~Saturday, July 11th, 1936~

Part 1 – Coming Home

yarnkittymon: : ::the next day, the group comes back into town, around noon; Lenore is dressed in dark clothes and a makeshift cloak, with wrinkles made-up around her eyes, and a dark brown upswept wig::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::has been sitting in the bar of the inn since 11, still on the same drink, ocassionally flirting with the bartender to amuse herself::
yarnkittymon: : ::they make sure Kizzie is dropped off just outside of town, and then surveys the place for Amara; Lenore, however, heads straight to the bar::
maggybeths: MV: ::she sighs, looking a bit nervous, and follows Lenore towards the bar. She spares one glance towards home::
yarnkittymon: HR: ::stays near Maeve, a bit more protectively than usual::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::her eyes widen when she sees Lenore walk in, recognising her despite the costume, they soon flick to the wound and she frowns; stands up and strides to the door:: My room. Now.
maggybeths: MV: ::she smirks:: I'd rather stay here. There's a lot of witnesses.
yarnkittymon: HR: ::quietly:: She's here and a minute with Isaac and she'll be better. We kept up our end.
Quantum Catz: AM: ::waves a hand dismissively:: Fine, toddle off - we'll deal with the fact you let her get hurt later
yarnkittymon: HR: ::cringes; quietly:: Maybe we should get Isaac.
maggybeths: MV: ::quickly:: No! ::she glances worriedly at Amara:: I mean, I- ::she looks back at Harry::
yarnkittymon: : ::Lenore softly says:: I'm fine, Amara. Leave 'em alone; they ain't worth bothering with.
Quantum Catz: AM: ::smirks:: Oh but it's such fun watching them squirm
yarnkittymon: : ::Lenore quietly says:: Did you say that when you killed Martha, too?
maggybeths: MV: ::she looks up at Harry; unsure of whether or not it's safe to go::
yarnkittymon: HR: ::nods to Maeve, silently::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::her expression darkens:: I said nothing to her
maggybeths: MV: ::she turns to leave the bar, just wanting to get back home::
yarnkittymon: : ::Lenore softly says:: This isn't the place to talk.
Quantum Catz: AM: I did say to come to my room ::glances at Maeve:: Say hi to your husband for me
yarnkittymon: : ::Lenore nods to Maeve::
maggybeths: MV: ::she glares at Amara but when Lenore nods the girl's expression softens a bit, if not a little hesitantly. She makes a quick retreat::
yarnkittymon: HR: ::is gone in a moment's time, too::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::turns to go to her room without another word::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::follows Amara, her hands balled into fists::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::opens the door to her room and sits down on the bed:: In case you haven't guessed by now, someone's out to hurt you
yarnkittymon: LN: ::nods, not sitting down:: Why?
Quantum Catz: AM: ::runs a hand through her hair:: Because Martha's dead
yarnkittymon: LN: ::coldly:: So it *is* your fault.
Quantum Catz: AM: I tried, rather adamantly, to tell them i killed her but they didn't believe me. Ironic, huh?
yarnkittymon: LN: ::turns away:: Someone needs to pay, I guess. Don't care if it's me. Just stay out of it.
Quantum Catz: AM: No one needs to pay. It's her own damn fault she's dead
yarnkittymon: LN: ::quickly shakes her head, cursing:: She didn't corrupt me, Amara! I chose her -- I fell in love with her first!
Quantum Catz: AM: I've no doubt you did. As stupid as that might have been.
yarnkittymon: LN: ::cringes, tears entering her eyes:: I know you're disgusted, but you already killed her! There's no need to call me names! ::she focuses her powers of darkness on Amara::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::drops slightly through the bed as she quickly uses her powers. Though it won't stop Lenore, she fights it:: I won't justify myself to you of all people - you should know I wouldn't hurt you
yarnkittymon: LN: ::keeps trying to depress Amara:: You deserve to feel the way you made me feel! You killed the only person who'll ever love me like that!
Quantum Catz: AM: ::covers her face with her hands; feeling the depression like a weight on her mind:: She didn't love you
yarnkittymon: LN: And now you're lying!
Quantum Catz: AM: I don't lie to you ::lies down on the bed, still covering her face::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::softly:: She loved me...she wouldn't have held me if she didn't.
Quantum Catz: AM: ::murmurs:: Using you. The whole world's full of people who'll use you if you let them
yarnkittymon: LN: If...if that was true...why didn't you try to show me?
Quantum Catz: AM: You wouldn't have believed me
yarnkittymon: LN: Well, we'll never know now, will we? ::waits a few moments, for that to sink in, and then takes the darkness away from Amara::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::remains lying there for a moment, then she takes a deep breath, trying to subtly wipe tears from her eyes as she sits up; not looking directly at Lenore:: Her family have a lot of contacts, you couldn't deal with them on your own
yarnkittymon: LN: ::shakes her head; softly:: Before you killed her, you were the only person in the world I could trust.
Quantum Catz: AM: You trusted her, i'm sure.
yarnkittymon: LN: ::shakes her head; softly:: She was up to no good, but I was going to change her.
Quantum Catz: AM: You *knew*? ::stands up:: She was using you, and you *let* her?
yarnkittymon: LN: I didn't let her do anything! ::steps backwards:: She thought she was in control, but I had her the whole time!
Quantum Catz: AM: ::shakes her head and turns away:: I can't believe this
yarnkittymon: LN: ::turns, her hand on the doorknob:: I'm leaving.
Quantum Catz: AM: ::takes a step towards the door:: Don't. Let me help you.
yarnkittymon: LN: ::softly:: You don't really want to.
Quantum Catz: AM: Of course not, I just came to this god forsaken island for the hell of it ::rolls her eyes::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::quietly:: I'm not your little Lennie anymore. Things aren't going to be the same...
Quantum Catz: AM: I didn't expect them to be. I made my choice when i killed Martha, i knew what would happen
yarnkittymon: LN: ::sighs; softly:: You're not going to hurt Maeve, are you?
Quantum Catz: AM: It was actually her child I threatened, I find it works better. And no, i'm not. I didn't originally plan to involve her at all - but she annoyed me
yarnkittymon: LN: ::cringes, turning away:: It'd be easier to just let me die.
Quantum Catz: AM: You get over being heartbroken, being dead's final
yarnkittymon: LN: And it's easier to just give in.
Quantum Catz: AM: The easy route's the coward's route. Last i checked you weren't a coward
yarnkittymon: LN: ::sighs, thinking that the easy route was killing Martha:: So what do we do?
Quantum Catz: AM: ::shrugs:: My plan extended to getting you here so i could help stop anyone who went near you. I already tried to bribe the family. Was tempted to kill one of them but i figured that might just make things worse
yarnkittymon: LN: ::sighs:: Fine. You've got me now.
Quantum Catz: AM: ::smirks a bit:: Go me. Did you kill the guy who hurt your arm?
yarnkittymon: LN: ::shakes her head:: Harry wanted to--of course, he was drunk, so the others didn't trust his judgment. He could...move things, I think.
Quantum Catz: AM: Think he could've followed you?
yarnkittymon: LN: ::nods:: Probably. As long as he doesn't kill me right off, I can stop him, though.
Quantum Catz: AM: ::sighs:: We should go back to LA. You'll be safe in the house. And then we can work out a way to get them to leave you be
yarnkittymon: LN: ::softly:: It's hard to get a break out there.
Quantum Catz: AM: I think that's the least of your worries right now
yarnkittymon: LN: ::sighs, feeling like a child again; nods once::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::a sad look crosses her eyes for a moment but she soon hides it and turns away:: I know you don't want to go back there. But this island isn't exactly famed for its high security
yarnkittymon: LN: ::softly:: It doesn't matter.
Quantum Catz: AM: No. ::picks up a hip flask from beside her bed and takes a swig, then sets about packing up her stuff::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::goes over and takes a drink as well; quietly:: Think there's any sense in taking the disguise off?
Quantum Catz: AM: ::doesn't look at her as she packs:: They may guess who you are if you're with me but it might hold them off for a bit. I'd keep it till we're back on the mainland
yarnkittymon: LN: ::nods, pulling a knife out from her boot and using the hilt to scratch a place under the wig::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::finishes packing her things in silence::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::looking rather bored, and sad::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::finishes and moves to the door:: Let's go
yarnkittymon: LN: ::nods, checking her make-up for a moment before following Amara out::
Quantum Catz: : ::as they're heading towards the exit, a boy comes in the door:: Excuse me, miss - do you know someone called Lenore?
yarnkittymon: LN: ::cringes, curtly shaking her head::
Quantum Catz: : Oh, it's just this man asked me to give her a letter, said it was really important. I guess i'll ask someone else
yarnkittymon: LN: Hold up; I'm actually on my way to see a play with a lady named Lenore. She's supposed to be very good...maybe I can use it as an excuse to meet her.
Quantum Catz: : You sure it's the right Lenore?
yarnkittymon: LN: Ain't a common name; Poe sorta spoiled it, didn't he?
Quantum Catz: : ::hesitates and then pulls out the letter and gives it to her:: Thanks, miss ::turns and runs out the door again::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::takes the letter, looking around to see if there are any witnesses::
Quantum Catz: : ::no one seems to be watching them::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::takes a hairpin from her wig and slits the envelope open, knocking the letter out::
Quantum Catz: : ::the letter reads: We have the three people who brought you to Marquis. If you don't want to be responsible for another death, you'll do as we instruct. Don't leave town. We'll be in touch again
yarnkittymon: LN: ::rolls her eyes; softly:: What now?
Quantum Catz: AM: They're awfully damn quick if they got all three already ::grabs Lenore's arm:: Come on, Maeve first, then Harry. Who's the third person?
yarnkittymon: LN: ::cringes; softly:: Kizzie...do you think they might not have them all yet?
Quantum Catz: AM: It's possible. Depends how many of them there are. Worth trying to stop them, anyway
yarnkittymon: LN: ::nods:: If they're not going after the kid, let's look for Kizzie. Where is she?
Quantum Catz: AM: How should i know? I don't know anyone called Kizzie ::she's still walking towards Maeve's house, though hesitating now over who to look for first::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::looks around, and stops a guard, crossing her fingers:: I'm looking for someone named Kizzie...I have a sick plant?
Quantum Catz: : ::smiles:: She's definitely the one to go to for that. Just go down this street and turn left, you'll know the house
yarnkittymon: LN: Thank you! ::looks back at Amara:: You want to check on Maeve?
Quantum Catz: AM: Will you be alright on your own?
yarnkittymon: LN: ::nods:: Yeah. ::looks at Amara for a moment, and then runs off towards Kizzie's house::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::hesitates, watching her, then sighs and runs to Maeve's house::
Quantum Catz: : ::Kizzie's house is pretty easy to identify as it has the most and the healthiest flowers in the garden; as Lenore reaches it, she can hear glass shattering towards the back::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::runs toward the back, lighting up the entire garden in the back, as if strengthening the trees and flowers will help the situation::
Quantum Catz: : ::There's no one in the garden, or in the kitchen, though several tree branches have broken through the windows and caused quite a bit of damage; there's blood dripping on one;they're still moving a bit so kizzie and her captors might not be far away::
yarnkittymon: LN:  ::looks around, about to call out for Kizzie, but then she realizes that might make things worse; she puts herself in a bit of darkness to take attention from herself, and sneaks in the shadows, looking::
Quantum Catz: : ::she finds a man not far ahead of her; he isn't with kizzie or anyone else; it looks like he's stopped to fix up his arm; it looks rather badly hurt::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::runs forward, looking closely at the man:: Did you see Kizzie?
Quantum Catz: : ::looks up at her, rather wide eyed; though he attempts to hide his surprise:: Don't know who you're talking about, miss
yarnkittymon: LN: ::shakes her head:: Kizzie--the plant lady!
Quantum Catz: : Oh, uh, no, no, I haven't.::clutches his arm against his body rather protectively; there are a few leaves tangled in his hair::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::quietly:: Liar. ::grabs at the man's arm; coldly:: Do I need to ask again?
Quantum Catz: : ::swallows and points down the street with his good arm:: They went that way
yarnkittymon: LN: ::runs in the direction indicated::
Quantum Catz: : ::there doesn't seem to be any more sign of the men or Kizzie::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::shudders, thinking the man was lying; runs back towards the man::
Quantum Catz: : ::the man ran off in the opposite direction as soon as she left him::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::sighs deeply, then heads back in the direction Amara had gone::

