Miss Kindall.

Maeveowens DK: ::she looks down at the table, almost smiling when she sees that Maeve must have been here once since there's tiny x's burned into the table, but otherwise not responding a bit::

Yarnkittymon :  We were told you had an interview with someone recently...or a confrontation.

Maeveowens DK: ::she looks up at him, not sure what he wants her to say::

Yarnkittymon :  Can you tell me about that?

Maeveowens DK: ::she turns pale again, and finds it quite impossible to speak. She's terrified that anything she says will likely be her brother's death sentence::

Yarnkittymon :  ::waits patiently::

Maeveowens DK: ::she looks between the two; unsure of what to say or where to start; weakly:: What about it?

Yarnkittymon :  ::Rodney looks sympathetically at Dolly::

Yarnkittymon:  ::Guard Taylor quietly says::  We'd just like to hear about it.  What happened, exactly?  What were you told?

Maeveowens DK: ::she starts to tear up; weakly:: These balls of light attacked my brother. We took him home. 

Yarnkittymon :  What about these balls of light?

Maeveowens DK: ::she shakes her head, shrugging:: I don't know. They wanted to blame someone for hurting them- I guess they were Amy... ::she seems to slowly be dissolving into tears right before their eyes::

Yarnkittymon :  ::Rodney steps forward::  Miss Kindall...

Yarnkittymon:  ::Guard Taylor looks back at Rodney, shaking his head, then looks back at Dolly::  And what happened?

Maeveowens DK: ::weakly:: They attacked him and then we went home.

Yarnkittymon :  Did you see them again?

Maeveowens DK: ::she hesitates as her whole body practically screams for her to run from room; quietly:: Yes. We wanted to make sure they weren't going to hurt anyone else.

Yarnkittymon :  And what happened then?

Maeveowens DK: They attacked me, and I don't know what happened after that until I woke up. Josh said Amy was gone and then he took me home.

Yarnkittymon :  Did you see anything?

Maeveowens DK: ::she tenses, and doesn't move, panicking over what she should do::

Yarnkittymon :  You need to tell us, Miss Kindall.

Maeveowens DK: ::slowly:: I saw a bunch of things Amy wanted me to see

Yarnkittymon :  Share them with us.

Maeveowens DK: ::she clutches the table with white knuckles:: Her death. I just saw her death...

Yarnkittymon :  I need you to tell us about that.

Maeveowens DK: ::she shakes her head, trying not to cry.:: Please, I don't want to. I don't want... ::she shudders as she drops her head into her hands::

Yarnkittymon :  ::Rodney cringes::

Yarnkittymon:  ::Guard Taylor leans forward::  Miss Kindall?

Maeveowens DK: ::whimpers out a tiny sob but doesn't look up::

Yarnkittymon :  ::the guard clears his throat::  Miss Kindall, please.

Maeveowens DK: I don't want to remember!

Yarnkittymon :  ::Rodney quietly says::  Guard Taylor, please...

Yarnkittymon:  ::the guard shoots Rodney a very dark look, then leans over Dolly::  We need your testimony!

Maeveowens DK: I don't have one! I don't know who murdered her!

Yarnkittymon :  Tell me what you saw!

Maeveowens DK: ::she shakes her head:: I saw someone-someone- hurting her but I don't know who it was!

Yarnkittymon :  Who?

Maeveowens DK: ::cries:: I don't know!

Yarnkittymon :  You saw something!

Maeveowens DK: ::begs:: But I don't know who it was!

Yarnkittymon :  What did you see?

Maeveowens DK: ::whimpers:: I already told you

Yarnkittymon :  Who did you see?  What did they look like?

Maeveowens DK: ::she tenses, shaking her head again; softly:: No. I don't know.

Yarnkittymon :  Miss Kindall, you must tell me!

Maeveowens DK: ::she suddenly gets up from her chair, and tries to leave:: No. I don't know who it was. ::tears are pouring down her cheeks and she's trembling in her effort not to let the flashbacks come::

Yarnkittymon :  ::Guard Taylor gets up and blocks the door::  Miss Kindall, a girl is *dead* and you insist on obstructing justice!

Yarnkittymon:  ::Rodney's voice shakes as he murmurs::  Leave her alone.

Maeveowens DK: I'm sorry she's dead! But I don't know who did it!

Yarnkittymon :  Tell us what you saw!

Maeveowens DK: ::she suddenly goes quite pale and she stumbles away from him. She squeezes her eyes shut, trying to blot out the memories but they insist on coming back::

Yarnkittymon :  Tell us!

Yarnkittymon:  ::Rodney comes forward, reaching for Dolly's arm::

Maeveowens DK: ::she shrinks away from as if he were the one who had beaten the poor girl. She nearly screams herself hoarse when Rodney touches her::

Yarnkittymon :  ::Rodney shies back::

Maeveowens DK: ::she presses herself up against the wall, wishing she was anywhere but there::

Yarnkittymon :  ::Rodney calls out::  Guard Taylor, please!

Yarnkittymon :  ::Matthew knocks on the door::  Hello?

Maeveowens DK: ::she's huddled up against the wall, not speaking::

Yarnkittymon :  ::Rodney opens the door, looking frightened::  She's...

Yarnkittymon:  ::Matthew cringes, stepping back, and he just walks out::

Yarnkittymon :  ::the guards inside hear yells from outside; Rodney is checking on Dolly, but Guard Taylor goes to the door, yelling when he sees a mouse::

Quantum Catz EK: ::changes back to a human once he's inside the room:: Dolly, are you okay?

Maeveowens DK: ::she's tense, afraid from the memories and didn't want to move and draw attention to herself. But she jerks back when she hears her brother call her name. She can't help flinching though when all she sees is his image coming at her with his fists::

Quantum Catz EK: :pales at her response, looking rather stricken; doesn't move towards her:: Dolly?

Yarnkittymon :  ::Rodney cringes, and Guard Taylor frowns deeply::

Maeveowens DK: ::she trembles:: Yes?

Quantum Catz EK: I...I heard you scream

Maeveowens DK: ::whispers:: Memories... ::she looks back up at him, hesitantly, and tries not to flinch again::

Quantum Catz EK: ::doesn't know what to say now, because he can tell that she's still uncomfortable facing him::

Yarnkittymon :  ::the guard doesn't interrupt them::

Maeveowens DK: ::she looks down again, still reeling with memories; weakly:: I'm sorry... I don't know what to do...

Quantum Catz EK: ::moves towards her, though rather hesitantly:: I wish I could've stopped her from doing this to you 

Yarnkittymon :  ::Guard Taylor comes forward::  You get back from her before you kill her too!

Quantum Catz EK: ::Turns to glare at him:: I'm not going to kill my own sister!

Maeveowens DK: ::she shies back, either from Eli or the Guards outburst; cries:: He wouldn't! It wasn't him! I don't know who it was!

Yarnkittymon :  ::Guard Taylor yells::  You haven't even given us a description of the person who did it!

Maeveowens DK: ::she cringes, shaking her head, and moves to curl up against the wall again. Fearful that they'll drag it out of her, and distressed beyond her limit, she finally gives up and they all see her slump to the floor::

Yarnkittymon :  ::Rodney cringes, glaring at his superior::  Sir!

Quantum Catz EK: ::sighs when he sees his sister slump forward and kneels beside her, to check she's okay::

Yarnkittymon :  ::Guard Taylor says::  You've seen her; get back.

Maeveowens DK: ::she might feel a little warm from all the stress she's been under::

Quantum Catz EK: ::turns to look at him, rather wearily:: What exactly d'you think I'm going to do to her in front of you all?

Yarnkittymon :  ::the guard shakes his head coldly::  You shouldn't be in here.

Quantum Catz EK: Well you should've let me see her

Yarnkittymon :  And we did. 

Quantum Catz EK: ::stands up and backs away from her, thinking it probably isn't a good idea to be close to her when she comes back anyway::

Yarnkittymon :  ::Rodney looks at Eli, then tries to wake Dolly up, softly calling to her:: 

Quantum Catz EK: She won't hear you - she isn't there

Yarnkittymon :  ::Guard Taylor smirks::  Scared her away?

Quantum Catz EK: ::softly, still looking rather thrown by her reaction to him:: You were the one shouting at her

Yarnkittymon :  ::Rodney asks::  Do we need to fetch Mr. Isaac?

Quantum Catz EK: It's her ability - she's just run away, she'll be back eventually

Yarnkittymon :  ::Guard Taylor gruffly says::  Well, if she'll be back, we'll just get you back to your cell.

Quantum Catz EK: ::shrugs, turning away from his sister; though he can't help but say to Taylor:: What Amy showed her upset her and you're not making it any easier, maybe someone with a bit less of a temper should be asking her questions

Yarnkittymon :  ::the guard says::  She's not cooperating!

Quantum Catz EK: She was cowering on the floor - that's how much it upsets her! You think she wants to be chatting about it with you?

Yarnkittymon :  ::Rodney looks at Guard Taylor; quietly::  Couldn't Harry try?

Yarnkittymon:  ::Guard Taylor glares; quietly::  She wouldn't talk for him, either.

Quantum Catz EK: ::rubs his eyes with his hand and then says, softly:: Let me see Harry, I'll tell him what he has to say to get her to talk

Yarnkittymon :  ::Rodney looks grimly at Guard Taylor, and then goes to the door, slipping out::

Yarnkittymon HR:  ::comes in a minute later, cringing when he sees Eli and Dolly::

Quantum Catz EK: ::sighs:: Tell her that I told Kitten I trusted her and the others to make sure I got out of here. So she doesn't have to lie to protect me. They'll find something. ::smiles weakly:: She wouldn't believe any of the others, she might believe you

Yarnkittymon HR:  ::smiles weakly at Eli, clapping the young man's shoulder::  We'll get this figured out.  Thanks.

Quantum Catz EK: ::shrugs, not looking too happy:: I want her out of here

Yarnkittymon HR:  ::nods::  As soon as she comes clean with us, I promise.

Quantum Catz EK: ::heads for the door without another word::

Yarnkittymon :  ::Guard Taylor goes with Eli, watching him like a hawk::

Yarnkittymon HR:  ::kneels beside Dolly, waiting for her to wake::

Quantum Catz EK: ::heads back to the room he was in before, sitting back down in his chair, not really paying attention to the guards::

Maeveowens DK: ::she comes to a bit later, and while she had begun to regain color she looses it when she finds herself back in the cell:: 

Yarnkittymon :  ::the guards try to interrogate Eli, but find him rather uncooperative::

HR:  ::looks rather relieved to see her wake, and Rodney does, too::

Maeveowens DK; ::she looks up at them and they can immediately see the tears begin to well up in her eyes; softly begs:: Please, just let me go.

Yarnkittymon HR:  ::takes a deep breath::  Dolly...Eli said he told Kitten he trusted her and the others to make sure he got out.  He told you not to lie to protect him, because we'll find something.

Maeveowens DK: ::she pauses, biting her lip but finds she still can't do it.:: But what if you don't? I can't, I can't be the one that...please don't ask me to. ::she sniffs, and shakes her head.::

Yarnkittymon HR:  ::softly::   If you tell us everything, that may help us find who did it.  And you'll be free to go back to your family and get to work on freeing him.

Maeveowens DK: I don't know anything about who did it Mr. Chalmers!

Yarnkittymon HR:  You know what you saw, Miss...::amends::  Dolly.  Please tell the truth.  Eli doesn't want you here, and we can't free you until you've told us what we know you know.

Maeveowens DK: ::she shudders and looks away. It takes her a good five minutes to work up the courage to utter the words; very softly:: He looked like Eli. ::suddenly looks up at Harry; desperately:: But it wasn't him!

Yarnkittymon HR:  ::his serious expression doesn't change; he's still crouched down next to Dolly::  I know, Dolly.  But...you have to tell us everything, so we can track down whoever it was.  Whether it was a person or an animal.

Maeveowens DK: ::she looks near tears again; weakly:: He started out as a person but morphed into- ::she cuts herself off, looking unsure and feeling like she's the one sealing her brother's fate::

Yarnkittymon HR:  What did the person look like, Dolly? 

Yarnkittymon:  ::Rodney is still in the room, looking a bit ill at what Dolly is saying::

Maeveowens DK: ::looking guilty:: Eli

Yarnkittymon HR:  ::cringes, and looks at Rodney sternly, then back at Dolly; whispering::  Please describe him.  They just need to know hair color, and eyes, if you saw it...not who it looked like.

Maeveowens DK: ::looks ill but quietly describes someone that sounds a lot like Eli:: 

Yarnkittymon HR:  ::nods, reaching for a notebook to take notes::  Please tell me everything, Dolly.

Maeveowens DK: ::she does but she breaks down several times through the whole thing, feeling like a complete failure as a sister::

Yarnkittymon HR:  ::encourages Dolly as much as he can, occasionally bringing up that this is what Eli asked::

Maeveowens DK: ::she knows it's what he asked but it doesn't comfort her while she still thinks her testimony could likely lead to him being hanged. She's mostly just overly worried::

Yarnkittymon :  ::Rodney is getting more and more pale as Dolly continues, which is probably not very comforting, if she bothers to look at him.  Harry's expression doesn't change much.::

Yarnkittymon:  ::when Dolly is done, Harry nods, closing the notebook::  Thank you for your time, Miss Kindall.

Maeveowens DK: ::she does glance at him and it only serves to make her look more ill. She shakily gets to her feet:: 

Yarnkittymon HR:  ::quietly::  We'll do what we can.  We...may be interviewing Josh as well.

Maeveowens DK: ::she looks up, her heart breaking even more. There's no more tears left in her now, just numbness. She moves to the door, barely acknowledging the room around her::

Yarnkittymon HR:  ::quietly::  Can I walk you home, Miss Kindall? 

Maeveowens DK: ::she turns but shakes her head, and then moves to hurry out the door, looking like she's really going to be sick::

Yarnkittymon HR:  ::sighs, looking rather upset for a guard::

Maeveowens DK: ::after losing what little lunch she had in the bushes outside of the guard house, she walks back to the house. She comes in, looking pale and worn::

Yarnkittymon JH:  ::just got home from school a few minutes ago; looks up worriedly::  Dolly?

Maeveowens DK; ::she doesn't respond in anyway, just keeps walking towards the stairs::

Yarnkittymon JH:  ::follows after Dolly, frowning::  What's wrong?

Maeveowens DK: ::she pauses, finally coming out of it; whispers:: I told them. It's my fault. ::she continues towards the stairs::

Yarnkittymon JH:  ::continues following Dolly::  Told them what?

Maeveowens DK: ::she starts to tear up again::

Yarnkittymon JH:  ::reaches out to hug Dolly::  What did you tell who?

Maeveowens DK: ::his embrace breaks her, and she slumps against him; sobbing:: They made me tell them! Eli is going to die because I told them!

Yarnkittymon JH:  ::stiffens a little, but then says::  You just told them the truth, right?

Quantum Catz IS: ::has been sitting in the kitchen, rather helplessly trying to work out what they should do to try and clear Eli's name; when he hears the other two come in, heads through to see them, though he pales when he sees the state Dolly's in:: Dolly?

Maeveowens DK: Yes! I tried not to!

Yarnkittymon JH:  ::softly::  Nothing bad can come from the truth, Dolly.  They'll figure out it wasn't him.

Maeveowens DK: What if they don't? Then it's my fault.

Yarnkittymon JH:  ::trembles a bit at that thought, but shakes his head::  They can't hold him, Dolly.  He'd get out.

Maeveowens DK: ::she shudders too, and just clings tightly to her brother.::

Quantum Catz IS: ::feels rather helpless, wishing he could just make this go away as easily as the injuries Eli always ends up with::

Yarnkittymon JH:  ::softly::  We've got to find who did it.  It's gotta be a really good shapeshifter; there can't be too many of those around.

Maeveowens DK: ::she can't handle this anymore and just continues to shake::

Quantum Catz IS: If they lived around here, Eli would probably know about them

Yarnkittymon JH:  Or someone who made him do things and then made him forget.  ::cringes::  Or just someone who could steal his powers--or what he looked like.

Quantum Catz IS: If someone copied his face or his powers, then they planned this.  Maybe someone who knew Amy might know something

Yarnkittymon JH:  ::nods quickly, then pauses::  Who can talk to them, though?  They'll think we're all monsters, since I'm sure they think Eli did it.

Maeveowens MV: ::she comes down the stairs:: How will they know we're related to Eli if we don't tell them?

Yarnkittymon JH:  ::cringes::  We can't lie, can we? 

Maeveowens MV: We're just investigating. It's not like we're going to lie about the evidence.

Yarnkittymon JH:  But won't they recognize our last name?

Maeveowens MV: Not if I use my maiden name? Or we don't use our last names or you know, make up one.

Quantum Catz IS: ::sighs:: Some of them might recognise me though

Yarnkittymon JH:  Probably not the rest of us, though...if we lied about our names.  They may have heard about Maeve on the radio.  ::still looks troubled over the lying part::

Maeveowens MV: They won't know what I look like and it's not like we can avoid lying.

Yarnkittymon JH:  ::frowns; quietly::  It's not very heroic

Quantum Catz IS: Maybe we should just tell them the truth - that we want to know what happened.  I've helped a lot of people and their families, the least they can do is answer our questions

Maeveowens MV: ::looks a little hurt at Josh's statement; softly:: You could try. If they won't I'm sure Harry and Stephanie could step in. 

Yarnkittymon JH:  ::nods; quietly::  Whose side is Mr. Chalmers on?

Maeveowens DK: ::quietly:: Eli's.

Maeveowens MV: ::smirks at Josh:: And why wouldn't he be?

Yarnkittymon JH:  ::nods::  Maybe we should ask the guards to do it, then.  Or at least Mr. Chalmers.  ::smiles a little at Maeve::  He became a guard; I didn't know if he had to follow the law to the letter or not.

Maeveowens  MV: ::cant help but laugh:: Harry? Follow the law completely? Right.

yarnkittymon: JH: ::smiles; quietly:: Maybe we can tell him but work separately?
maeveowens: MV: ::frowns:: If we're going to work separately then why tell him at all?
yarnkittymon: JH:  We may get in trouble, or get him in trouble.  He doesn't look impartial if he's working with you, Maeve.
IS: He's right - there's no point in causing any problems for Harry if we don't have too
maeveowens: MV: Except I think he'd be safer *not* knowing.
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::nods::  Well, we should get going then.  I guess if we fail we can ask Harry for backup.
quantumcatz: IS: One of us should stay with Olivia
MV: ::she looks back at Isaac:: If anything should go wrong with Eli you should be here just in case.
quantumcatz: IS: ::hesitates and then nods:: Okay, good luck
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::smiles at Isaac, silently telling him he'll keep Maeve safe::
maeveowens: MV: ::is a bit surprised he relented so quickly but chalks it up to him still worrying over Eli. She smiles slightly; softly:: I'm going to grab some things, say goodbye to Olivia and I'll be right back down.
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::goes to his bedroom to get a few clothes too::
IS: ::looks at Dolly:: Maybe you should stay here, Dolly - i think you've been through enough today
maeveowens: DK: ::she tears up, and quickly nods her head; quietly:: Okay. I...I can help with Olivia. ::she looks away then turns towards the stairs::
quantumcatz: IS: ::reaches out for her arm as she turns away:: Eli'll be okay, you know. We know he didn't do it, we just have to prove it
maeveowens: DK: ::she trembles; quietly:: I know. I just don't like my part in it.
quantumcatz: IS: It was probably what Amy intended when she showed you it. It's not your fault
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::comes out a minute later with a small bag, looking sadly at his sister::
DK: ::she nods her head but still looks upset; softly:: I'm going to lay down for a while if that's okay?
quantumcatz: IS: Okay. I'm here if you need me
JH:  ::reaches forward to hug Dolly; softly::  We'll take care of it.
maeveowens: DK: ::she nods again; quietly:: Be careful.
yarnkittymon: JH:  I will, I promise.
maeveowens: MV: ::comes back down, looking a bit sad but she covers it up with a smile. She's holding a small bag as well::
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::looks back at his brother::  We'll be back.
IS: ::nods, not looking very happy about staying behind::
maeveowens: DK: ::looks at Josh again: I'll see you soon. And you'd better come back without a scratch. ::she smiles sadly before she heads up the stairs::
quantumcatz: IS: ::nods, not looking very happy about staying behind::
quantumcatz: DK: ::looks at Josh again: I'll see you soon. And you'd better come back without a scratch. ::she smiles sadly before she heads up the stairs::
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::nods, smiling at his sister before heading for the door::
IS: ::reaches for Maeve's hand:: Be careful
maeveowens: MV: ::she smiles sadly then leans over to give him a quick kiss; softly:: I will.
JH:  ::is still waiting outside::

quantumcatz: IS: Don't just go running into any danger either. You've only just gotten healthy again

MaeveOwens:MV: I don't think I have anything to worry about. I'm not a shape-shifter. ::she squeezes his hand:: We'll be okay.
Quantum Catz: IS: Well neither was Amy, just be careful
maeveowens: MV: ::she nods:: Try not to worry.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::Smiles weakly:: I'll try, but it probably won't help
maeveowens: MV: ::starting to move away:: Okay, I'll see you soon then.
Quantum Catz: IS: I love you. See you later
maeveowens: MV: I love you too. ::she smiles weakly as she heads out the door::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::smiles when he sees Maeve, and starts walking; laughs to himself:: Let me know if you need me to slow down. ::pauses:: Unless you wanted to take the horse.
maeveowens: MV: ::smirks:: I can keep up just fine.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::smiles, then turns sober:: Besides...we might find something, walking.
maeveowens: MV: ::she shrugs:: We could.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::keeps a sharp eye out as soon as they're out of Marquis::
maeveowens: LA: ::a small white bird is circling above them::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::is so focused on the road, he doesn't notice::
maeveowens: MV: ::isn't looking up either so the bird goes unnoticed by her as well.::
Quantum Catz: : ::Pine is a small village between Marquis and Kenston, it's well-kept, although rather non-descript. It has one small grocery shop and an inn, but not much more than that; there are a couple of old women standing chatting outside the shop, they turn to look at the two of them as they enter the village::
maeveowens: MV: ::mutters to Josh:: Okay, turn on your cute boy charm and go talk to those two women.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::cringes a little, suddenly afraid of bringing up bad memories for people...even if Amy was certain no one would care::
maeveowens: MV: ::puts her hand on Josh's arm:: I know it might be painful for them but if they care about Amy they'll care about bringing the right person to justice.
YarnKittymon JH: ::bows to both the women, clearing his throat, and holding out his hand to the friendlier one first, looking her in the eyes seriously:: I'm Josh Kindall, from Marquis.
Quantum Catz: : ::the more severe looking woman sniffs:: A Kindall - there's a surprise, no doubt disputing every word that poor young girl said
YarnKittymon: JH: ::cringes, realizing he already made a mistake, and he shakes his head, raising his hand:: I'm just looking for the truth!
maeveowens: MV: ::hears the conversation and cringes. She slips away, figuring she better find someone else before word gets around::
Quantum Catz: : I've already told the truth. The guards know what I saw and I stand by it
YarnKittymon: JH: ::quietly:: What did you see?
Quantum Catz: : Well, we both saw, didn't we, Ethel? That big black dog she was with near her house and everyone knows real animals didn't go near her
Quantum Catz: : ::Ethel nods:: Put them on edge she did. Was her ability, you see. It scared them
YarnKittymon: JH: ::frowns; quietly:: She said...that he couldn't see her because he was an animal.
Quantum Catz: : ::Ethel looks a bit confused:: Her ability, dear. The animals couldn't see those funny little spheres, that's why they didn't like her. Something like that wouldn't bother a shapeshifter, of course
YarnKittymon: JH: ::his eyes wide:: Eli was there with us, and he couldn't see the spheres. ::pauses:: You...know what happened, right? That she...kept part of herself alive, even after she died?
Quantum Catz: : ::the severe looking one shakes her head:: I think Ethel meant that it wouldn't bother him if he couldn't see them. We heard the story. Terrible thing. She was a funny child, but she had a good heart. Forever trying to show people her memories of pretty things, all well and good but there were better ways she could have spent her time
Quantum Catz: : ::there's noise coming from inside the inn, as if a few of the men are arguing, although otherwise the village is rather quiet and no-one seems to be about::
maeveowens: MV: ::she pauses, wondering if she should even bother, but she eventually wanders inside::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::cringes; softly:: I could tell she was a good person. I'm sorry about what happened to her. ::looks at the more sympathetic woman, frowning::
maeveowens: LA: ::she finally perches on a tree next to Josh::
Quantum Catz: : ::There's a man standing at the bar, looking rather worse for wear, a pint sloshing in his hand as he struggles to stand straight. A couple other men are telling him to go home but he's rather loudly refusing; the bar tender, surprisingly, doesn't seem bothered either way::
maeveowens: MV: ::she walks towards the bar and sits down, waiting to see what all of the fuss is about::
Quantum Catz: : ::Ethel nods:: I'm sure you are, dear. It's a shame you ended up with such a bad apple. That young Isaac's always so lovely
maeveowens: LA: ::the little bird gives an ungrateful chirp::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::frowns; quietly:: Did you know the dog before...before Amy left?
Quantum Catz: : ::the bartender turns away from the fight and moves towards Maeve:: What can i get you, pretty lady?
maeveowens: MV: ::she smiles warmly at the man; softly:: How about a water while I decide? ::she glances at the men:: What's all the fuss about?
Quantum Catz: : We just saw her with the dog. He never came into town. We thought there was some funny business going on but her Da insisted she'd just run away
Quantum Catz: : ::the man hesitates to respond, looking Maeve up and down, as he fetches the water:: He lost his daughter
maeveowens: MV: ::she frowns; softly:: Oh. That's awful. What happened to her?
Quantum Catz: : Someone killed her. The guards just told him today - he's been in here ever since
maeveowens: MV: ::her eyes widen in surprise; quietly:: Do you know anything about the man who killed her?
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::frowns; quietly::  I know you don't believe me, but it wasn't my brother.  He wouldn't lie.  Maybe something was controlling him...or I think it was someone else.
quantumcatz: : ::shrugs:: Ain't my business. Heard it was someone over in Marquis
: ::the severe looking woman shrugs:: I'm sure the guards know their job, young man
maeveowens: MV: Surely you must have heard some rumors? Even before she disappeared?