Quantum Catz: AM: ::is heading for Harry's house now::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::finds Amara, and walks alongside her, shaking her head::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::grimly:: They shot Maeve's husband. I'm not much liking Harry's chances
yarnkittymon: LN: ::quietly:: Well, he's an idiot.
Quantum Catz: AM: ::Shrugs; when they reach harry's house she walks right through the wall, looking for him::
yarnkittymon: : ::there's no one in the house, and the back door is broken, with the toaster and a couple glasses broken on the ground::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::Sighs:: Well, so much for ruining their plans
yarnkittymon: LN: ::softly:: They just want me.
Quantum Catz: AM: Well, they're not getting you
yarnkittymon: LN: ::quietly:: You'd let them kill three people?
Quantum Catz: AM: I didn't say that. We'll find where they are and take them out
yarnkittymon: LN: ::nods, not bringing up the idea of them being caught::
Quantum Catz: AM: Come on, Jack'll know where they might go around here
yarnkittymon: LN: ::walks alongside Amara::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::knocks on the door when she reaches Jack's house,nice enough not to barge in for once::
yarnkittymon: LB: ::answers the door, stepping back when she sees Amara; she shakes her head, silently::
Quantum Catz: AM: Oh, don't give me that look - thanks to me your husband gets to live a few years longer. I need to talk to him
yarnkittymon: LB: ::still rather pale, especially at the thought of Jack only living a few years longer; she turns and goes to find Jack::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::was upstairs but comes down when Libby tells him who's at the door:: You've been threatening people, Amara - ain't the best way to make friends around here
Quantum Catz: AM: ::rolls her eyes:: Well now i'm not the one you've got to worry about
yarnkittymon: LN: ::quietly:: Some people are after me, and they kidnapped Kizzie and Maeve and...::pauses, trying to remember the name::...some man who was all over Maeve.
Quantum Catz: AM: ::smirks a bit at that:: Apparently Harry got a bit drunk
yarnkittymon: LB: ::looks rather surprised::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::sighs and shakes his head:: Amara, yer a walking disaster sometimes. You know who these guys were? Their abilities? What they looked like?
yarnkittymon: LN: ::describes the man she saw earlier:: And he could...could move things without touching them. And there was another guy who looked like he'd been hurt; I don't THINK he took Kizzie...
Quantum Catz: JK: ::softly:: The first guy sounds like Gerry McCray. I can tell you a couple places he might go
yarnkittymon: LN: ::nods, looking intently at Jack::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::describes two places: one, a rather run down house at the edge of Marquis, the other a place out in the forest:: If he's got three hostages though, he ain't gonna take them far, not unless he's got a lot of help
yarnkittymon: LN: ::nods:: Got it. ::looks at Amara::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::Smiles:: We'll get the bad guys then be out of your hair, cross my heart
Quantum Catz: JK: ::sighs:: You better - none of those three deserves to be hurt
yarnkittymon: LB: ::frowns, still not liking what she heard about Harry::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::shrugs:: I'm doing my best, dear ::turns to go::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::looks at Jack; softly:: Thank you.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::nods:: Good luck
yarnkittymon: LN: ::nods back, and goes to follow Amara::
yarnkittymon: LB: ::takes Jack's arm when Amara's gone, sighing::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks rather grim, but doesn't say anything::
yarnkittymon: LB: ::softly:: Are they going to be all right?
Quantum Catz: JK: Lenore and Amara together could probably take most people.
yarnkittymon: LB: ::sighs softly:: Is there anything we can do?
Quantum Catz: JK: If i was feeling up to it, i'd go with them, but i might just get in the way
yarnkittymon: LB: ::sighs, wondering when he'll get better::