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::looks at the woman who looks a little kinder; quietly::  What about you?  Do you know anything, Miss?
: There're always rumours, miss. She wasn't happy here, we just thought she'd up and left
maeveowens: MV: Did you see her with anyone before she left?
: ::the drunken man suddenly shouts:: She should've run away! Should've - been-been safe somewhere else!

 maeveowens: MV: ::she jumps then glances over her shoulder, watching::
quantumcatz: :
::the bartender turns to look at him too:: They never got on well, him and his daughter. She spent most of her time on her own. There were stories about a dog but everyone knows dogs don't...didn't...go near her
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::nods; quietly::  Think you can introduce me to one of them, if you won't tell me what you told them?
quantumcatz: : ::the drunken man falls into a bar stool and looks down rather sadly at his drink, murmuring:: Shoulda been safe. Protected her from her ma...but not this...couldn't stop this
quantumcatz: : ::the severe one says:: Surely the guards won't tell you - you might well come back and badger us to change our statements or some kind of thing. We already told you, all we saw was that dog
MV: ::she cringes and then looks back at the barkeep:: Do you know where she spent all her time at?
yarnkittymon: JH: Do you know where she went from here?  Do you know who might talk to me?  ::looking rather desperate::

quantumcatz: : ::the bartender shrugs:: She just...hung around. It's a shame really ::taps his head:: Got a beautiful memory in here of a butterfly, just a normal butterfly but I can feel how happy it made her. She was only a little kid then
maeveowens: MV: ::she nods:: She sounds like she was a good kid. ::she pauses:: Did the memories she have take place at a certain spot?
quantumcatz: : ::the kinder looking woman smiles sadly at him:: I think you're best leaving alone - her father would be so upset to know you're here. And after all that bad stuff when she was a little one, he's bad enough now as it is
quantumcatz: : ::the bartender finally sighs:: Look, miss, I'm trying to be nice - but i heard from the guards that the guy who did this had friends who might poke their noses in
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::cringes::  I...was with her when she finally died.
maeveowens: MV: ::feigns indifference:: Sorry, I'm just a gal who likes a mystery. ::she smiles again:: The guards in Marquis aren't exactly reliable anyway.
: Oh, you poor dear
quantumcatz: : Ethel!
maeveowens: LA: ::chirps again and ruffles her feathers::
JH:  ::cringes at the reprimand; quietly::  It's not fair to us *or* to her, if the right person doesn't go to jail for it.  ::cringes again, getting teary-eyed, thinking of Amy::
quantumcatz: : ::the man smiles and leans forward:: There ain't many women like you in Marquis, maybe i could make a guess at your name - maybe do it loud enough that old Jez can hear it
maeveowens: MV: ::she looks at him quizzically:: What do you mean by that? And how do you even know I'm from Marquis?
quantumcatz: : Young Amy already showed her friend what really happened. That ability of hers only shows her memories
quantumcatz: : I'm sorry, dear. But it is true
: ::the bartender shrugs:: Maybe i do have an inkling who was arrested and i don't want it spread around here. Maybe i know he's got a red-headed sister-in-law 

maeveowens: MV: ::smirks:: And how could you possibly know that?

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::quietly::  What people see isn't always what happens.
quantumcatz: :
I like to know what might go on in my bar

maeveowens: MV: ::she shrugs:: And so what if I am this red-headed sister-in-law?
quantumcatz: : A memory from Amy was a perfect copy of her own memory, dear. You can't make that up
quantumcatz: : I'd suggest you keep your head down and stop asking so many questions.
JH:  ::quietly::  A child would have a memory of seeing Santa Claus at the store.  That doesn't mean Santa was there.
maeveowens: MV: If I don't someone else will. Wouldn't you want to be sure that they have the right man?
quantumcatz: : ::the severe one rolls her eyes:: People dress up as Santa. Isn't so easy to dress up as a shapeshifter
yarnkittymon: JH:  Did she tell anyone it was a shapeshifter?  And even if it was, Eli can't be the only one.
maeveowens: LA: ::chirps again and almost considers changing::

quantumcatz: : ::the bartender sighs and moves close to Maeve, glancing at the drunken man before saying, very softly:: I'll tell you one thing but only because i know Jack quite likes you.  The memory can't be faked, if she saw your brother, that's who she saw. But someone attacked her once before...called her a threat to the forest and its animals...bit of a co-incidence maybe. And maybe she's just unlucky
maeveowens: MV: First off, she might have seen someone who *looked* like him. And secondly, who was this other person?
: Like we said, a real dog wouldn't go near her. And you know she showed what happened, so obviously it was him ::turns to frown at the chirping bird::
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::quietly::  It wasn't.  I guess you're trying to do good...but we already have Amy's life get lost because of someone wicked.  I'm not going to let that happen to my brother too.
quantumcatz: : ::the man sighs:: Her mother. But she's dead now, her father...stopped it
maeveowens: MV: ::she cringes and looks away for a second; lowering her voice:: And what about the father? What's his power?

quantumcatz: : ::the bartender smiles weakly:: He grows things a little better than other people, that's what his wife liked about him.
quantumcatz: : ::the nice woman sighs:: Well, good luck to you, dear - but all you're going to get here is trouble if you keep asking questions like this and insisting he did nothing wrong
maeveowens: MV: Is there anyone in this town that has something against the family? A crush on Amy? A power that can disguise their looks?
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::in a low voice::  Thanks for your concern.  ::heads off to the inn::
quantumcatz: : No. The only ones who didn't like her were her mother's forest loving pals and they left when she died
maeveowens: MV: What if they came back?
: They left when she was four years old, it's a long time to wait.  Probably more likely she was in the wrong place at the wrong time when your brother-in-law lost his temper
JH:  ::steps inside, looking around for Maeve::
maeveowens: MV: My brother-in-law never met the girl nor did he have a reason to kill her. ::she gets up:: Thanks for your help though.
maeveowens: LA: ::perches on the inn's roof::
quantumcatz: : ::the bartender shrugs and heads over to the girl's father::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::looks at Maeve when comes out of the inn, walking over::  No luck? 

maeveowens: MV: ::she shrugs:: Not enough to know where to go now 

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::softly::  If Eli's still locked up, I'm tempted to walk out into the forest and try to draw them out.
MV: ::she shakes her head:: The people who I'm guessing did it left here when Amy's mother died. I don't think *we'd* bother them too much.
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::frowns; very quietly::  Maybe we need to scare them.
maeveowens: MV: ::she shakes her head:: I don't know how we'd do that. We're not particularly harmful to animals or to the forest.
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::quietly::  Fire is.
maeveowens: MV: ::she pauses and then eventually smiles:: You're right. It is. ::she grabs his arm:: Let's go!

 quantumcatz: BM: ::just as they're leaving the inn, Becky appears, looking rather tired but worried as well::
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::rather surprised::  Mrs Hamilton?
MV: ::she pales a bit; quietly:: Did something happen back home?
BM: Isaac...asked me to come find you - Eli's run away
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::cringes, shuddering, and looking as close to cursing as he's ever been; stomps his foot::
maeveowens: MV: ::smirks:: Figures.
JH:  ::quietly::  I can't believe him.  ::shakes his head::  Come on, Maeve...there's no sense in us going out and getting hurt.  They'll just blame Eli now.
MV: ::shakes her head:: Not if we continue our plan and catch the bad guys either before Eli gets to them or something...
JH:  ::cringes::  Mrs. Hamilton, can you find him?  Make him go back?  ::frowns::  Even if he's *innocent* he's going to jail
maeveowens: LA: ::she ruffles her feathers, shedding feathers over the news::
: BM: I tried to teleport to him and i couldn't - it's like he was hidden from me
MV: Well that's Eli for you. I just hope he knows what he's done this time. ::she shakes her head and walks out into the street::
quantumcatz: BM: No, it's not Eli - he can't hide from me. But he is hidden. Unless he's found some animal...but i can't think of one that could do that
MV: ::she turns back, frowning:: Great. He's gone and gotten himself into trouble. Well, if you can't find him then Guy can't. I guess Kizzie or Jack is our only hope.
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::nods grimly; quietly::  Let's go.  ::heads back towards Marquis without another word, intending to go to Kizzie, knowing that Jack's probably still weak::
quantumcatz: BM: ::goes back to Marquis, to tell Isaac that they're coming back::
KZ: ::smiles weakly when she opens the door:: I heard about Eli, if there's anything i can do...
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::nods; quietly::  We have to clear his name, Miss MacKenzie.
KZ: well, how can i help with that?
maeveowens: MV: ::smiles her hello then quietly:: Do you know of any forest people that have been around here lately? They're very protective of it?
KZ: ::frowns:: Not lately. A year or so back some people came to sing my praises as a healer. They said they'd talked to Eli too
JH:  ::eyes go wide::  Who?
maeveowens: MV: ::her eyes widen too:: They talked to Eli and now they've likely framed him? Why?
quantumcatz: KZ: It was a woman and a couple of men. I can't imagine they'd frame him though, maybe it's the wrong people. They seemed pretty harmless, just a bit strange.  They thought Eli was wonderful for being so at one with nature ::rolls her eyes::
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::quietly::  Do you know where they'd be now?
maeveowens: MV: ::smirks:: Maybe they didn't frame him but thought he might be a perfect role model for exacting their revenge? ::shrugs:: Or else they were lying.
quantumcatz: KZ: I'm sorry, i really don't know - they visited here for a day and left
MV: Did they say where they came from?
JH:  No names?
quantumcatz: KZ: I didn't really pay attention - people who're fascinated with nature amuse me probably about as much as they did Eli
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::sighs::  But Eli might know.  If we could find him.
maeveowens: MV: Wouldn't Eli have said something before? ::smirks::
quantumcatz: KZ: Isn't he...in jail? He didn't run away, did he?
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::nods once::
maeveowens: MV: That surprises you?

maeveowens: LA: ::she chrips again, sounding very angry for a bird. She flies down to the ground and finally changes, seeing that she's no longer in a strange town:: I guess Eli knows who it is after all. I can probably track him if the two of you want to follow.
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::rather surprised--for all his efforts to be observant, he never even noticed Leyla; he nods quickly::  Please.
maeveowens: MV: ::looks a little surprised as well. She looks back at Kizzie:: Can you see if they've passed by here so we can pick up the trail faster?
quantumcatz: KZ: I'm not sure i could look for people i barely remember - but there are trees near the prison - i could tell you what direction Eli went, if you need me to
maeveowens: LA: By then I could just pick up his scent from the prison.
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::nods; quietly::  Thank you, Miss MacKenzie.  ::turns to Leyla::  You ready?
LA: ::she nods::
quantumcatz: KZ: ::softly:: Good luck
MV: ::waves to Kizzie:: Thanks.
JH:  ::though he's thinking that if Eli would have behaved, they wouldn't NEED luck::  Thanks.
maeveowens: MV: ::waves to Kizzie:: Thanks.
maeveowens: LA: ::she walks off towards the prison, looking angry, hurt and betrayed.::
JH:  ::quietly::  We'll find him, Leyla.
maeveowens: LA: I know we will. It's what I'm going to do to him that we should be worried about.
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::frowns, though he can't really say anything; he's rather disgusted with his brother too::
quantumcatz: : ::the trail isn't easy to pick up near the prison, because he flew out as a bug, but he soon changed into what smells like his usual dog and started to run in a straight line towards where he's going, no matter how thick the forest::
maeveowens: LA: ::she's turned into a cat and once she picks up a strong sent she looks back at the other two, meows, and then takes off::
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::glances back at Maeve::  Can you run?
maeveowens: MV: ::smirks at him like he's gone crazy and then sprints past him after Leyla::
: ::Eli doesn't seem to be heading anywhere they know, there aren't any towns in this direction::
maeveowens: LA: ::doesn't stop to think about the location, just concentrates on his scent:: 

maeveowens: MV: ::she tries to keep in shape but probably isn't in as good of shape as Josh so he's likely a few strides ahead of her::
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::keeps his eye on Maeve and if she falls too far behind, he calls on Leyla to slow down::
LA: ::she does slow down when they get too far behind::
: ::it's a long time before they find anything other than his trail and it's dark when Leyla smells chimney smoke on the air::
maeveowens: LA: ::she slows down, trying to see if the source of the smoke is where Eli headed::
quantumcatz: : ::the wind's blowing towards them, so the smoke is coming from ahead, though it's probably hard to tell how far ahead::
maeveowens: LA: ::she just sticks to Eli's scent::
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::can probably make out a bit of smoke too, since he's been spending time trying to extinguish fires with his powers; follows closely behind Leyla, looking worried::
quantumcatz: : ::as she moves closer she can also pick up the scent of people; the trees begin to thin and they can see a small cottage sitting by a stream::
maeveowens: LA: ::she trots up to the cottage and looks for a window to perch in::
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::stays a little back, in case there's something dangerous; motions for Maeve to do the same::
maeveowens: MV: ::mutters:: I say we just draw them out. ::holds up her hand and starts to make a fireball.::
quantumcatz: : A woman in her fifties, with her hair tied in a tight bun, is sitting by her fire clutching a mug in her hands. A small boy is sitting on the floor near her, his head resting against her leg. In the corner, it looks like Eli in his dog form, his body tense, eyes constantly on the woman::
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::keeps his eye on Maeve, ready to try to extinguish anything that gets out of control, but he's upset enough to let her try it::
MV: ::walks towards some trees near the house::
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::follows close behind::   

maeveowens: MV: ::calls:: Come out come out com out ::lifts the fireball towards the tree::
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::looks between Maeve and the door::
quantumcatz: : ::the boy turns to snarl at the sound but the woman places her hand on his head:: Eli, go
quantumcatz: EK: ::changes back to himself and moves to the front door, opening it and stepping out:: She's terrified of the burning tree, Maeve
LA: ::she jumps out of the window and moves inbetween Maeve, Josh and the door. She looks at Eli, puzzled::
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::gasps to see his brother::
maeveowens: MV: ::she looks surprised but her eyes quickly narrow in confusion:: Then send her out here!
quantumcatz: EK: You go through me to get to her
yarnkittymon: JH:  Eli?
maeveowens: LA: ::she changes forms:: So your broke your promise to me so that you can come protect some woman and her child? They killed Amy!
quantumcatz: EK: ::for a moment there's a flicker of hesitation on his eyes; softly:: I killed Amy
JH:  ::glares at Eli::  That wasn't you!
maeveowens: LA: ::she looks at him and then at the door:: You said before that you'd never met Amy?
maeveowens: MV: ::she gives up with the tree and moves towards the house::
quantumcatz: EK: ::softly:: I gave her a flower and asked her to come into the forest with me. She would have gone anywhere to get away
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::fiercely::  You did not!  It wasn't you!
maeveowens: LA: ::looks almost sick:: That woman looked like she was controlling you...
: ::the woman suddenly calls out:: Eli, you're only drawing it out. It's tiresome
maeveowens: MV: ::tries to just sneak around them so she can get to the woman::
EK: ::an apologetic look crosses his eyes, but just as suddenly he's turning into a dog again and heading straight for Maeve::
maeveowens: MV: ::she gasps and tries to run for the house::
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::waves his arms::  Eli!  I know it's not you who did that!  Get over here and we'll talk!
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::runs after Eli, screaming::  Eli!
maeveowens: LA: ::looks a little frozen until she finally snaps out of it and begins the slow process of turning into a dog::
maeveowens: MV: Josh! Get back!
quantumcatz: EK: ::slows down at Maeve heads to the house, letting her get past him, in the doorway, the boy has turned into a rather ferocious looking cat::
maeveowens: MV: ::she skids to a stop and immediately tries to back out. She holds her hand out, forming a fireball::
quantumcatz: EK: ::snarls from behind her::
maeveowens: MV: ::she jumps, momentarily taking her eyes off the cat:: Eli! You're supposed to be on our side!
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::shuddering, steps back::  Eli!  You get away from Maeve!  ::crouches and picks up a rock to throw at him::
quantumcatz: EK: ::turns to looks at Josh, baring his teeth::
quantumcatz: : ::when her eyes are off the cat, it jumps towards her::

maeveowens: MV: ::was about to singe Eli so he wouldn't attack Josh but she fairly screams as the cat tackles her to the ground. Her hand comes up in self-defense::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::is trembling, but he quietly says::  Come get me, Eli.

quantumcatz: : ::the cat cries out in pain when she burns him with the fireball but swipes almost sulkily at her arm with his claws as he backs off of her::

quantumcatz: EK: ::glances at Maeve for a moment and then moves slowly towards Josh::

maeveowens: MV: ::she screams again as he easily takes her flesh off. Angrily throws a fireball at it::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::quietly::  Come here, Eli, unless you're scared.

maeveowens: LA: ::pounces between Josh and Eli, snarling::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::looking at Leyla::  I can take care of Eli.  Is there anyone else?

quantumcatz: : ::right then, Leyla can hear a soft voice in her head, suggesting that she stay back, stop fighting her kind. It's not so much controlling, as very enticing, and it sounds almost like a good idea::

maeveowens: LA: ::she cocks her head to the side, feeling a little puzzled::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::calls out::  Eli!

quantumcatz: : ::the cat tries to jump out of the way of the fireball, though it still catches its side; it cries out, sounding more than a little bit crazed::

quantumcatz: EK: ::looks at Leyla for a moment and then tries to get past her to Josh::

maeveowens: MV: ::tries to scramble to her feet but she's already feeling dizzy from the blood loss and the energies she's used::

maeveowens: LA: ::she hesitates, only half-heartedly trying to block his advancement::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::looks past Eli at Maeve, getting rather scared::  Maeve!

maeveowens: MV: ::looks back at the yard, paling even more when she sees Eli trying to attack his own brother:: Eli! Don't! It's Josh!

yarnkittymon: JH:  Maeve, I can take him!  You stay safe!

quantumcatz: : ::the voice now suggests to Leyla that maybe she might want to help the others fight the other humans. Though it's weak enough that she can still tell that it's not as good an idea as it might sound::

maeveowens: LA: ::again she halts her movements::

quantumcatz: EK: ::moves past Leyla and starts to run for Josh::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::braces himself, putting his hands out, praying he can make his powers work well enough::

quantumcatz: : The cat snarls, circling round Maeve, looking for an opening::

quantumcatz: EK: ::jumps for Josh, sure that his weight and momentum will be enough to knock him over::

maeveowens: MV: ::she cringes, knowing she won't make it to Josh in time. She tenses when she hears the cat and slowly turns to look at it. A second later she has another fireball out and is backing up::

maeveowens: LA: ::snaps out of it enough to try and leap at Eli::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::gets knocked over fairly easily, but all he's trying to do is--rather dangerously--get his hands near Eli's snout; he's been practicing taking oxygen away from fires, and thinks it might work on people and animals too::

quantumcatz: EK: ::tries to ignore Leyla, and tries to bite down on one of Josh's arms, not realising what his brother's trying to do::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::yells as he's bitten, but doesn't stop concentrating::

quantumcatz: :: ::the woman comes out to lean against the door frame, smiling:: You can do better than this

maeveowens: LA: ::she snips at Eli's leg, not knowing what Josh is up to either::

quantumcatz: : ::the cat snarls and leaps straight towards Maeve again, ignoring the fireball::

quantumcatz: EK: ::tries to kick Leyla, clamps down on one of Josh's arms, though this would leave Josh's other arm free to cover his snout::

maeveowens: MV: ::she gasps and flings the fireball at the cat while she makes a vain attempt to avoid the leaping furball.::

maeveowens: LA: ::whimpers and lets go. She stands back, looking unsure and hurt::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::reaches out and holds his hand over his brother's snout, concentrating harder than he's ever done before, insensible to the pain::

quantumcatz: : ::the voice tells Leyla she shouldn't be getting in the way::

quantumcatz: : ::the cat's leg is badly burnt and it tries to avoid putting weight on it, even as it still tries to snap at Maeve::

quantumcatz: EK: ::for a while, he still holds on, but then the grip becomes weaker and he collapses right on top of his brother::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::instantly pulls his hand back as the pain in his arm washes over him; he struggles to get out from beneath Eli::

maeveowens: MV: :::the cat knocks her down again but she's afraid enough of it's claws to try and burn it again::

maeveowens: LA: ::she shifts her weight, still looking lost::

quantumcatz: : ::as soon as Eli falls unconscious the voice becomes stronger in Leyla's head. It commands her to go to the woman::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::manages to push Eli aside, and touches his neck to make sure he's still warm::

maeveowens: LA: ::she pauses but eventually starts making small steps towards her::

quantumcatz: EK: ::still seems to be breathing::

quantumcatz: : ::the voice tells Leyla she should hold Maeve down so she can't burn her kind any more

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::gets up, walking over towards Maeve::  Maeve?  Are you okay?

maeveowens: LA: ::she trots towards Maeve::

maeveowens: MV: ::looks relieved when she sees Leyla:: Get it off of me!

quantumcatz: : ::the cat has backed away again to avoid the flames, but it's still snarling at Maeve, despite it's burns::

maeveowens: MV: ::tries to get to her feet but finds herself suddenly pinned under Leyla::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::calls out::  Leyla, don't!  ::runs for her, cringing when his arm swings the wrong way::

quantumcatz: : ::the woman steps forward:: You stop now or I'll have your friend here kill her

maeveowens: MV: Leyla! Don't let her take you too! ::grunts as she tries to push the girl off of her::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::stops, looking up at the woman coldly::  Who are you?

maeveowens: LA: ::Maeve gets her way since the woman's hold isn't that strong yet and allows Maeve to sit up::

quantumcatz: : ::the voice rather insistently says that Maeve shouldn't be allowed to move, it's too dangerous::

maeveowens: MV: ::is in the middle of trying to throw a fireball at the cat and it just leaves her fingers when Leyla pins her again::

maeveowens: LA: ::Is now struggling with Maeve::

quantumcatz: : ::the cat cries out in pain again and runs behind the woman::

yarnkittymon: JH:  What are you doing with Leyla?  What did you do to my brother?

quantumcatz: : ::the woman smirks:: They're animals - i showed them their correct paths, i pointed them in the direction they wanted to go

yarnkittymon: JH:  Animals don't hurt people they care about!

maeveowens: MV: You're turning them into killers!

quantumcatz: : ::What i meant was - i can control animals, apparently shapeshifters fall into that category. Funny thing, i cant make most animals kill for no reason, but shapeshifters will

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::his eyes go wide, and he shakes his head::  You...monster!  Why?

quantumcatz: : There are people out there who deserve to die

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::sounding choked::  What did Amy do?

quantumcatz: : She didn't belong. You could tell as soon as she even went near an animal. They knew it.

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::looks over Maeve, Eli, and Leyla, having to think for a few moments before he decides they can't carry the shapeshifters back--even if they'd come along willingly::  You'll hang for it.

maeveowens: MV: ::pushes Leyla off of her and charges at the woman, hoping to get her hands on her enough to use her as a hostage. She's weak though::

maeveowens: LA: ::follows after Maeve but she's lagging behind, looking like she doesn't want to hurt her::

quantumcatz: : ::the woman backs away; softly:: If I die, you'll lose him anyway

maeveowens: MV: ::she reaches for the woman:: Who says I want you to die? ::she cringes when she pulls the broken flesh on her arm and ends up stumbling towards the woman instead::

quantumcatz: : ::the voice tells Leyla she's going to end up causing a lot of trouble if she doesn't stop Maeve::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::walks tiredly towards the woman::  You're not going to make Eli and Leyla hitmen!

maeveowens: LA: ::slinks off after Maeve again::

maeveowens: MV: ::throws a spark at the woman when she gets closer, just to distract her so that maybe she can get her hands on her::

quantumcatz: : ::the woman tries to avoid the spark, though it skims her arm and she winces:: If i leave your brother now, you won't like what's left

maeveowens: MV: ::lunges for the woman, moaning when she aggravates her arm; cringing:: Then fix him! I'm not letting you walk away!