Part 2 – At Maeve’s House

maggybeths: MV: ::unlocks the door to her home and gently pushes it open.::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::is sitting in the living room with Olivia, he looks rather pale; stands up quickly when Maeve comes in:: You're okay?
maggybeths: MV: ::she hesitates, thrown off by his paleness. She quickly comes around to his side; softly:: I told you I would be. Are you okay? ::she reaches for him:, checking for illness::
yarnkittymon: OL: ::reaches out towards Maeve::
Quantum Catz: IS: I'm fine ::sighs:: Amara came round here yesterday
maggybeths: MV: ::she pales at that and looks down briefly at Olivia; angrily:: What did she want? Are the others okay?
Quantum Catz: IS: Everyone's fine. She had a cut on her hand, said she needed me to heal it
maggybeths: MV: ::she relaxes, taking in a deep breath then reaches to take Olivia.:: Hey little one.
yarnkittymon: OL: ::snuggles against Maeve::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::reaches up to stroke Maeve's face:: You sure you're alright?
maggybeths: MV; ::tears up a bit as she begins to rock Olivia. She looks back at Isaac; sadly:: Yes. I'm fine.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::hugs both her and Olivia, glad to have her home::
maggybeths: MV: ::she wiggles an arm out from between them in order to hug him back.:: Are you sure everyone is okay? You only saw her that one time? ::she pulls back:: Did she say anything?
Quantum Catz: IS: She just... ::shrugs:: Implied things and...smirked at me a lot
maggybeths: MV: Implied what?
Quantum Catz: IS: That you weren't going to come back.
maggybeths: MV: ::she cringes; weakly:: I'm sorry Isaac. I'd hope you wouldn't have listen but you looked as pale as a ghost when I walked in.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::shakes his head:: It just never seems to stop. There's always something going on
maggybeths: MV: Maybe it's over now. ::she snuggles Olivia tighter against her, and forces a smile at the infant. She's still worried::
yarnkittymon: OL: ::looks up at Maeve with big eyes::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::Softly:: Eli's still no better. He didn't even ask where you'd gone
maggybeths: MV: ::sadly:: Don't look at me like that. I feel guilty enough. ::she rocks her some more to take the sting out of her teasing::
maggybeths: MV: ::looks up at Isaac:: He has more on his mind right now than worrying about me. ::she shrugs::
Quantum Catz: IS: I wish i knew what was on his mind
maggybeths: MV: ::softly:: He killed someone Isaac. He's got a lot on his mind right now, no doubt. You've just got to believe he'll work through it.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::sighs, still looking worried and rather pale::
maggybeths: MV: I'm okay for the moment Isaac and I don't intend to let anything happen to the rest of you and I'm sure Eli will pull through. He isn't a quitter. ::she reaches for his hand::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::takes her and and squeezes it; softly:: Eli's still just a kid really - the same kid that used to get scared when it got to someone's birthday and imagine i didn't like him as much as the other two
maggybeths: MV: ::she cringes:: I guess I don't think of him as a kid really. By his age I was on my own and had already put a few people six feet under. ::she winces:: Or more accurately at the bottom of the ocean.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::winces, not liking to think of maeve going through those things, no matter how far in the past they were; sighs:: Maybe i'm just being over-protective...but i can't help but worry
maggybeths: MV: ::softly:: I know. ::she leans over to kiss him::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::kisses her back and smiles weakly:: Not exactly the best welcome home, is it?
maggybeths: MV: ::quietly:: Maybe not but I understand that you're worried about Eli.
Quantum Catz: IS: At least i know you're safe now
maggybeths: MV: ::smiles weakly, not so sure of that herself right now. She just hopes she never sees Amara, or anyone else from that life, again::
yarnkittymon: OL: ::falls asleep, cuddling and looking rather contented::
maggybeths: MV: ::she smiles; softly:: I was almost afraid she'd forget me.
Quantum Catz: IS: She was fussy while you were gone. I guess she's glad you're back. You want me to take her upstairs?
maggybeths: MV: ::hesitates then hands her over:: Sure. I'll be up in a minute. I'm just going to grab a glass of water. ::smiles::
Quantum Catz: IS: Okay ::heads upstairs with the sleeping baby::
maggybeths: MV: ::she smiles, watching for a moment, before heading in to the kitchen.::
Quantum Catz: : ::a few moments later, the back door swings open and Maeve can feel a force trying to hold her arms to her sides::
maggybeths: MV: ::she gasps, struggling. She tries to look over her shoulder to see what's going on::
Quantum Catz: : ::nothing's stopping her head from moving; she can see the man from before standing in the doorway with his crossbow pointed at her::
maggybeths: MV: ::her eyes widen; screaming:: Isaac! ::she struggles, trying to move::
Quantum Catz: : Scream anymore and i'll shoot you, point blank range - not good odds
Quantum Catz: : ::though even as he says it, he starts to try to force her mouth closed::
maggybeths: MV: ::she hesitates, but when she feels the pressure she screams again::
Quantum Catz: : ::moves forward, so she can feel the point pressing her back, and reaches to cover her mouth with his hand::
maggybeths: MV: ::she tries to move her head, still trying to scream::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::they hear Isaac shouting Maeve's name as he runs towards the kitchen::
Quantum Catz: : ::the man holding Maeve freezes and then yanks her around so he can face the doorway, as soon as Isaac comes into his line of sight, he fires the crossbow and starts to pull Maeve towards the exit::
maggybeths: MV: ::her eyes widen and she protests, struggling against her captor::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::drops to the ground, groaning, the arrow hit him in the chest and Maeve can see blood spreading through his clothes::
maggybeths: MV: ::tries to scream out his name as she continues to fight. Tears well up, knowing it was her fault. She should have just let him take her.::
Quantum Catz: : ::the man tightens his grip, both physically and with his power and drags her out the door:: Keep struggling and maybe someone else'll run to save you
maggybeths: MV: ::he feels the struggle go out of her even before his power takes hold::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::groans, trying to stand up, but the pain's too much and he falls back down::
maggybeths: DK: ::something had awakened her, though she wasn't quite sure what. She gets out of bed, throws on some clothes, and heads downstairs:: Isaac?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::tries to call her name but the movement hurts too much and he groans::
maggybeths: DK: ::slowly walks in to the living room, looking around:: Isaac?
Quantum Catz: IS: Do...ly... ::the word comes out more like a gasp::
maggybeths: DK: ::she was almost ready to shrug the whole thing off when she hears something in the kitchen. She frowns, heading that way:: Isaac?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::groans:: Dolly...
maggybeths: DK: ::she comes to a stop in the doorway, staring in horror:: Isaac! ::she rushes to his side, panicking:: What happened? Who did this?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::tries to talk but it hurts so much to breathe that he can't::
yarnkittymon: JH: ::opens the front door, whistling; he just passed a simulation with flying colors:: Isaac, Dolly!
maggybeths: DK: ::screams for her brother. She has no idea what to do::
yarnkittymon: JH: ::comes running, his smile gone:: What...::stops still when he sees his brother bleeding::
maggybeths: DK; ::desperately:: I don't know what to do! ::she looks up at Josh, sure that he can fix it::
yarnkittymon: JH: ::goes to the cupboard, pulling out some bandages:: Okay; wash the wound; we'll just stop the bleeding 'til Toby can come over.
Quantum Catz: AM: ::runs straight into the living room, using her power to go through the wall rather than bother with doors; when she sees Isaac and the others she curses::
maggybeths: DK: ::she jumps, looking at the woman:: Who are you?
yarnkittymon: JH: ::glances at Amara for just a moment, before turning his attention back to the bandages and the gauze pad:: Go get Toby, someone!
maggybeths: DK: ::she hesitates, not knowing if Amara is dangerous or not, but at her brother's prompting she runs out the door::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::ignores josh and kneels beside isaac, touching his arm with her hand::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::stops struggling to breath, the pain fading; still struggles to talk:: Maeve...you...Maeve...
yarnkittymon: JH: ::kneels on the other side of Isaac, with a few squares of gauze and some bandages; gets to work unbuttoning Isaac's shirt; pauses when Isaac speaks:: What?
Quantum Catz: AM: :He won't bleed much now - i can't do this for long but my power will hold it off for a while
yarnkittymon: JH: ::exposes Isaac's wound and presses the gauze over it; quietly:: Who are you?
Quantum Catz: AM: You don't want to know
yarnkittymon: JH: ::shakes his head, and his eyes go wide:: Did something happen to Maeve?
Quantum Catz: AM: Yes
yarnkittymon: JH: *What*? What can we do?
Quantum Catz: AM: ::looks down at Isaac:: Can this Toby heal your brother?
yarnkittymon: JH: ::nods:: Yeah. What about Maeve?
Quantum Catz: AM: ::lets go of Isaac and stands up:: You deal with him and I'll deal with Maeve
yarnkittymon: JH: ::presses harder on Isaac's wound, maintaining pressure:: Where is she?
Quantum Catz: AM: Safe for now, i think. Don't look for her - it wouldn't be good for your health. We'll try to get her back ::heads back out the way she came::
yarnkittymon: JH: ::looks rather pale, praying for Dolly to come back soon; softly:: Isaac, we'll be all right.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::his eyes are starting to drift closed from the pain and the blood loss::
maggybeths: DK: ::she comes back in, looking pale:: Josh- is he...
yarnkittymon: JH: ::softly:: Not yet...
maggybeths: DK: ::she looks back for Toby:: Hurry. I don't think he has... ::she shivers, unable to say it.::
yarnkittymon: TY: ::runs in, kneeling next to Isaac; he pulls the gauze aside and pokes his finger into Isaac's chest to heal him::
yarnkittymon: JH: ::holds Isaac's hand, urging him to hold on::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::cries out when Toby starts to heal him, his hand clenching Josh's while the fingers of the other try to dig into the floor::
maggybeths: DK: ::stands there, shaking. She cringes and has to look away when Isaac yells::
yarnkittymon: JH: ::continues coaxing his brother on; softly:: It's okay...you'll be fine.
yarnkittymon: TY: ::slowly finishes the job::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::Closes his eyes, gasping for breath, when toby finishes::
yarnkittymon: TY: ::softly:: Sorry, Isaac.
Quantum Catz: IS: 'S...okay....
maggybeths: DK: ::weakly:: What happened? ::hesitantly comes over to kneel beside Isaac::
Quantum Catz: IS: Maeve...someone...took Maeve...
yarnkittymon: JH: ::softly:: The lady said she'd find her...or try.
maggybeths: DK: What lady? The one that was here?
yarnkittymon: JH: ::nods::
maggybeths: DK: Well, who is she? Why is she going after Maeve? ::looks down at her brother, worriedly::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::Softly:: It's her fault
yarnkittymon: JH: She said there would be trouble if we tried to find her.
Quantum Catz: IS: If it wasn't for her, there wouldn't be any trouble ::sits up, though he feels rather weak::
yarnkittymon: TY: ::helps Isaac sit:: You want us to start looking?
maggybeths: DK: ::is watching her brother worriedly::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::softly:: Amara'll know what's happened ::Sighs:: If she didn't do it herself
yarnkittymon: JH: I don't think she'll tell us.
Quantum Catz: IS: Then we should make her! She's put Maeve through enough
yarnkittymon: TY: ::sighs:: I don't know...
Quantum Catz: IS: We have to do something
maggybeths: DK: ::softly:: Maybe we should wait Isaac. They didn't hesitate to just shoot you.
yarnkittymon: TY: ::nods:: Or let me make you some armor at least...but Isaac, you can't fight.
Quantum Catz: IS: So i should just sit here and worry, like always?
yarnkittymon: TY: ::sighs:: I don't know...we should figure something out...but...
Quantum Catz: IS: But what?
yarnkittymon: TY: ::softly:: I have Ben to come home to now. I'd risk it for Maeve, of course, either way....
yarnkittymon: JH: ::scowls:: I can help!
maggybeths: DK: ::she ducks her head::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::Softly; looking rather pale:: He won't have killed her, right? He wouldn't have to take her anywhere to do that
yarnkittymon: TY: ::nods:: And Amara wouldn't be claiming to be able to save her, right?
Quantum Catz: IS: Amara's already been threatening us, i wouldn't trust her word on anything right now
maggybeths: DK: ::her eyes widen:: What do you mean she's been threatening? Why has someone taken Maeve anyway?
yarnkittymon: JH: ::softly:: What are they doing to her?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::Winces, realising he probably shouldn't have told the others so bluntly:: She wanted Maeve to do something for her. When Maeve came home, she said it was over
maggybeths: DK: Then why do they have her?
yarnkittymon: TY: ::quietly:: Leverage...I *hope*.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::softly:: Amara doesn't care about Maeve
maggybeths: DK: Then what are you going to do?
yarnkittymon: TY: ::quietly:: If you want me to look for her, I will.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::Sighs:: No, go home
yarnkittymon: TY: ::shakes his head:: I'll help in any way you can think of, as long as I won't be letting Becky down.