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::softly::  We don't have to kill you to take you in.

quantumcatz: : ::the voice tells leyla she should go for Maeve's legs, knock her over, that's the best way to diffuse things::

maeveowens: MV: ::brings a fireball up:: And I can take you back severely burned. Maybe a few trees as well.

quantumcatz: : ::the woman shrugs:: How long do you think Eli will stay unconscious for?

maeveowens: LA: ::lunges for Maeve's legs, sinking her teeth into her calves::

maeveowens: MV: ::she screams and loses the fireball::

quantumcatz: : ::the cat suddenly snarls again, pushing past the woman and moving towards Josh::

quantumcatz: : ::it's rather badly burned and limping, but it seems angry enough to keep going anyway::

maeveowens: MV: ::finally has to kick Leyla, making the girl whimper. She struggles to her feet again, stumbling several steps before she makes it. She glares at the woman, advancing on her::

yarnkittymon: JH:  Maeve!  ::doesn't notice the cat coming at first, and just barely brings up his hand and a foot to defend::

Quantum Catz: : ::the cat bites at Josh's arm, where Eli already bit it::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::cringes, but hopes the cat will keep his jaws around the arm (and not bite it off entirely); tries to take the oxygen away from the cat too::
maggybeths: MV: ::is still trying to get her hands on the woman::
Quantum Catz: : ::a man appears from among the trees, he's holding a crossbow and he shouts as he moves towards the doorway:: Everybody stop - now! That includes you, Selene
Quantum Catz: : ::in the corner of the room, a small fire from Maeve's stray fireball is steadily burning up one of the chairs; the woman glances at it but turns instead to the cat, which lets go of Josh and limps away towards her:: It's most vexing if you stop me before they're dead

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  :doesn't move, keeping his focus on the cat::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

 MV; :he pauses in her attempt to get to the woman, not really wanting to get near her again with that cat lurking near by::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::the man points his crossbow at Josh:: You - go deal with that fire and i might feel like fixing up that arm of yours before you loose too much blood

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::frowns, not getting up; quietly::  Who are you?

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::the man laughs:: Touchy - we could just go back to Selene setting her playmates on you if you prefer

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: I'd prefer it even more if the two of you would cooperate with us.

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  :silently goes over to the fires and gets to work putting them out::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: :he grabs for Josh:: NO! You'll only get burned Josh!

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::the man moves to block the doorway so the two can't get out of the house without going past him::

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::goes to the fire, coughing at the smoke, and flinching at the heat; he has to close his eyes to put his hands out and try to subdue the fire::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::the man leans against the doorframe looking amused:: You coulda just used a blanket or some water

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: :he glances at man, not liking the feeling of being trapped, but turns her attention back to Josh and the fire:: Or you know, let me?

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::yells as he's suddenly burned; steps back::  I've never tried one so big.  ::glares at the man::  Don't see why *you* didn't do it then!  ::looks around for a bucket of water::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: Oh, but then i couldn't aim my crossbow at anyone

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: :: sighs and swings the crossbow towards Maeve:: If you're the firestarter then you deal with it

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: :he has her bad arm tucked securely against her side but the other arm is behind her back, forming a fireball:: I'm not one to take orders. ::She tosses the fireball at the crossbow::

 Julie Bihn says:

JH:  Maeve!

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::the man tries to move out of the way before he's hit but the crossbow catches and he drops it:: Fine - that's you lost any right to my help ::he signals to the cat and it limps over to him::

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  :starts to cough, finally finding the family's bucket of water; he throws it on the burning chair::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: Like I could trust you to help us anyway! The crossbow doesn't exactly scream "I'm here to help you!"

 Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::he silently strokes where the cat's been injured and the burns seem to begin to heal, not as completely as with Isaac but they do start to look better::

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::quietly::  We just want Eli and Leyla back.  And...justice for Amy.

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::Leyla hears the voice in her head again, subtly trying to convince her that helping Josh and Maeve would be bad for both her and Eli::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::the man looks up from helping the cat:: Who's Amy?

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

LA: ::whimpers as she slowly moves towards the house again::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: ::glares at him:: The poor girl you had murdered.

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::quietly:: Amy's family should know the truth.

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: : shrugs:: Oh her. Selene didn't like her - i don't control what her playmates do

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: Guilty by association. That's good enough for me.

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::his eyes go wide::  You...::he can't even think of the words, that no one cares that a girl was murdered::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::the woman folds her arms:: There's no guilt when the girl deserved to die. Animals can tell who belongs, she didn't.  Even her mother knew so

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  She was a person!  What did she do that was worth killing her for?

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: You still don't have the right to decide who dies and who doesn't.  And you definitely do not have the right to force someone in to murdering someone. So with that said, are the two of you going to move away from the door or am I going to have to blast you out of it?

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::the man shrugs:: You'd have to fight past Selene's playmate first, and you don't look like you're as up to it as he is

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  :shakes his head in disgust::  You're both monsters.

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: :she forms another fireball:: And I'm not negotiating with you. You either come with us, unharmed, or I'm toasting you. ::she lets the fireball grow large even though the energy is obviously taking a lot out of her::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::the voice calls Leyla to come and sit next to the woman::

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  How long do you think you can get away with this?

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

LA: :she does so even though subconsciously she doesn't like it::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: ::looks absolutely crestfallen when Leyla appears at the woman's side. The fireball immediately goes out::You kill us and  more will come after you.

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::walks over to be near Maeve::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: :I haven't done anything and Selene...who would ever believe she could have such control over a human being?

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  :softly::  There are freaks who can read minds, and ones who can find people, wherever they are.

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::Leyla quite suddenly doesn't hear the voice anymore and is completely free; the woman is glancing towards the door, looking a bit drained::

Maggybeths@gmail.com says:

LA: :she shakes her head, trying to clear it. For a moment she isn't sure what's happening but as soon as it all clicks into place she jumps at the woman, baring her teeth::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::the woman cries out and falls back, not expecting Leyla to attack to quickly::

 Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::cringes to see Leyla jump, though he is glad to see she's going after the woman::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: :she turns towards the man:: Are you going to help us or not?

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::the man looks rather surprised:: Can't you control her?

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: Not her and Eli!

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: I'm going to take that as a no. ::she makes another fireball and advances towards the man. She'd throw it but she doesn't want to hit Leyla::

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  :softly::  If we take them alive, they can go to court.

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::the cat snarls but looks rather torn between helping the woman and defending the man::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: We can't if they won't cooperate.

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::cringes, though he knows Maeve's right::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::finally says, softly:: As long as Selene is alive, your brother will belong to her. So will Gregory here.

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: Not if we take her powers from her.

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::nods::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

:And you'd have to kill Eli and Gregory to get close enough to do that

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::closes his eyes, bowing his head::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

LA: :still has her jaws clamped around the woman's leg::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::the cat suddenly decides that the woman's more important and jumps for leyla::

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::yells::  Leyla!  :tumbles forward, trying to defend the girl who's practically his sister, though he can hardly lift his bad arm::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

:: sighs:: Told you

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

LA: ::lets go of her leg to try and dodge the cat::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: Josh! :he stumbles forward, not wanting the cat to turn on Josh.:: I'll just have to kill her! :he shudders though, remembering too well what happened the last time::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: :: the woman moves to sit up, rather glaring at the man who seemed to be pushing for her death::

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::cringes, but doesn't object to Maeve::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: :: the cat turns to snarl at Maeve, leaving leyla for now::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: :she looks pale but continues to advance on the woman.:: Give me a reason not to and I won't... :he lifts the fireball, ready to burn anything that moves towards her::

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::reaches out with his good hand and tries to restrain the cat::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

LA: :since she's free of the cat, she jumps at the woman again::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::the man backs away towards the doorway:: Eli's up. Looking a bit confused though. Wonder how long that will last?

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

 ::mutters as she tries to fight off leyla:: I'm calling him now. Say anymore and i'll be tempted to have him hurt you too

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::turns very pale at the man's pronouncement::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

LA: :she growls and continues to chew on the woman::

 maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: :she shrugs, and takes the woman's advice. She throws the fireball in her hand at the cat then stumbles towards the woman, trying to make another fireball to hit her with:: Leyla get the cat!

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

::the cat gets burned again but it goes after Maeve anyway, ignoring the pain::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

LA: :she sees the fireball and backs off. When she sees the cat move, she leaps towards it::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: :says a quick prayer of forgiveness and tosses the fireball on the person::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::when the fireball hits the woman she screams and the cat starts to howl. From outside they can hear Eli howling too::

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::cringes, calling out::  Eli!

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: :she backs away, shuddering:: Josh get out of here! :he reaches for Leyla, just wanting them all out of the house now::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::the cat turns back to the small boy he was before and turns to the man:: Make her better! Make her better! It hurts!

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::looks on in horror::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: ::her eyes widen and she gasps, having no idea there was a small boy hiding inside that furball. She looks almost sick now::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::the man sighs:: It won't hurt forever, son

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

LA: :she slowly turns back into a human, looking horrified herself. She barely turns in time to support Maeve who looks close to fainting now::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::the boy tries to move closer to her, reaching for her hand:: I can't hear her anymore!

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::finally gets a hold of himself and reaches out for Maeve, too; softly::  Is it...over?

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::Eli's howl quite suddenly stops from outside::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: :she looks too dazed to answer::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

LA: ::glances outside:: Eli! ::she lets go of Maeve and rushes outside::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: ::the man kneels down beside the boy and silently heals the burn Maeve just gave him::

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::holds Maeve up; softly::  It's okay...

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

EK: ::is lying curled up on the grass, crying::

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  :shudders as he moves his bad arm the wrong way; softly::  That man...might be able to help...

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: :softly:; Then you'd better get Leyla and Eli out of here

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::looks at Maeve::  What?

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

LA: :she kneels down beside him:: Eli?

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

EK: Stay away

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: ::quietly:: If she comes to then they'll be in trouble again.

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

LA: ::gently:: It's over Eli. The woman is dead.

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  :pauses, then nods; quietly::  I will, if you'll make sure...you're okay, and that she's gone.  ::heads back towards the house::

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

EK: I know, I can feel it

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: :she collapses on the floor, staring blankly at the woman.:: Are you going to fix her?

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

LA: :she reaches for his arm:: Come on then, let's get you...somewhere...safe.

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: I can't. I can regenerate something that would heal anyway. This won't heal

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

EK: Let go! :pulls his arm away and curls up tighter::

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  :softly::  We'll get the guard out here to...::shakes his head; quietly::  Can you help Maeve?  Please?  ::is starting to look a little tired himself::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

LA: :she cringes; softly:: Eli, it wasn't your fault. Please? We can't stay here. Josh and Maeve are hurt.

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

EK: ::moves his hand to his mouth:: I can taste his blood

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: :she looks away, feeling horrible right now: No. It's fine.

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::frowns, looking at the man, then away; softly::  We can find some bandages, at least.

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

: :the boy is still sitting holding the woman's hand, though he isn't saying anything now::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: :she can't stand to look at the scene anymore and tries to get to her feet again::

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  ::looks away, whispering to Maeve::  You saved Eli.

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: :she grabs on to the wall for support as she tries to get outside. She shakes her head:: Maybe.

Julie Bihn says:

JH:  :softly::  You did.

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

MV: But... :she glances at the woman and the boy, cringing. She just shakes her head again::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

LA: ::she cringes:: I think I bit Maeve if that makes you feel any better.