quantumcatz: IS: ::mutters:: Just like when you left her in the forest so you wouldn't let Becky down

yarnkittymon: TY: ::cringes, looking away::

quantumcatz: IS: I don't need your help, Toby - go home

yarnkittymon: TY: ::exhales deeply:: Yeah, all right. See you around. ::heads back towards home::

quantumcatz: IS: ::moves to stand up as Toby leaves, though he's rather obviously shaking as he does so::

maggybeths: DK: ::moves to help her brother; worriedly:: Isaac, I think you should rest some...

quantumcatz: IS: I'm fine

yarnkittymon: JH: ::nods; quietly:: If anyone should go after her, I can. You're too tired, Isaac; you've been through so much.

quantumcatz: IS: I'm not just going to sit around and wait again

maggybeths: DK: ::quietly:: Please just let Josh go? You lost a lot of blood and you're practically shaking too much to even stand! ::she cringes::

yarnkittymon: JH: ::nods; softly:: You can trust me.

quantumcatz: IS: It's not about trusting you, Josh. I'm fed up feeling helpless!

maggybeths: DK: ::shocked:: Isaac you aren't helpless.

yarnkittymon: JH: ::stays silent, because he knows the feeling::

quantumcatz: IS: I sit here and i wait, and always...there's one of you...there's something...and you come home and i heal you and...i'm fed up just waiting for someone to come home hurt, it's like it never stops

yarnkittymon: JH: ::looks closely at Isaac:: Then you should take some classes on fighting, or start lifting weights, so you can get stronger.

maggybeths: DK: ::her eyes widen:: Josh! There isn't a reason anyone should be fighting! Just send the guards after her!

quantumcatz: IS: ::leans against Dolly, shaking; suddenly she feels like she's being drained of energy, though Isaac doesn't seem to be aware he's doing it::

maggybeths: DK: ::she stumbles a little under his weight, going pale. She frowns; weakly:: Isaac? What are you doing?

yarnkittymon: JH: ::his eyes go wide and he looks between his siblings, panicked::

quantumcatz: IS: ::pulls away, looking rather pale, though shaking a bit less than before::

maggybeths: DK: ::she lets him go, looking a little unsure; quietly:: What are you going to do Isaac?

yarnkittymon: JH: ::takes Dolly's arm::

maggybeths: DK: ::leans up again Josh, looking pale, and sad::

Quantum Catz: IS: ::leans against a chair, shaking his head to try and clear it:: I need to find Amara
yarnkittymon: JH: Is Mr. Stowe back in town yet?
maggybeths: DK: ::she nods:: He could find her.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::still leaning against the chair:: I don't know
yarnkittymon: JH: I'll go ask around. ::looks sharply at Isaac:: You won't go anywhere 'til I come back?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::frowns at the look his brother gives him:: I'm fine - i'll come with you
maggybeths: DK: ::she winces:: I think you should rest Isaac.
yarnkittymon: JH: ::nods, looking rather worried:: If you're going to go after Maeve later, you need to rest now.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::his hand clenches on the chair:: Fine, go see if he's there. If he's not, we go looking for Amara
yarnkittymon: JH: ::nods again, looking very worried for his brother; he heads out::
maggybeths: DK: ::stands there silently watching Isaac::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::moves away from the chair, looking tense, still shaking::
yarnkittymon: JH: ::comes back twenty minutes later, having made absolutely sure that Guy is nowhere to be found; he looks worried when he comes back, and shakes his head::
maggybeths: DK: ::she bites her lip, looking more worried::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::moves towards the front door without a word, though he nearly falls and has to reach for the wall again::
yarnkittymon: JH: ::grabs at Isaac, shaking his head:: You shouldn't go! Or if you have to...then try to drain me first.
maggybeths: DK: ::she pales; shaking her head:: Then whose going to go with him Josh? ::she swallows hard then very quietly:: I could try to find her? It might take me a while..
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks rather pale at the thought of draining his brother; backs away, pulling his hands back::
yarnkittymon: JH: ::softly:: Find Amara, or Maeve?
maggybeths: DK: Maeve.
yarnkittymon: JH: ::nods:: With your powers, right?
maggybeths: DK: ::she nods; looking rather nervous::
Quantum Catz: IS: We can't just sit around waiting for your powers to work
yarnkittymon: JH: I'm sure she's getting faster.
maggybeths: DK: ::cringes, and looks away; mutters:: You still need time to rest Isaac.
Quantum Catz: IS: I don't ::turns to move to the front door, but falls against it, trying to keep himself up::
maggybeths: DK: :she gasps and reaches out to help him again. She's still pale and can barely help him stand:: Please Isaac?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::is feeling rather hot, almost feverish:: I have to...
yarnkittymon: JH:  ::quietly::  You would never let me go out when you didn't think I could keep myself safe, Isaac.  I had to watch everyone get hurt, almost get killed...I hated it.  But if I'd gone out with you, I'd probably be gone now.
maggybeths: DK: You're feverish Isaac. You aren't going anywhere! ::tries to pull him over towards the couch.:: Josh, help me.
yarnkittymon: JH: ::moves over to take Isaac's other arm::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::nearly falls to the ground when Dolly pulls him away from the door::
maggybeths: DK: ::nearly goes down with him::
yarnkittymon: JH: ::stands steady, supporting both of his siblings if he can::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::weakly:: I can't...I can't...
yarnkittymon: JH: ::softly:: The best thing you can do is stay back and be ready to help Maeve if she needs it, once she's free.
maggybeths: DK: ::she nods, still struggling to get her brother to the couch::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::his eyes dirft closed and he falls forward, no longer supporting himself::
maggybeths: DK: ::panicked:: Isaac!
yarnkittymon: JH: ::struggles to keep Isaac from hitting the ground, and starts dragging him to the couch::
yarnkittymon: JH: ::looks at Dolly; softly:: Can you find Maeve?
maggybeths: DK: ::hesitates then nods her head:: I can try. ::pauses:: Does that mean you're going to go get her if I do?
yarnkittymon: JH: ::nods:: If it's a place I have a chance of getting into. Otherwise I guess we'll need to get the guards.
maggybeths: DK: ::softly:: I vote for the guards. ::she gets up, moving towards the stairs.:: It works better if I'm alone. ::she stops to look back at Isaac, worriedly::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::is still, though he's rather warm::
yarnkittymon: JH: ::sits down next to Isaac; softly:: Be careful, Dolly.
maggybeths: DK: There's no danger in me looking. They can't hurt a ghost. ::she goes up the stairs::
yarnkittymon: JH: ::calls out:: Maybe you should wear a mask!
maggybeths: DK: ::she frowns:: Why? They could just as easily trace my power Josh.
yarnkittymon: JH: ::sighs, looking rather worried, but doesn't reply::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::walks in the front door; closing it quietly behind him and moving to run up the stairs as he has been doing every other day; pausing when he sees his siblings, though not saying anything::
maggybeths: DK: ::heads on in to her room::
yarnkittymon: JH: ::looks up at Eli when he hears him come in; softly:: Maeve's in trouble.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::blinks, though other than that, doesn't really react:: What happened to Isaac?
yarnkittymon: JH: ::softly:: Just everything at once; he's worn out. ::sighs:: He wanted to go save Maeve and he could hardly even walk to the door.
Quantum Catz: EK: Dolly go upstairs to look for her?
yarnkittymon: JH: ::nods:: I hope she finds her soon...and that she's somewhere safe.
Quantum Catz: EK: She'll be fine, she always is
yarnkittymon: JH: ::sighs, silently::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::turns towards the stairs:: I'm going to go up to my room
yarnkittymon: JH: ::looks at his brother for a moment, then away; softly:: I'm down here if you need me.
Quantum Catz: EK: Let me know if you're gonna go out, i'll come downstairs and sit with Isaac, i guess
yarnkittymon: JH: ::nods; quietly:: Thanks.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::his hands clench for a moment but he turns and runs up the stairs::
yarnkittymon: JH: ::waits a couple minutes before heading upstairs to fetch Olivia; the baby is fussing a bit, but is quickly calmed::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::doesn't come back out from his room::

Part 3 – The Rescue

quantumcatz: : ::taking Jack's advice for where to go, Amara has led Lenore to a small, rather run-down building outside of town::

yarnkittymon: LN: ::keeps herself and Amara in the shadows as much as possible; she has a small dagger hidden against her arm, at the ready::

quantumcatz: AM: ::mutters:: Stereotypical bad guy's hideout, huh?

yarnkittymon: LN: ::quietly:: I've done plays in worse places.

quantumcatz: AM: I suggest we kill all but one and send him to discuss an end to this stupid power play

yarnkittymon: LN: ::cringes:: I don't want to live underground forever.

quantumcatz: AM: ::shrugs:: They need to know i'm serious - the only reason i didn't just go kill her family outright was that there are actually quite a few of them

yarnkittymon: LN: ::softly:: And if we would've explained to Martha, we wouldn't be in this mess.

quantumcatz: AM: Martha deserved what she got - come on, let's get close enough for you to depress them

yarnkittymon: LN: ::walks behind Amara, momentarily giving the woman a hate-filled look, before focusing on the house; ideally, she'll see the people before she tries her powers::

maeveowens: DK: :::it takes her a good half an hour before she's able to send her spirit to Maeve. She pops up right next to where the woman is laying::

quantumcatz: : ::Maeve, Kizzie and Harry are all tied up in the basement of the house; Kizzie is unconscious with blood on the side of her head, in her hair; a man with a crossbow is sitting in a chair near the stairs; he jumps when he sees Dolly:: What the hell...?

yarnkittymon: HR: ::has been roughed up a bit himself, but is still conscious; tenses to see Dolly; quietly:: Never heard of a haunted house?

maeveowens: MV: ::there's a bruise on her cheek from her attempt to escape. She pretty much gave up once they tied her though. She gasps when Dolly appears next to her::

maeveowens: DK: ::she looks a little scared but as soon as she knows Maeve is there, she dashes towards the stairs. She needs to figure out where they are::

quantumcatz: AM: ::uses her power, so that she won't make any noise as she moves closer to the building::

yarnkittymon: LN: ::makes herself even darker::

quantumcatz: : Hey! ::the man with the crossbow jumps up and tries to stop her::

maeveowens: DK: ::she looks back at Maeve, quietly:: I'll be back. ::the man's hand goes right through her as she continues towards the stairs.

maeveowens: MV: ::shakes her head, panicking:: What about Isaac? Dolly!

quantumcatz: : ::the man tries to stop Dolly moving with his power, not sure if it will do any good against a ghost::

maeveowens: DK: ::she looks anxiously at the guy but continues towards the stairs; quietly:: He's alive. ::she's definitely scared of him but his power seems to have no hold on her::

quantumcatz: AM: ::looks through the window and smirks then moves out of the way; whispers:: There are two guys - we could take them

quantumcatz: : ::raises his crossbow at Maeve; to Dolly:: Go upstairs and i shoot your friend

yarnkittymon: HR: ::goes pale; softly:: Ghosts don't have friends. ::tries to maneuver his chair to get in front of Maeve, though he winds up almost falling over::

maeveowens: DK: ::her eyes widen in fear and her image flickers a bit:; No! ::she bites her lip, knowing she isn't good at these things. She starts to tremble too::

maeveowens: MV: ::she cringes, looking away:: Don't Harry before you end up on the floor.

quantumcatz: : ::smirks at Harry:: They don't? Funny how she's acting like one

yarnkittymon: HR: Come on; what's a ghost going to do anyway?

quantumcatz: : Tell people where we are, i'm guessing

maeveowens: MV: ::mutters:: She probably doesn't even know where she is.

maeveowens: DK: ::she bites her lip, knowing that's true. But she had hoped to be able to figure it out::

yarnkittymon: HR: ::tries to concentrate past the pain of his injuries; nods when Maeve speaks:: If she could even find anyone who would listen to her.

quantumcatz: : ::glares:: Shut up or i knock you out like your friend

maeveowens: MV: What? Are you going to just stand there with that thing pointed at me all day? You might as well let her leave!

quantumcatz: : Do you want me to hit you again?

yarnkittymon: LN: ::glances through the window, and focuses her powers; the man who headed for the stairs suddenly stops, leaning against the wall, looking blank::

maeveowens: MV: ::smirks:: No but far be it from me to rob you of anything since you seem to enjoy knocking around women. ::she glares at him::

yarnkittymon: HR: ::quietly:: Come on; if you're a real man, you'd take it out on me.

maeveowens: MV: I think he already did that too. ::rolls her eyes:: It's not like he doesn't have an advantage right now.

quantumcatz: : ::the man with his arm injured turns to his friend:: You okay?

maeveowens: DK: ::she backs towards the stairs, figuring Maeve was trying distract him. She's flickering so if she doesn't hurry she'll be gone before she figures out where they are::

yarnkittymon: : ::the man in the suit shakes his head, slumping down, knowing how useless all this is::

yarnkittymon: LN: ::focuses on the other man she saw::

quantumcatz: : ::the man moves towards his friend, but then hesitates, suddenly feeling rather depressed::

quantumcatz: AM: ::walks right into the building and presses her hand through the injured man's back, intending to stop his heart::

yarnkittymon: : ::the man in the suit looks up at his associate, startled out of his depression:: Larry!

quantumcatz: AM: ::glares at him and then whispers:: Good-bye, Larry ::she pulls her arm out and he drops to the ground::

yarnkittymon: : ::the man in the suit gets to his feet and staggers backwards, raising his crossbow:: We'll...kill one of the hostages for that...

quantumcatz: : :: John, the man with the crossbow, hears his friend shout and turns towards the stairs; shouts:: What's going on up there?

quantumcatz: AM: ::moves towards the man:: You act like i care about the hostages

maeveowens: DK: ::she's heading up the stairs, figuring they're well enough distracted::

quantumcatz: : ::points his crossbow at Maeve again:: Weren't you listening the first time, ghost girl?

yarnkittymon: :  ::Tony, the one in the suit, steps another step away from Amara, before his back is against a wall; takes a deep breath, and then suddenly Amara is pushed away, like a gust of wind blew her, whether she's in ghost form or not::

maeveowens: DK; ::freezes again, unsure of what to do::

maeveowens: MV: Just go Dolly! He needs us alive!

quantumcatz: AM: ::stumbles back, wincing::

quantumcatz: : I only need one of you alive

maeveowens: MV: What if it's not the right one?

yarnkittymon: HR: ::looking at the scene helplessly; quietly:: Maeve, don't provoke that ugly man.

yarnkittymon: : ::Tony suddenly smiles, baring his teeth:: Well, that's nice. ::takes another breath, and the wind spins around Amara, seeming sharp as razor blades::

maeveowens: MV: ::mutters:: Ugly or stupid?

quantumcatz: AM: ::glares at him, trying to avoid the biting wind:: I guess your boss did his research - it won't keep you alive though

quantumcatz: : ::John moves towards Maeve, looking more than a little irritated by her attitude::

yarnkittymon: : ::Tony tries harder to slice Amara with his power, and then suddenly he shudders for a moment, before there's a piercing scream from outside the house::

maeveowens: DK: ::winces but she still hesitates to move. When John moves forward, and with one look from Maeve, she passes through the door::

maeveowens: MV: ::glares at him:: Well, killing us would be rather stupid.

yarnkittymon: HR: ::struggles, trying to get over in front of Maeve again:: Yeah, and he's not half as ugly as his mother, so I guess you're right--he's stupider than ugly.

quantumcatz: : ::smirks at Harry:: How honourable, trying to defend the obnoxious woman

maeveowens: MV: Me? Obnoxious? You're the one who tied us to a chair!

quantumcatz: AM: ::turns to look towards where Lenore was, eyes wide; turns back and tries to push back through the wind, trying to ignore the pain::

yarnkittymon: HR: With low-quality ropes, too.

yarnkittymon: : ::Amara can't see anyone through the window, from her vantage point::

quantumcatz: : John fires his crossbow, directing the arrow to cut through Maeve's arm::

yarnkittymon: : ::Tony tries all the harder to fight Amara, taking her at her word, that she doesn't care about the hostages; he tries to head towards the door::

quantumcatz: AM: If you've hurt Lenore then you die just like that Martha

maeveowens: MV: ::she wasn't expecting him to really do it so she lets out a scream when it goes right through her upper arm::

yarnkittymon: : ::Tony's expression doesn't change; quietly:: You'll have to catch me first.

maeveowens: DK: ::she pauses by the door, her eyes widening. She jumps when she hears Maeve scream though she hesitates to move::

quantumcatz: AM: ::looks towards Dolly, frowning, but continues to try and push towards Tony::

yarnkittymon: : ::Tony reaches the door and pulls out a key to unlock it, focusing more on pushing Amara away, hopefully, even cutting her with blades of wind::

quantumcatz: : ::John smiles at Maeve:: Maybe that will teach you some humility

yarnkittymon: HR: ::softly:: It's okay, Maeve; just hang in there.

maeveowens: DK: ::she looks worriedly at Amara before making a dash towards the wall, trying to leave::

maeveowens: MV: ::she gasps, cringing; mutters:: Coward

quantumcatz: AM: ::has a few cuts on her arms, but tries to ignore them, though she doesn't get any closer to Tony::

yarnkittymon: : ::when Tony gets the door unlocked, he runs away, leaving a final blast of wind to try to drive Amara across the room again, and which slams the door shut::

quantumcatz: AM: ::is thrown against the wall, returns to being solid again and groans::

maeveowens: DK: ::she sees Lenore but her image is still flickering. She can't take the time to stop since she needs to find out where they are::

quantumcatz: : ::John reloads his crossbow, aiming it at Maeve again:: Your friend didn't come back, guess she doesn't much care about you

yarnkittymon: LN: ::is lying outside the house, a cut in her neck::

maeveowens: MV: ::she flinches, turning away from him; weakly.:: You wouldn't be so brave if I wasn't tied.

quantumcatz: : I did capture you in the first place ::moves towards the stairs; shouting up:: Tony! Larry!

maeveowens: MV: I was caught by surprise. Hey! You could at least get this thing out of my arm! ::she winces::

quantumcatz: : ::ignores Maeve, moving up the stairs::

maeveowens: MV: What? Now you need help to beat up on tied hostages?