Say a prayer for the fallen angels... says:

EK: :: suddenly moves and wraps his arms around leyla's waist, hiding his head and crying again::

maggybeths@gmail.com says:

LA: ::looking very sad, she just wraps her arms around him, holding him tightly::

YarnKittymon: JH:  ::softly, to Maeve: You…didn’t have a choice.  She might have been hanged anyway, for Amy

maggybeths: MV: That's if anyone believes us and if they don't... ::she swallows hard, thinking that Eli will have company now::
YarnKittymon: JH:  They'll believe us.  And...even if they didn't, there's no point in worrying yet.  ::quietly:: We have enough to worry about as it is.  ::his gaze drifts to his brother, and he shudders::
maggybeths: MV: ::she smirks, figuring it was easy for him to say. He's never been in jail. She winces though when she sees Eli; quietly:: Perhaps you should go over there... ::she eases herself down on to the steps, looking very pale::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::frowns; quietly:: We really should ask if that man can help you. ::pauses:: But that might hurt our case. ::cringes, shaking his head; quietly:: You all right?
maggybeths: MV: ::slowly nods::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::still looks worried, but he goes over to Eli, afraid his brother might be hurt worse; calls when he gets near:: Eli?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::tenses when he hears Josh's voice and doesn't turn to look at him::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::softly:: Are you all right? Your lungs aren't damaged, are they?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::quietly:: I'm fine
maggybeths: LA: ::looks up at Josh:: Are they coming back with us?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::glances back; quietly:: I don't know...I didn't ask. ::cringes as he moves his injured arm:: I don't know if Maeve can make it back.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::pulls away from Leyla although he still doesn't look at Josh:: Michael can fix her...and you.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::softly:: We might want to get some witnesses first. If we come back and say we were threatened and we look fine...
maggybeths: LA: ::she lets him go, reluctantly:: Josh is right. What if they decide to take the woman's side?  ::she gets to her feet:: I can fly to Marquis and bring help back with me.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::nods; softly:: If Maeve gets much worse...we may have to ask for help anyway.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::softly:: Maeve shouldn't stay so near the house. The kid won't be happy and he might not listen to Michael
YarnKittymon: JH: ::quietly:: I'll bring her over closer here. Leyla, can you bring help?
maggybeths: LA: ::she nods:: I'll be back as soon as I can. Though I'm not sure I could fly anyone back. ::she steps away from them as she begins to change, a process that looks weird since it takes her longer to perform::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::doesn't watch Leyla change; his worried eyes are on his brother::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::looks towards Leyla, tempted to go with her, but glances towards the house, where Gregory is and sighs::
maggybeths: LA: ::once she is fully transformed into a little white bird, she takes off::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::frowns, and goes back to Maeve::
maggybeths: LA: ::she lands right outside of Marquis where she changes forms. When she heads into town, she goes straight for the guards, preferably looking for Harry::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::is actually inside Isaac's house; quietly says to the man:: I don't know if there's anything else we can do--when he comes back, he'll be in more trouble than when he left.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::sighs and shakes his head:: I still don't understand why ran off. He promised he'd leave it to us
maggybeths: LA: ::searches all of the guards look out spots and when she doesn't find Harry she returns to the house, wondering if the man was interrogating poor Isaac::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::nods; quietly:: I'm sorry, Isaac. But unless he was coerced into leaving--and given the fact that he seemed more than ready to leave--it's not looking good for him.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::softly:: He won't be found if he doesn't want to be
YarnKittymon: HR: ::glances around, then leans close to Isaac, whispering:: Confidentially, that may be best.
maggybeths: LA: ::she pushes the door open, freezing when she hears the exchange::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::looks up, very startled; clears his throat; very sternly:: So do you know where he might be, or not?
maggybeths: LA: I do. But we have proof now that... it wasn't his fault. ::she turns to Isaac; quietly:: Plus, Maeve and Josh are hurt.
YarnKittymon: HR: ::cringes::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks at leyla, rather surprised:: Where are they?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::clears his throat:: If I know where they are, I'll have no choice but to send the guards.
maggybeths: LA: ::looks at Harry:: But if there's proof. If we have the real people behind it... then that's a good thing, right?
YarnKittymon: HR: ::quietly:: Could be. ::frowning:: Shall I fetch them?
maggybeths: LA: ::she nods:: Those you trust, please? ::she cringes and looks away; quietly:: Unless you still think Eli should remain unseen? He did it but someone was controlling him. That someone is a little dead now but the rest of her family is still alive.
YarnKittymon: HR:  ::frowns::  If that's all true and he stays put...hopefully it will work out.  If he runs away again, though...::shakes his head::  If he runs away again, for *any* reason...  ::can't bring himself to finish::  I'll do what I can, but it's not my job to assign guards. ::heads for the door::
maggybeths: LA: ::she frowns:: I'm not sure it was him that ran away but the woman who called him. ::is hoping that will mean something::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::shakes his head:: They might forgive him once for running, if he was being controlled. They won't forgive him a second time, I'm sure.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::is looking rather more worried now he had the details:: Was it Eli who...?
maggybeths: LA: ::she looks away, cringing:: He bit Josh. ::she can't bring herself to admit that she bit Maeve::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::heads out::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::rubs his eyes with his hand:: What about Maeve? You said she was hurt too
maggybeths: LA: ::she nods; quietly:: Another boy, the woman's son, attacked her. She's okay really, just her arm is a little scratched up.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::nods:: And what about Eli? Is he okay?
maggybeths: LA: ::she hesitates:: Physically, yes.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::winces:: It's probably his worst nightmare, not being in control
maggybeths: LA: ::she shifts uncomfortably:: Should we be going? We need to move fast but I'm afraid I won't be able to shift into anything that can carry you but maybe a horse?
Quantum Catz: IS: I need to go tell Dolly where I'm going. And check if she's okay to watch Olivia
maggybeths: LA: ::she nods::

Quantum Catz: : ::back at the house, Eli's been sitting silently by the door, watching in case the boy comes running out, which he seems sure he'll do. He hasn't said anything to the others unless prompted and he looks rather haunted::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::does try to tell Eli that he's fine, even though his arm is rather torn up--after a while, he just falls silent, making sure Maeve isn't in danger::
maggybeths: MV: ::she's leaning up against the railing on the porch, too drained to do anything::
Quantum Catz: : ::Michael comes to the doorway, alone, glancing at Eli before looking at Maeve and Josh:: I take it the girl went to bring others
YarnKittymon: JH: ::nods:: They locked Eli up, before, thinking it was his fault Amy died.
maggybeths: MV: ::she cringes when she hears the man come out but doesn't move or bother to say anything::
Quantum Catz: : ::shrugs:: I just wanted to tell you...i'll explain what she did. I don't think Gregory'll be so helpful but...maybe it'll be enough
YarnKittymon: JH: ::nods soberly; whispers:: I'm listening.
maggybeths: MV: ::she looks up, weakly:: What? ::she narrows her eyes at him:: Why are you being so helpful now?
Quantum Catz: : Because Gregory's my son. Now i don't have to worry about him being turned on me one day. He'll get to choose things for himself ::sighs:: Maybe one day he'll see that as a good thing
maggybeths: MV: ::mutters:: What about Amy? ::lays her head against the railing again::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::quietly:: We can't bring her back, Maeve.
Quantum Catz: : The girl's dead and i wasn't the one who killed her, i won't feel guilty for it
maggybeths: MV: ::smirks:: You should.  You did nothing to stop it.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::grimaces; in a low voice:: Will you talk to the guards?
Quantum Catz: : ::looks at Maeve, rather irritated:: Of course, i could always say that Eli did it all and you killed my wife to frame her for him. I'm sure Greg can be convinced to say the same. And who are they going to believe?
YarnKittymon: JH: They'll figure out the truth!
maggybeths: MV: ::she shudders, seeming to pale even more::
Quantum Catz: : ::shrugs:: I'll tell them the truth. But i won't be judged for what i did to stay with my son
YarnKittymon: JH: ::after a moment:: Why'd you marry her?
Quantum Catz: : : Back then, all she wanted was to protect the animals of the forests. She didn't think anyone else really cared.
YarnKittymon: JH: So what changed?
maggybeths: MV: ::mutters:: She figured out she could control people
Quantum Catz: : ::shrugs:: She was still protecting them in her way. The girl scared animals - she took that to mean the girl was bad for them. And there were others...hunters and such...Gregory would do anything she wanted
YarnKittymon: JH: ::his jaw drops, and he swallows:: So...why Eli?
maggybeths: MV: ::she opens her eyes to make sure Eli is still there::
Quantum Catz: : I wish i understood what went on in her head. Eli turned out to be a mistake she couldn't get completely out of. ::Glances at Eli too:: She had to suppress his memories just to be able to let him go, now he doesn't have that option
Quantum Catz: EK: ::is sitting with his legs pulled up close, his arms clasped around them and head resting on his knees; he doesn't seem to be listening to them::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::cringes; softly:: What can we do for him?
Quantum Catz: : I really don't know.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::sighs, just watching his brother::
Quantum Catz: : ::sighs and heads back into the house to be with his son::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::glances at Maeve:: Sure you're all right?
maggybeths: MV: ::after a brief hesitation she nods her head:: I think Eli needs you more.

YarnKittymon: JH: ::nods, though he's not sure his brother wants to see him; goes over to Eli, kneeling beside him::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::softly:: Leave me alone
YarnKittymon: JH: ::shies back, then, softly:: It's not your fault.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::doesn't respond to that::
YarnKittymon: JH: And she's gone now.
maggybeths: MV: ::leans heavily against the railing, kicking herself for not just staying behind with Olivia::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::softly:: Maybe that's worse
YarnKittymon: JH: ::frowns; very softly:: Once this is done, I know there's someone around who could help you forget.
Quantum Catz: EK: Will they make everyone else forget too?
YarnKittymon: JH: Who? Everyone who knows you knows you couldn't...that it wasn't your fault.
Quantum Catz: EK: Dolly's already afraid of me
YarnKittymon: JH: ::shakes his head:: Only because of what Amy showed her--and that wasn't the truth.
Quantum Catz: EK: Except it was. It was me. ::closes his eyes, his voice sounding weary:: She liked me, she was happy i was there...and then i...
Quantum Catz: : ::they suddenly hear a snarl from the house and the cat appears in the doorway, turning it's head towards Maeve::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::has tears in his eyes, but looks over, panicking when he sees the cat; gets up and walks that way:: Don't you touch her!
maggybeths: MV: ::she looks up, sees the cat but doesn't react at first, not until Josh shouts. She suddenly launches herself off the porch steps, but ends up clinging to the rail for balance::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::changes into a cat himself and runs past Josh, standing in front of the cat; though he doesn't growl, he just stands and blocks its way::
Quantum Catz: : ::Michael comes out behind his son, though he's wary of getting too close:: Greg, this won't help anything