yarnkittymon: HR: ::softly:: Ssh. ::moves his chair over a bit so that he's next to Maeve; whispers:: We need to get that bolt out.

maeveowens: MV: ::whispers back: One is better than three.

yarnkittymon: HR: ::softly:: But if you're free you can take them all out. ::trying to reach for the bolt::

quantumcatz: : Tony! What's going on up there, i heard you shout!

maeveowens: MV: ::she cringes; feeling ill about roasting someone else but if she doesn't have a choice...::

quantumcatz: AM: ::stands up, glancing towards the door, but then runs to look for Lenore, figuring the hostages can wait::

yarnkittymon: LN: ::is still unconscious, her wound bleeding::

yarnkittymon: HR: ::tries to move the bolt a bit more, which probably hurts Maeve quite a bit, as he didn't get it all the way out like he thought he had; he pulls the bolt out all the way at last::

maeveowens: MV: ::she tries to bite down on her tongue to keep from screaming while he's messing with it but she loses the battle in the end, yelling when he yanks it out::

yarnkittymon: HR: ::gets the bolt held correctly at last; softly:: Hurry, Maeve. ::maneuvers it in his hands, holding it steady; quietly:: Try to saw your ropes against it. We just need to get through one.

maeveowens: MV: ::tries to move her wrists against it but she gasps, paling, when it hurts her injured arm::

quantumcatz: AM: ::kneels beside her; she also has a cut on her face and some deep ones on her arms, though she ignores them; pulls off her jacket and presses the sleeve to Lenore's neck, hoping to stop the bleeding::

yarnkittymon: : ::Amara's action does seem to slow the bleeding, though Lenore still doesn't stir::

quantumcatz: : ::opens the door, cursing when he realises that the other two aren't there::

quantumcatz: AM: Come on, kid. It's hardly a scratch, you need to wake up now

yarnkittymon: LN: ::her eyes are still closed::

quantumcatz: AM: ::keeps the sleeve pressed to Lenore's wound, looking around, rather irritated, in case Tony comes back::

quantumcatz: : ::John notices Larry lying on the ground and runs over to him, checking his pulse, and paling when he realises that he's dead::

yarnkittymon: LN: ::stirs slightly, her mouth opening, silently; her eyes are still shut::

quantumcatz: : ::when he hears the scream he turns back to the stairs; hesitating as he wonders if Amara might be down there somehow::

quantumcatz: AM: Lennie?

maeveowens: MV: ::she gasps, cringing, as she tries to blink back the blackness trying to creep in. A second passes before she starts moving her wrists again. The action hurts her quite a bit::

yarnkittymon: LN: ::her eyes slowly come open; she's clearly in a lot of pain; she moves her lips, but no sound comes out, and then her eyes go wide in terror::

quantumcatz: AM: The guy ran off, you're alright now

yarnkittymon: LN: ::moves her head to the side to spit out some blood, and then looks back up at Amara, slightly shaking her head, despite the pain::

quantumcatz: AM: ::uncertainly:: You okay, Lennie?

yarnkittymon: LN: ::tries to speak again, but no sound comes out; she mouths the word "no"::

maeveowens: MV: ::with a bit more struggling Maeve gets free. She reaches down, gasping, in order to burn the ropes off her ankle::

quantumcatz: AM: The bleeding's stopping

yarnkittymon: LN: ::shakes her head, not trying to speak again; there are tears in her eyes::

quantumcatz: AM: ::Softly:: I'm sorry - i messed up

yarnkittymon: HR: ::smiles at Maeve; softly:: Good work.

yarnkittymon: LN: ::doesn't reply, nor does she try to sit up::

quantumcatz: : ::finally builds up some courage and heads for the door to the stairs, crossbow held in front of him::

maeveowens: MV: ::mutters: Yeah, would have gone better if I hadn't got myself shot. ::she smiles apologetically:: I'll take care of him then come back for you. ::she moves for the door::

yarnkittymon: HR: ::cringes, worried for Maeve, but doesn't speak::

quantumcatz: : ::when he reaches the top of the stairs and sees Maeve coming towards him, he panicks and fires the crossbow, though doesn't use his power to direct it this time::

quantumcatz: AM: Is anything else hurt?

yarnkittymon: LN: ::slightly shakes her head::

maeveowens: MV: ::she yelps, ducking against the wall as the arrow shoots by her. Her injured arm is pressed up against her, and luckily not against the wall. She makes a fireball as quickly as she can and tosses it at him::

quantumcatz: AM: That's something, i guess ::keeps one hand pressed to Lenore's neck, while she uses the other to wipe some blood from her own face::

quantumcatz: : ::tries to get out of the way, but he's on the stairs so doesn't really have anywhere to go; the fireball catches his arm and he yells out, shaking it in the air::

yarnkittymon: LN: ::looks away, turning her head just slightly, and focusing on the sky::

maeveowens: MV: ::she moves closer, trying to burn the crossbow too::

quantumcatz: : ::the man tries to direct his power to stop maeve lifting her arms again::

maeveowens: MV: ::she yells when her injured arm is lifted, though she tries extra hard to fire another fireball at him::

quantumcatz: : ::the guy is still struggling to pull off his coat, crying out as the flames reach his skin under the sleeve; he tries to run up the stairs, away from maeve::

maeveowens: MV: ::she struggles to get in control of her arms again and follow him::

quantumcatz: : ::when he turns from maeve, she can feel his control of her arms lifting::

quantumcatz: AM: ::sighs; though her chest hurts from being thrown across the room and she winces::

maeveowens: MV: ::she forces her injured arm back against her, gasping. Once the dizziness passes, she moves after him::

yarnkittymon: LN: ::finally tries to pull the jacket away from her neck; the bleeding seems to have stopped, the wound looking worse than it was::

quantumcatz: AM: ::when she sees that the bleeding's stopped, she stands up:: I should go see if i can deal with whoever's downstairs

quantumcatz: : ::the man finally manages to pull his coat off and throws it down the stairs; his arm is red and blistered though::

yarnkittymon: LN: ::sits up, starting to mime something, but she feels embarrassed and stops::

quantumcatz: AM: ::frowns at her:: What is it?

yarnkittymon: LN: ::shakes her head, glancing in the direction that Isaac's house is in::

maeveowens: MV: ::she trips over the coat, yelling when she jars her arm; coldly:: You aren't getting away! not after all you and you're friends have done! ::she tries to toss another fireball at him::

quantumcatz: AM: Is that where the guy went?

yarnkittymon: LN: ::shakes her head::

quantumcatz: AM: Right, well, anything else can wait - i told the husband i'd get maeve home - though lord knows, most of the time she's more trouble than she's worth

yarnkittymon: LN: ::looks back at Amara, silently::

quantumcatz: AM: ::heads back towards the house, phasing out again, to take the edge off the pain from her cuts::

quantumcatz: : ::the guy groans as the fireball catches his leg:: I was ordered to do this! You know why? Because your friend killed my boss's daugher!

maeveowens: MV: I don't care what your reason is! You could have killed my husband and we have nothing to do with that!

quantumcatz: : Like i care about your husband. I die anyway if i don't get Lenore ::struggles to pull off his shirt to use it to smother the flames on his leg::

maeveowens: MV: ::she pulls back, leaning against the wall:: Good. Because I don't care about you either.

quantumcatz: AM: ::comes into the house again and moves up behind the guy:: Look's like you were stupid enough to let Maeve escape - is she burning you bit by bit?

maeveowens: MV: ::smirks:: I told him he was stupid but he didn't want to listen.

quantumcatz: : ::finally gets his shirt off and uses it to smother the flames on his legs; glares at Amara:: They'll send more people - you can't protect her forever

quantumcatz: AM: ::makes a face:: Want me to kill him or are you having fun burning his limbs off?

maeveowens: MV: ::she looks away:: I wouldn't want you to get jealous. Be my guest.

quantumcatz: AM: ::moves closer:: See, i was going to send one of you to be my messenger but after Tony's little escape attempt, i realise i can't trust any of you to be so loyal. Shame really ::shoves her hand into his back before he can respond and he falls to the ground like Larry did::

quantumcatz: AM: ::drops to her knees as well, becoming solid again, looking pale::

maeveowens: MV: ::she keeps her face turned away, knowing how easily Amara can take someone. She shudders when she hears him hit the ground. She takes a deep breath then struggles back to her feet. She heads down the stairs, walking carefully since she's a bit unsteady. When she gets down, she burns Harry's ropes off first.::

yarnkittymon: HR: ::grins in spite of himself when he sees Maeve come downstairs, safe--he thanks her when he's free, and asks:: Everything okay?

maeveowens: MV: ::she nods; softly:: He's dead. ::she moves over to Kizzie and shakily reaches out for the woman. She doesn't like how long she's been out for not to mention the guilt::

yarnkittymon: HR: ::goes over to Kizzie too, checking her pulse::

quantumcatz: KZ: ::her pulse is a bit weak::

yarnkittymon: HR: ::sighs; softly:: She's alive; hopefully she can hold out for Isaac.

maeveowens: MV: ::grimaces and reaches for her ropes, very carefully burning them off her; softly:: She has to. We'll hurry.

yarnkittymon: HR: ::nods, keeping his eyes on Kizzie::

quantumcatz: AM: ::forces herself to her feet and moves to the stairs, leaning against the door:: That kid who ran off, she might well have gotten back to your family to tell them where we are

maeveowens: MV: ::she gets to her feet, looking pale. She grimaces but nods:: I hope. It'd help if Isaac was on his way ::though she had hoped to hide this from him::

quantumcatz: AM: He wasn't in much of a state to go running anywhere

yarnkittymon: HR: ::softly:: I don't like staying down here. I think we should bring her to him. ::looks at Amara:: Can he heal her?

quantumcatz: AM: ::shrugs:: I left him with the kids. One of them went to get Toby

yarnkittymon: HR: ::goes to gently pick up Kizzie; whispers to her:: Just hang in there.

maeveowens: MV: ::looked about ready to faint but she nods, relaxing again. She looks back at Kizzie for a moment then moves towards the stairs again::

yarnkittymon: HR: ::balances Kizzie carefully before heading up the stairs::

quantumcatz: AM: ::takes a deep breath for a moment, then moves from the doorframe, heading back to Lenore::

maeveowens: MV: ::slowly moves up the stairs. She kicks the man's coat out of the way for Harry::

yarnkittymon: LN: ::is still sitting where Amara left her; a well-intentioned young man is nearby, watching her, looking worried, though she waved him off::

quantumcatz: AM: ::frowns at the man:: Who're you?

yarnkittymon: : ::the man looks up at Amara, startled; quietly:: I...thought this woman needed help...

quantumcatz: AM: ::looks a bit suspicious but says:: We're fine now, i'll get her back

yarnkittymon: : ::the man looks Amara up and down, worried that she's hurt, but more worried that the woman looks capable of doing harm to him; he finally nods and goes away::

quantumcatz: AM: ::kneels next to Lenore to help her stand:: Come on, if that wind-blowing guy comes back I want it to be on my terms

yarnkittymon: LN: ::has a completely blank expression as Amara helps her up::

yarnkittymon: HR: ::softly:: If you two aren't going to Isaac, I guess we'll part ways.

maeveowens: MV: ::silently follows Harry, kicking herself for involving Kizzie.::

quantumcatz: AM: ::looks at Lenore:: You don't need healed do you? ::she doesn't look like she particularly wants to have to ask for help::

yarnkittymon: LN: ::nods silently, following Maeve, though there's not much hope in her eyes, and she doubts it'll work::

quantumcatz: AM: ::sighs:: I'll walk you as far as the Inn - i doubt he'll help you if I'm there

yarnkittymon: LN: ::just nods::

quantumcatz: KZ: ::groans and the leaves in the nearest tree suddenly rustle together::

yarnkittymon: HR: ::cringes, a bit intimidated::

yarnkittymon: : ::suddenly, Guy comes running to them, pausing to look up at the trees for a moment before he comes to Kizzie's side; softly calls:: Rosebud...I'm here...

maeveowens: MV: ::she flinches, figuring they'd likely be whipped by the trees now. She goes even paler when she sees Guy. She ducks her head, cringing::

Quantum Catz: KZ: ::doesn't speak and her eyes still don't open::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::looks up at Harry; softly:: I can take her.
yarnkittymon: HR: ::shakes his head:: We're almost there.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::blinks, though her eyes feel heavy and they soon close again::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::presses her hand to her chest again, wondering how badly bruised she is after that guy's attack::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::looks closely at Kizzie, sighing::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::looks silently at Amara when they reach the inn::
Quantum Catz: AM: If you're not back in twenty minutes, i come looking for you ::turns towards the inn, not waiting for a response; she looks quite pale herself::
maeveowens: MV: ::she keeps her arm against her. She pauses though, hesitantly.:: Tell Isaac I stayed to talk to Amara and whatever you do don't tell him I'm bleeding.
yarnkittymon: LN: ::frowns, but follows along with the others; she makes a face at Maeve::
yarnkittymon: HR: ::quietly:: The twenty-minute rule applies to you too, Maeve.
maeveowens: MV: ::she frowns:: What?
yarnkittymon: HR: ::smiles:: If you're not home in twenty, I'll find you.
maeveowens: MV: ::she rolls her eyes:: You might want to give me thirty. ::she turns and heads away from the Inn and towards Toby's.::
yarnkittymon: HR: ::looks a little worried, but before he can pause too long, Guy forces him to go on towards Isaac::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::murmurs:: Wha... ::though the effort's too much and she stops::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::looks down at Kizzie; quietly:: You're safe now...just rest.
Quantum Catz: AM: ::tends to her wounds and then goes to the bar, buying herself a stiff drink::
maeveowens: MV: ::knocks on Toby's door::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::has just managed to get Ben to sleep, she opens the door and pales when she sees Maeve:: What happened?
maeveowens: MV: ::she grimaces:: On you know, the usual. ::she's holding her arm against protectively:: Is Toby here?
Quantum Catz: BM: Uh, yeah - come in ::backs away from the door::
yarnkittymon: TY: ::is in his workshop, fixing a fancy broken chandelier::
maeveowens: MV: ::she comes in, walking carefully. She isn't sure she'll last much longer on her feet; whispers:: Sorry. I just don't want Isaac to see me. He doesn't need to know.
Quantum Catz: BM: Here, lean on me - you look worn out ::puts her arm around Maeve's waist as she leads her to toby's workshop::
maeveowens: MV: ::smiles weakly:: Thanks.
yarnkittymon: TY: ::looks up when he hears footsteps, and sets his work down::
maeveowens: MV: ::looks a little worried:: You healed Isaac, right?
yarnkittymon: TY: ::nods, only glancing at Maeve for a moment; softly:: Come on and I'll heal you.
maeveowens: MV: ::seems to relax a little as she moves in to the room; murmurs:: Sorry to bother you but Isaac has enough on his mind. He doesn't need to see this.
Quantum Catz: BM: How did you get hurt? What happened?
maeveowens: MV: ::mutters:: Amara. Helped her out and got kidnapped for my trouble.
yarnkittymon: TY: ::cringes, shaking his head; softly:: Hold still, Maeve; I'll try to be quick.
maeveowens: MV: ::she nods, though she tenses in preparation for the pain::
yarnkittymon: TY: ::sits Maeve down and then gets to work::
maeveowens: MV: ::she bites down on her tongue again, looking away from them::
Quantum Catz: BM: Kidnapped? ::looks at Toby, frowning::
yarnkittymon: TY: ::uses his work as an excuse to keep from answering; it's a few minutes before he's finished::
maeveowens: MV: ::softly:: Thanks.
yarnkittymon: TY: ::nods, having even cleaned any blood off her clothes and mended them:: Any time, Maeve.
Quantum Catz: BM: Was anyone else hurt?
maeveowens: MV: ::she nods and gets up, though she avoids meeting Becky's eyes; softly:: I'm hoping Isaac was able to take care of Kizzie.
yarnkittymon: TY: ::cringes; softly:: Is it over?
maeveowens: MV: ::she nods:: As far as we're concerned. ::she winces, knowing she's already said that::
yarnkittymon: TY: ::looks away, silently::


yarnkittymon: GU: ::knocks on the door to Isaac's house, since Harry's hands are full and Lenore is hanging back::
maeveowens: DK: ::she comes to the door, looking pale. Her eyes widen when she sees Guy and then quickly steps back; weakly:: I think you'll have to go to Toby. Isaac is... ::she grimaces::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::softly:: What's wrong?
maeveowens: DK: ::softly:: He isn't well.
yarnkittymon: GU: ::cringes; quietly:: Anything Toby could help with?
maeveowens: DK: ::she shakes her head, sadly::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::cringes; quietly:: I see. ::he's not sure Toby can help Kizzie as much, but he nods:: I hope Mr. Kindall recovers soon. ::looks at Harry:: Are you all right to carry her?
yarnkittymon: HR: ::softly:: I'm getting a bit tired...
yarnkittymon: LN: ::looks even more hopeless::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::Rather weakly:: I can...stand...
maeveowens: DK: ::she watches them, sadly.::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::smiles at Kizzie; softly:: I'd just as soon carry you, though, unless you *want* to walk.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::blinks, looking rather dazed:: Walking...might be pushing it ::her words sound a bit slurred as she talks::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::moves to try to take Kizzie from Harry's arms; it's a bit tricky but they manage it; Guy softly says:: You just rest, Rosebud, and you'll be better soon.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::her eyes drift closed again::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::softly:: If I'd had any idea you were in danger...I thought you were going to help a farmer...
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::eyes still closed:: Farmer...?
yarnkittymon: HR: Come on...
yarnkittymon: GU: You know, a sick apple tree or something? I know you left Marquis...
Quantum Catz: KZ: Maeve...needed... ::winces:: Hurts...
yarnkittymon: GU: ::softly:: I'm sure Toby can heal you, Kizzie. Just stay quiet 'til then.
Quantum Catz: KZ Mm
yarnkittymon: GU: ::finally arrives at Toby's house, and has Harry knock on the door::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::hears a knock on the door and goes to answer it; a bit surprised when she sees Guy and Kizzie:: Didn't you go to Isaac?