Quantum Catz: : ::Gregory swipes hard at Eli, who still doesn't fight back, just continues to block the cat::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::grabs Maeve and tries to pull her away, crying:: Eli!
maggybeths: MV: ::she clutches Josh's shoulders for support as she's dragged away from the house:::
Quantum Catz: : ::Gregory becomes rather frenzied in his attack, as if he's venting his anger on Eli, as soon as Eli stumbles, he's running past him to Maeve::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::shoves Maeve behind him, ready to take on the cat, even though he's rather poorly equipped to do so::
Quantum Catz: : ::the cat slows when faced with Josh, snarling at him::
Quantum Catz: : Greg! This won't bring her back!
YarnKittymon: JH: Maeve didn't start this.
maggybeths: MV: ::she clings to Josh's shoulders, trembling:: Josh... :: she eventually lets go, stumbling away from him, not wanting the cat to tear him apart because of her::
YarnKittymon: JH: Maeve!
Quantum Catz: : ::the runs towards her, snarling::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::runs after the cat, trying to catch him::
maggybeths: MV: :she plans to just burn him again but the thought of who he is stops her from doing so. She cringes, curling into herself for a little bit of protection::
Quantum Catz: : ::Greg swipes at any part of her body that's unprotected::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::grabs the cat, pulling on his fur:: Get back from her!
maggybeths: MV: ::she screams as his claws swipe down the back of her leg. Her legs then buckle, and she falls:: Let him! ::she shudders::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::it was mainly his face the cat went for and the blood is flowing freely into his eyes, he tries to blink it away and runs up to them, biting down on the cat's leg::
maggybeths: MV: ::she remains on the ground, afraid to move, much less able to with two of her limbs completely unusable::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::tries to get between Maeve and the cat, if possible::
Quantum Catz: : ::Greg tries to fight Eli and Josh off, while still attacking Maeve but suddenly he changes back to a human, crying, reaching for his bitten leg:: It hurts. It never hurt so much before
YarnKittymon: JH: ::his eyes go wide, and he calls back to the man:: Your son needs you!
maggybeths: MV: ::her body is tense and as soon as she feels the cat let go, she tries to shift away from them, cringing::
Quantum Catz: : ::Michael runs over and instantly runs his hand over the wound on Gregory's leg::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::turns back to himself, he's still blinking back blood and wincing, but he doesn't say anything::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::to Michael:: Do you have any bandages? ::still between Maeve and the cat::
maggybeths: LA: ::she's changed into her cat form since it's easier for her to track where she's been and is currently leading everyone to where they are::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::gathered together who he could, but one particularly annoying guard is with them::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::as soon as they reach the clearing and he sees them, he jumps off his horse and goes running to Maeve and Josh:: Leyla said you weren't that badly hurt
YarnKittymon: HR: ::dismounts, calling:: Hold off, Isaac--Mr. Kindall!
maggybeths: LA: ::she shifts forms, staring in disbelief. She eventually runs over to check on Eli, ready to defend him from the guards if necessary::
maggybeths: MV: ::she weakly lifts her head up when her husband approaches. Her eyes are clouded with pain, and she cringes when she finally recognizes that it's Isaac.::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::cringes, but leaves the horses to one of the guards and goes off towards the injured people, with several other guards close behind::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::ignores Harry and starts to heal Maeve::
YarnKittymon: HR: ::curses:: You've just destroyed evidence, Mr. Kindall.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::has his hand on his forehead to try and stop some of the blood, though one of his eyes has been hurt too::
Quantum Catz: IS: She's not evidence - she's my wife - i'm not going to leave her in pain
YarnKittymon: : ::the most self-assured guard goes over to the strangers:: So what happened here?
YarnKittymon: : ::another goes to examine Eli and Josh::
maggybeths: MV: ::her color doesn't completely return when she decides to pull away from him; softly:: I'm fine. ::she doesn't look up at Harry, and remains rather tense::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::softly, to Leyla:: Hey, Kitten
Quantum Catz: IS: ::hesitates, since Maeve still isn't 100%:: Are you sure?
maggybeths: LA: ::smiles weakly, relieved in a way to hear him call her that. She reaches for him; softly:: Are you okay? ::she turns and shouts for Isaac::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::holds his arm out to the guard, silently, but he's not sure he should say how he got the wounds::
maggybeths: MV: ::she glances at Leyla then back at Isaac and nods:: Yes. They need help too.
maggybeths: ::she bites her lip, trying to remain calm. She looks towards the house, somehow hoping no one will go in there::
Quantum Catz: : ::Michael sighs, looking down at his son, who's still crying:: It's difficult to explain
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard replies gruffly:: Well, get started.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::goes over to Eli to heal him::
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard near Josh looks up from interrogating him, glaring sharply at Isaac:: Sir!
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looking irritated:: You expect me just to stand and watch while my family all bleed to death?
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard quietly says:: We need to document the case, sir. Do I need to remind you of the charges brought upon Mr. Kindall?
Quantum Catz: : ::Michael hesitates and then murmurs:: My wife...she could control shapeshifters...like my son, and Eli
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard looks rather skeptical:: Are they forcing you to say this? I promise, you're safe, sir.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::Winces and hesitates, looking rather uncertainly at Eli and Josh's wounds::
Quantum Catz: : ::laughs weakly:: My son is free for the first time in his life and he would rather be dead. There's nothing they could do to force me into anything now
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard blinks, looking puzzled for several moments:: What do you mean, free?
Quantum Catz: : My wife controlled him. And even when she didn't, he'd hang on her every word
YarnKittymon: : And your wife now? Why has she stopped?
maggybeths: LA: ::she cringes and looks back at Eli:: Are you going to hold on until they're done?
Quantum Catz: : ::winces:: She's dead
YarnKittymon: : ::even the dense guard has the sense to cringe; quietly:: I'm sorry for your loss.
maggybeths: MV: ::suddenly turns pale again and if she had the energy she'd likely run::
Quantum Catz: : ::the boy begins to cry again and pulls away from his father to go running into the house::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::shrugs:: 'S just blood
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard with Josh asks:: So how did you receive this wound?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks helplessly at his brothers::
maggybeths: LA: ::softly:: I did it. ::she then cringes, not knowing why she let that blurt out::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::quickly shakes his head:: No, she didn't.
YarnKittymon: : ::Josh's guard insists:: Then who did?
YarnKittymon: : ::the dense guard quietly says:: So...Eli Kindall...was under your wife's control?

      aggybeths: LA: ::she drops her gaze, cringing::
Quantum Catz: EK: I did
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard looks at Eli in surprise, then back at Josh:: Is that true?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::looks down; quietly:: You know he'd die for any of us. He couldn't control himself--there was someone controlling *him*.
Quantum Catz: : She started controlling him a couple years back. When she realised he had been arrested, she called him back here
maggybeths: LA: ::defensively:: Just like that woman made me bite Maeve! He didn't mean it!
YarnKittymon: : ::the dense guard frowns:: Why? Didn't she want him to take the fall for her?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::just stands with his hand on his forehead, not trying to defend himself::
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard with Josh frowns, taking a few notes::
Quantum Catz: : She was protecting him.
maggybeths: LA: ::she gets to her feet, keeping a hand on Eli; softly:: We need some bandages
YarnKittymon: : ::the dense guard asks:: She didn't know how much trouble he'd get into?
YarnKittymon: : ::Josh's guard follows up:: How did you stop him from killing you? Did he show some restraint?
maggybeths: MV: ::she's watching the house still, just waiting for everything to fall apart::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::debates lying, but then shakes his head; softly:: I took away the air around him and I think I got lucky.
Quantum Catz: : ::Raises an eyebrow:: For the murder? If she had been found, it would have looked like an animal attack, she never imagined he could be caught
YarnKittymon: : ::the dense guard groans:: So she...well, how did she think she was protecting him?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::goes to sit with Maeve, though still watching his brothers:: You sure you're alright?
YarnKittymon: : ::Josh's guard frowns, writing furiously, then turns to Eli:: Is that true?
Quantum Catz: : ::shrugs:: I don't know. I guess she thought he could hide here with us and no one would find him
YarnKittymon: : ::the dense guard nods:: And who...ah...how did your wife pass on?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::softly:: Yes
maggybeths: MV: ::she jumps when he speaks, looking over at him but her gaze quickly returns to the house.  A moment later she scoots herself closer to him, just trying to curl up in his arms; softly:: I'm sorry...
YarnKittymon: : ::Josh's guard examines Eli's wounds, then nods to Josh:: You can go to Mr. Isaac if you'd like.
YarnKittymon: JH: ::doesn't move, worried for Eli::
Quantum Catz: IS: What for?
maggybeths: MV: ::she tenses but doesn't answer, just wanting him to hold her for now... until.. she shudders::
Quantum Catz: : The woman burned her before she could call Eli in to defend her
YarnKittymon: : ::the dense guard doesn't flinch; he sniffs and can make out the scent of burnt flesh:: What woman, sir?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::his injured eye is red and probably rather sore, but he doesn't say anything::
YarnKittymon: : ::Josh's guard says to Eli:: You'll need to tell us everything that happened. Including why you fled from jail.
Quantum Catz: : The redhead. I think my wife was caught off guard when she lost control of the girl
YarnKittymon: : ::the dense guard nods, asking some more basic questions next::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::softly:: She told me what to do and i did it
YarnKittymon: : ::Josh's guard says:: What did she tell you to do?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::puts his arms around Maeve, still rather worried about them all::
Quantum Catz: EK: Kill the girl, she didn't belong
YarnKittymon: : ::Josh's guard murmurs:: Which girl?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::softly:: Amy
YarnKittymon: : ::Josh's guard quietly says:: We were told you befriended her first. Is that the case?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::nods::
YarnKittymon: : ::the dense guard finally asks Michael:: So 'the redhead's' actions--would you say they were self-defense?
YarnKittymon: : ::Josh's guard asks:: Why would you do that?
YarnKittymon: JH: ::cringes, turning away, and letting out a tiny cry when he moves his wounded arm wrong::
Quantum Catz: : You saw how injured she was when you got here
YarnKittymon: : ::the dense guard nods:: And what of your son--was he involved in this?
maggybeths: MV: ::softly to Isaac:: They're gonna lock me up.. just like last time. ::she shudders again and tightens her hold on him::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::hesitates then murmurs:: Amy never went into the forest. She wanted her to die there. She said making her trust me was the best way
YarnKittymon: JH: ::his jaw drops, and he cringes his eyes shut, putting his head on his knees, aching so much for the poor girl::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks down at Maeve:: What're you talking about?
YarnKittymon: : ::Josh's guard's expression doesn't change:: Did she force you into any other terrible acts?
Quantum Catz: : My son was the one injuring them. Him and Eli and then him and the girl. I told you - he would do anything my wife commanded
YarnKittymon: : ::the dense guard nods:: I need to...ah...see the body, sir.
maggybeths: MV: ::she's too scared to answer, figuring they'll find the body soon enough if Isaac can't already smell it::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::winces, sounding upset:: I kept fighting her, i said I'd tell my family as soon as she let me go...and she said she'd make me hurt them if i did. So,I...I tried to-- ::swallows and finishes, softly:: Then she decided to just make me forget everything
YarnKittymon: : ::Josh's guard says:: What did you try to do, before you forgot?
Quantum Catz: : ::sighs:: I'll come with you - my son might not appreciate you going near her
YarnKittymon: : ::the dense guard nods to Michael:: Thank you, sir.
Quantum Catz: : ::heads towards the house::
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard follows Michael, grimly::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::everything clicks and he looks at the house:: They won't lock you up Maeve
YarnKittymon: JH: ::can't help but cry softly for Eli, though he's hiding his face::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::murmurs:: To make it stop
YarnKittymon: : ::Josh's guard persists:: How did you try to make it stop?
maggybeths: MV: ::mutters:: That what they all said the last time ::remains tense::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::glances at Leyla and then at his brothers; softly:: It doesn't matter - she stopped me and took me to Michael to heal me
YarnKittymon: JH: ::just cries harder, audibly; at this point, he's rather glad that monster is dead::
Quantum Catz: : ::Michael kneels next to his soon and touches his arm, the boy's holding his mother's hand again:: The guards need to see her Greg, to know what happened to her
YarnKittymon: : ::Josh's guard nods:: I'll be checking that with him. Michael's the man here?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::nods::
YarnKittymon: : ::Josh's guard nods again, examining Eli's wounds:: That will be all. Your brother can heal you.
maggybeths: LA: ::takes Eli's arm and gently pushes him towards Isaac; softly:: Come on, the both of you.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::is shaking, he lets Leyla guide him through he doesn't look at any of them::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::sits up and wipes his eyes with the back of his arm; he has no idea how Eli will be able to handle it all::
Quantum Catz: : ::Greg mutters:: They should kill that woman, like she killed Mother.
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard with Michael waits so that he can get a good look at the body::
Quantum Catz: : That isn't the way things work, Greg. Now move back
Quantum Catz: : ::Greg hesitates and then allows himself to be pulled away, although no more than a few feet::
YarnKittymon: : ::the guard looks closely at the woman, taking mental notes of everything::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::stands up when the others come towards him; he heals Eli first and then moves to Josh; looking worried for the both of them::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::when he's healed, reaches out and hugs Isaac, breaking into tears::
maggybeths: MV: ::cringes when she hears Josh's tears but is unable to make herself get up off the ground::
maggybeths: L
A: ::she links her arm through Eli's, looking up at him, worriedly.::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::hugs his youngest brother, not even sure what to say::
YarnKittymon: JH: ::softly:: How can we help him, Isaac?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::softly:: I don't need help ::moves away from them, though he doesn't pull away from leyla's hold on his arm, so she can follow or let go::
maggybeths: LA: ::lets go; gently:: Eli... ::she touches his shoulder:: They're just worried.

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::wipes his eyes again, fiercely, then looks at Eli sadly::

quantumcatz: EK: ::softly:: They can't help me ::keeps walking away::

maggybeths: LA: Maybe not but they can be here for you. ::she pulls on his arm.:: And you shouldn't leave until they've cleared you.

quantumcatz: EK: I just...don't want to be near people just now

yarnkittymon: :  ::one of the guards is at the perimeter and he calls::  Mr. Kindall, please stay within the area!

maggybeths: LA: ::she cringes:: You promised not to run before and I'm still holding you to that.

quantumcatz: IS: ::softly to Josh:: We'll be here when he needs us, i think that's all we can do just now

quantumcatz: EK: ::glances at the guard and sighs, then moves to sit against one of the trees at the edge of the clearing::

maggybeths: LA: ::she shifts into her cat form and bounds over to curl up at Eli's feet::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::tries to stop himself from trembling; softly::  I wish we could make it better for Amy...

yarnkittymon: :  ::Michael's guard looks at the man; softly::  Would you like me to help wrap her?

quantumcatz: EK: ::smiles weakly, probably the closest to a smile he's had so far, and absently runs his hand through her fur::

quantumcatz: IS: ::sighs:: I think Eli probably does too

quantumcatz: : ::shakes his head:: My son and i will do that

maggybeths: MV: ::is still wondering if she should just run, though, there'd be no point. If she couldn't stay with her family they might as well hang her::

yarnkittymon: :  ::the guard nods::  I think that's all we'll need from her, then.  I'm sorry, sir.

quantumcatz: : ::nods and sighs:: She was...a wonderful woman... There was a time i would have given her the world

yarnkittymon: :  ::the guard shakes his head::  I'm sorry she changed.

quantumcatz: : ::Smiles weakly:: Thank you.  And tell Eli i'm sorry - he probably wouldn't want to hear it from me

yarnkittymon: :  ::the guard looks a bit surprised::  I will, sir.  Take care now.  I'll let you know if your testimony is needed.

quantumcatz: : ::nods::

yarnkittymon: :  ::the coldest guard comes to Maeve::  Mrs. Kindall?

maggybeths: MV: ::she tenses and then hesitantly looks up. Her gaze flickers towards the house::

yarnkittymon: :  ::the guard kneels beside Maeve::  Just need to question you.

quantumcatz: IS: ::moves down beside her when the guard comes over, taking her hand::

maggybeths: MV: ::her hand tightens significantly on Isaac's. She just stares at the guard::

yarnkittymon: :  ::the guard quietly says::  Tell me what happened today.

maggybeths: MV: ::she sighs heavily and glances down at the ground. She quietly tells him everything that happened upon their arrival, leaving out Leyla biting her and stopping just before she cooked the woman::

yarnkittymon: :  ::the guard nods, never taking his eyes off Maeve::  And what happened then?

maggybeths: MV: ::she closes her eyes, cringing; simply:: I killed her. The end. ::she's tense, ready for the brandishing of the handcuffs.::

yarnkittymon: :  ::the guard says::  Can you explain why there's a corpse in there, burned to death?

quantumcatz: IS: ::Winces, but squeezes her hand::

maggybeths: MV: ::she glances then, looking at him as if he was stupid; mutters:: I just told you I killed her. You know what she was doing. Isn't it obvious?

 yarnkittymon: :  What made you think that killing her would make it better?

maggybeths: MV: ::she looks away, shrugging; sounding irritated.:: Because that man in there said it would.

yarnkittymon: :  ::the guard's eyebrows raise::  I see.  And why didn't you call the guards?

maggybeths: MV: ::she looks around:: Oh yeah, because guards are easily found around here.

quantumcatz: IS: ::Softly:: trying to get her to stop being sarcastic to the guard:: Maeve...

yarnkittymon: :  ::the guard glares at Maeve::  I think we may need to take you in for more questions, ma'am.

maggybeths: MV: ::she suddenly pales and shrinks back against Isaac for protection::

quantumcatz: IS: If that woman could control Eli and Leyla then they could have ended up dead if Maeve hadn't done something. Her not liking guards doesn't make that less true

yarnkittymon: :  ::the guard looks at Maeve darkly::  Maybe, maybe not.

 quantumcatz: IS: Look, they all told you what happened, and you saw the state Maeve was in when we got here

maggybeths: MV: ::curls up against her husband, not saying anything::

yarnkittymon: :  ::the guard grimaces::  No, I didn't.  I see there's some blood on her dress, and that's about it.  We tried to examine her and you refused, Mr. Kindall.

quantumcatz: IS: She was lying on the ground in pain - until the other day, she was sick...dying...it was hard enough then...i wasn't going to leave her in pain until i had your permission to help her

maggybeths: MV: ::she winces and wraps her arms around him::

yarnkittymon: :  ::the guard shakes his head::  We just wanted a cursory examination.

yarnkittymon: IS: ::Sighs:: She didn't do anything wrong, no more wrong than i've ever done

maggybeths: MV: ::her tense muscles ease slightly, glad that Isaac at least isn't repulsed by what she did. Then again he hasn't seen the body. She immediately tenses again::

yarnkittymon: :  ::the guard frowns::  You should have complied with our orders!

maggybeths: MV: ::glares at the man as she sits up; sharply: Hey! If you didn't want his family healed then you shouldn't have brought him along to begin with! That's your fault!

yarnkittymon: :  ::the guard glares at Maeve::  You have anything else to say?

maggybeths: MV: ::rolls her eyes; muttering:: Not unless you have any more ridiculous questions to ask.

yarnkittymon: :  ::the guard grimaces::  I think I do, but those will wait 'til you're locked up.

quantumcatz: IS: You don't have anything to lock her up for except annoying you

maggybeths: MV: ::she tenses, and stops breathing, not daring to even look back at the guard::

yarnkittymon: :  ::the guard looks rather coldly at Isaac::

yarnkittymon: HR:  ::comes up behind the guard::  Are we done?

yarnkittymon: :  ::the guard frowns, looking up at Harry::

maggybeths: MV: ::sharply:: If he's done making idle threats, yes. Are we clear to leave now?

yarnkittymon: HR:  ::glances at the cold guard, and then nods, as if daring the man to correct him::  Yeah.  Sorry for the inconvenience, ma'am.

maggybeths: MV: ::almost laughs when Harry calls her that but she at least manages to hold that back::

yarnkittymon: HR:  ::doesn't hide a bit of a smirk, since he's behind the guard, who can't see him::

quantumcatz: IS: ::smiles weakly at Harry:; Thanks

yarnkittymon: HR:  ::nods::  It's my duty, sir.  ::turns to go::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::is sitting a little bit away, looking worriedly at Eli::

maggybeths: MV: ::she keeps her gaze adverted, trying to hide her smile at Harry's formal language::

quantumcatz: IS: ::frowns a bit at Maeve, not wanting her to get into any more trouble if the guard sees her laughing at him::

yarnkittymon: :  ::the angry guard glares at Maeve before turning and leaving::

quantumcatz: EK: ::hasn't moved from where he sat down, absently running a hand through Leyla's fur occasionally, though mostly just sitting in silence, lost in his own thoughts::

maggybeths: MV: ::looks up in time to see him glare at her and almost outright laughs when she realizes that he thought she was laughing at him. Although she easily could have been earlier and that thought makes her laugh more::

maggybeths: LA: ::she's fallen asleep. Tired from the fighting but mostly it's Eli that's lulled her to sleep::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::stands up; softly::  Are we heading home?

quantumcatz: IS: ::sighs at Maeve's laughter and nods:: Yeah, it's late, we could all do with some rest now that they're letting us go

maggybeths: MV: ::coughs, trying to sober herself up. Her gaze lands on the house and that's all she needs. She shivers, looking back down at her hands::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::holds out his hand to Maeve; quietly::  She was forcing her own son into danger for her.  Think what she'd do to Leyla and Eli.

maggybeths: MV: ::she smiles sadly at Josh and takes his hand. Her legs still seem a little wobbly::

quantumcatz: IS: ::softly, looking towards Eli:: What she already did is bad enough

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::nods soberly::  We'll...tell Amy's father...

maggybeths: MV: What? Would you like me to have enjoyed killing her? I just took some little boy's mother away from him!  Excuse me if I'm a little stuck on that and the fact that the last time I fried up someone in self defense it landed me in jail!

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::softly::  I should've been there to take care of her somehow.

maggybeths: MV: ::she smirks:: Good luck with that Josh. You'd need a power that would tell you whose in trouble, where they are and so on. You didn't even know she existed.

quantumcatz: IS: It's hard to believe something like this could happen to Eli and we never even realised

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::shudders, remembering what Eli said about trying to stop it, and he gets teary-eyed again::

maggybeths: MV: ::she cringes; softly:: That woman was good.

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::softly::  She threatened us.  And he didn't trust us to stop him.

maggybeths: MV: ::she frowns, not understanding what Josh is saying::

quantumcatz: IS: ::winces:: You mean she threatened to make him hurt us?

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::nods::  That's what he said.  And....::almost squeaks::  Worse.

maggybeths: MV: ::softly:: Wow. ::she bites her lip, looking worriedly at the house again. She cringes and turns away:: I'm glad the woman is gone.

quantumcatz: IS: ::looks back at the house as well:: Let's get out of here.

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::nods again::

maggybeths: MV: ::she swallows hard and looks back at Isaac; quietly:: You don't think they'll change their minds? And arrest us?

quantumcatz: IS: It'll be okay, if they really thought you should be arrested, they wouldn't be letting us leave - especially not after Eli's escape before

yarnkittymon: JH:  We may not have to go to court.

quantumcatz: EK: ::murmurs:: I think they're letting us go ::though he's not sure if Leyla's awake enough to hear::

maggybeths: MV: ::smirks:: The day I don't have to go to court over something... ::she shakes her head, unable to finish the thought::

quantumcatz: IS: We can worry about it if it happens. For now, i'd rather just hope it's all over

maggybeths: MV; ::she nods and then suddenly grabs for the nearest shoulder as she almost topples over::

maggybeths: LA: ::she yawns, and stretches her paws out, claws extended::

quantumcatz: IS: ::reaches for her to stop her from falling::

quantumcatz: EK: ::stifles a yawn himself, though he doesn't look like he plans on sleeping any time soon::

maggybeths: MV: ::steadies herself; quietly:: I'm fine, just a little dizzy. ::smiles sadly, frowning a bit when she looks at the house again::

maggybeths: LA: :she yawns once more and finally retracts her claws. She sleepily opens her eyes to look at him, curiously::

quantumcatz: IS: Maybe i should heal you some more

maggybeths: MV: ::she frowns:: I don't want you to be tired for the trip back.

quantumcatz: IS: I'll manage

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::looks between Maeve and his brother, rather worried::

quantumcatz: EK: ::meets her gaze, a rather sad expression on his face, and then looks up towards his family::

maggybeths: MV: ::she takes a step back and embarrassingly enough trips over her own heel; startled:: No!  ::the word comes out stronger than intended due to her lack of coordination::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::smiles sadly at Eli::

quantumcatz: IS: Maeve, i'm just worried about you

maggybeths: MV: I'm fine! Just clumsy. I don't want to wear you out. ::she glances at the horse.:: I'd feel even more horrible if you fell off because of me!

quantumcatz: IS: ::sighs, too tired to argue:: Fine, but if you start feeling worse on the way back, i'm healing you

maggybeths: MV: ::smiles sadly but nods::

quantumcatz: EK: ::Stands up, though he doesn't move towards them::

maggybeths: LA: ::she gets to her feet and then changes. Straightening up, she looks at Eli; softly:: Are you okay?

quantumcatz: EK: I feel like i can't trust myself

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::looks curiously at his poor brother::

maggybeths: LA: ::she takes his hand; softly:: I know a little of that but the woman is gone. Your family still trusts you, and loves you. That's a little comforting, isn't it?"

quantumcatz: EK: ::sighs:: If i can't trust me, then they shouldn't really either

maggybeths: LA: But they, us-we, aren't being as hard on *you* as *you* are on yourself.

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::makes his way over to Eli, hesitantly::

quantumcatz: EK: That's because you didn't see what i did. I bet Dolly won't be as trusting

maggybeths: LA; We know what happened. We saw what happened here. It doesn't change anything. ::she sighs, feeling that it's hopeless since he never listens anyway.::

yarnkittymon: JH:  Eli?

maggybeths: MV: ::she turns towards Isaac, curling into his side again;:

quantumcatz: IS: ::hugs Maeve, as he looks towards his brothers and Leyla::

maggybeths: MV: ::softly:: Where's Olivia?

quantumcatz: EK: ::takes a deep breath and then looks towards Josh:: Yeah?

quantumcatz: IS: With Dolly

maggybeths: MV: Is she doing better then?

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::looks steadily at his brother::  I know you might not be able to trust yourself right now.  But you can trust us.  Leyla could hold her own against you, and Dolly can probably disappear.  And I...I don't know if you managed to restrain yourself or if I was lucky, but I made it through too.

quantumcatz: IS: A bit, I guess. She'll be better once she knows it's all over.  Well, hopefully it is, anyway

quantumcatz: EK: ::opens his mouth to say that Josh got lucky but winces at the thought of what would have happened if he hadn't:: I'm sorry

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::shakes his head::  It's not your fault, Eli.  It wasn't you.  And you don't know how happy we are that you’re alive.

quantumcatz: EK: ::nods, though there's probably not anything they could say that would stop him feeling depressed right now:::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::softly::  I love you, Eli.

yarnkittymon: EK: ::doesn't even look like he's sure how to react to that; murmurs:: I love you too

maggybeths: MV: ::she pulls back; quietly:: Sorry. If you want to go over with Eli, you can.

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::smiles a little at Eli, glad that he knows that, and then walks in silence::

quantumcatz: IS: ::shakes his head:: It's okay, i can talk to him later

maggybeths: MV: ::smiles sadly but remains where she is, wrapping her own arms around her instead::

quantumcatz:IS: ::moves closer to Maeve and puts his arm around her shoulders, though he glances at his brothers::

maeveowens: MV: ::she takes a deep breath and leans against him::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::is still worried for Eli, but he knows there's nothing he can do::

quantumcatz: EK: ::doesn't say anything as he walks::

quantumcatz: IS: ::kisses the top of Maeve's head and then goes to unhitch his horse::

maeveowens: MV: ::smiles sadly at the gesture and after a quick glance at the house, she hurries after him::

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