maeveowens: MV: ::she rubs at her eyes, looking guilty.:: I've got to go see Isaac... ::she moves towards the door, still looking a bit unsteady::
yarnkittymon: TY: ::quietly:: Didn't I give you enough blood?
maeveowens: MV: :::opens her mouth to respond but the knock saves her, though she pales even more when Becky says that.:: What's wrong?
yarnkittymon: GU: ::softly:: Isaac is ill. I don't know if Toby can do much to help...
maeveowens: MV: ::she stares at him blankly for a moment then tries to push past them, needing to get to Isaac more now.::
yarnkittymon: TY: ::nods, motioning to the couch:: I'll do my best. ::looks at Lenore, a little surprised--the girl's a bit dirty now, with her wig not as straight as it once was::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::murmurs:: 'S not too bad...
yarnkittymon: TY: ::nods; quietly:: I can fix anything on the surface. If she has a concussion, you're best off waiting for Isaac, though.
yarnkittymon: GU: ::nods; softly:: Please do what you can.
yarnkittymon: TY: ::kneels next to Kizzie once Guy has set her down, and carefully gets to work::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::holds Kizzie's hand, hoping to help her through the pain::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::cries out, having been too dazed before to really realise what was about to happen; her hand clenches on Guy's::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::softly:: It's all right, Rosebud; you'll be better soon.
yarnkittymon: TY: ::keeps working until the wound seems healed, at least, from the outside::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::her eyes fall closed again when he stops::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::squeezes Kizzie's hand, looking rather panicked:: Kizzie?
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::groans:: Don't feel well
yarnkittymon: GU: ::gently runs a hand over her hair; softly:: Isaac will be better soon, and then he'll take care of you.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::blinks, opening her eyes, she still looks rather out of it:: I broke the windows...
yarnkittymon: GU: That's the least of my worries, Kizzie. ::smiles weakly at her:: Did you put up a good fight?
yarnkittymon: LN: ::is just watching; she can't speak up, even if she wanted to::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::turns to Lenore:: Do you want to be healed too? It'll hurt, though i suppose you guessed that
yarnkittymon: LN: ::nods, pointing to her throat:
yarnkittymon: TY: That wound's not deep; shouldn't be any problem.
yarnkittymon: LN: ::shakes her head::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::Frowns:: It's fuzzy...
yarnkittymon: GU: ::softly:: Do you want me to take you home? ::pauses:: Or maybe my place? Or would you rather rest here?
yarnkittymon: TY: ::looks at Becky helplessly::
Quantum Catz: KZ: I don't want to get in the way
yarnkittymon: GU: ::nods; softly:: I don't reckon there's much harm in taking you off, then.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::to Lenore:: It'll only take a moment, then you'll be good as new
yarnkittymon: LN: ::shakes her head, pointing to her throat again, and then opening her mouth to speak; no noise comes out::
Quantum Catz: BM: The cut damaged your voice?
yarnkittymon: LN: ::nods; that's close enough, at least::
yarnkittymon: TY: ::frowns; softly:: That's some pretty serious stuff...
Quantum Catz: BM: You think you can fix it?
yarnkittymon: TY: ::softly:: I don't know how I can keep her from moving when I do it, and if I make a mistake...that would be the end of her.
yarnkittymon: LN: ::looks coldly at Toby, shrugging::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::to Lenore:: It's up to you, maybe you should wait until Isaac's better
yarnkittymon: LN: ::shakes her head, motioning to her throat again::
yarnkittymon: TY: ::quietly:: Sorry; I think you should wait. Isaac will do a much better job.
yarnkittymon: LN: ::glares at Toby::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::finally picks up Kizzie and thanks Toby, taking the young woman outside::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::softly:: Didn't mean to worry you, i'll be okay...
yarnkittymon: GU: ::whispers back:: I know...but you'll have to explain what happened when you're better.
yarnkittymon: TY: ::shakes his head:: I'm sorry; it's too dangerous.
yarnkittymon: LN: ::is still glaring, though tears are glistening in her eyes::
Quantum Catz: BM: It'll be okay, maybe Isaac'll be better tomorrow
yarnkittymon: LN: ::shakes her head, and gives Harry an accusing look, as the man hasn't stood up for her, before running out::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::softly:: Maeve needed help
Quantum Catz: BM: ::winces and sighs::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::softly:: You just rest, Kizzie. I'm sure in the morning you'll be better.
yarnkittymon: TY: ::sighs too; quietly:: I really didn't want to risk it.
yarnkittymon: HR: ::excuses himself and walks out as well::
Quantum Catz: BM: Did you know Maeve had been kidnapped?
yarnkittymon: TY: ::cringes, glancing back at Becky, and nods once before turning away::
Quantum Catz: BM: Why didn't you tell me?
yarnkittymon: TY: ::shakes his head, his attention on his hands:: They got through safe.
Quantum Catz: BM: But what if she didn't?
yarnkittymon: TY: Then you might've been hurt too!
Quantum Catz: BM: Well, fine, if you didn't want me to help - why didn't you?
yarnkittymon: TY: ::softly:: You and Ben need me. I can't be reckless like I used to, and Isaac *told* me not to do it.
Quantum Catz: BM: Reckless or not, she's still our friend. You just came home and pretended it hadn't happened!
yarnkittymon: TY: We have to look out for ourselves.
Quantum Catz: BM: And that's what Isaac would say, if things were reversed?
yarnkittymon: TY: Isaac's different. He doesn't know what can go wrong.
Quantum Catz: BM: And that's what you're going to tell Ben when he grows up?
yarnkittymon: TY: I don't want him to spend his life in a lab.
Quantum Catz: BM: Neither do i but i wouldn't want him to run home and hide when his friends were in trouble either
yarnkittymon: TY: ::softly:: I'd be all right with it, if it kept him alive.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: He's very unlikely to end up in a lab on this island. That's the point
yarnkittymon: TY: I don't want him to grow up without a dad. Or a mom.
Quantum Catz: BM: So to hell with Maeve now? I guess we've done enough for her anyway, huh?
yarnkittymon: TY: I never said that! I *offered* to go and Isaac told me not to!
Quantum Catz: BM: Then why didn't you tell me what had happened?
yarnkittymon: TY: ::shrugs helplessly:: You would've just worried.
Quantum Catz: BM: She's my friend. I have a right to know. Even if i can't do anything, i have a right to know ::rubs her eyes with her hand and turns to the stairs::
yarnkittymon: TY: ::sighs at the third failure he's had tonight::
yarnkittymon: TY: ::looks at his hands for a few moments more, thinking of Maeve, and then runs up after Becky, silently::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::Ben has his own nursery, though he generally refuses to sleep in it so his cot is in Becky and Toby's bedroom; she's sitting on the bed, with her legs curled up, watching him, though not wanting to wake him::
yarnkittymon: TY: ::slowly opens the door; softly:: Becky?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks up at him, though she doesn't get up::
yarnkittymon: TY: ::sits on the bed beside Becky; takes a deep breath; softly:: Can you forgive me?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::murmurs:: Do i ever not?
yarnkittymon: TY: ::softly:: I should've helped her, and you deserved to know too.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::softly:: She's my friend too
yarnkittymon: TY: I didn't want you to worry. I was selfish.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: It doesn't matter; she's okay now
yarnkittymon: TY: ::takes a deep breath, shaking his head:: I love you, Becky.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::reaches for his hand:: I know. ::sighs:: I understand you know, i just...it isn't just up to you
yarnkittymon: TY: ::nods, squeezing Becky's hand back:: I'm so lucky to have you.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::laughs weakly:: Yeah, i know you are
yarnkittymon: TY: ::grins back, leaning forward to kiss his wife::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::kisses him back::


yarnkittymon: LN: ::gets back to Amara's room before the twenty minutes is up::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::went straight to the bar and is nursing a drink, still::
yarnkittymon: LN:  ::when no one answers the door, Lenore heads back down to the bar; takes a seat and motions to the barkeep, getting out a coin; she'd rather have a whisky but she's expecting a beer, since she can't speak::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::looks over at Lenore but doesn't move towards her; to the barkeep:: She'll want a whisky
yarnkittymon: : ::the barkeep nods, taking Lenore's coin and going to pour a shot::
Quantum Catz: AM: Take it Isaac didn't heal you
yarnkittymon: LN: ::puts her hands together and rests the side of her head on them, eyes closed, feigning sleep for a moment::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::reaches into her pocket and pulls out her key, which she slides across the bar::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::takes the key and pockets it, then takes the whiskey when it comes; she slams it down and then shudders, tears in her eyes, as it burns her wounded throat::
Quantum Catz: AM: You should wash that out, cover it up. You don't want it getting infected
yarnkittymon: LN: ::nods, though she doesn't really care; gets up::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::watches her; tempted to follow her to make sure she does dress the wound, but at the same time, not really feeling up to being ignored or hated::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::goes upstairs and lays down on the bed; after a minute, she starts to cry::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::finishes her drink and then sighs and heads upstairs::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::comes into the room and sits on the bed next to Lenore; hesitates to reach for her though::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::tenses and looks up when the door opens; when she sees it's just Amara, she continues crying::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::softly:: I'm sorry
yarnkittymon: LN: ::looks up at Amara, her make-up streaked, completely startled::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::turns away:: I'm not saying it again
yarnkittymon: LN: ::tries to wipe her eyes with her fingers::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::reaches over for some tissues and passes them to Lenore::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::takes them, though they can't take the puffiness from her now-red eyes::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::softly:: Let me clean out your cut and then you can get some rest
yarnkittymon: LN: ::sits up; pulls her bedraggled wig off and sets it on the dresser, then waits for Amara to work::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::cleans the wound out with antiseptic, trying to be as gentle as she can, then bandages it; murmurs:: Good thing i'm always prepared
yarnkittymon: LN: ::tries to speak, but it's not even a whisper; cringes::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::rifles through the drawers in her room and then hands Lenore a couple of pieces of paper and a pen::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::takes them, but she doesn't have anything to say::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::shrugs and takes a drink from her hip flask:
yarnkittymon: LN: ::finally writes:: "Isaac was unconscious."
Quantum Catz: AM: Well, if he wasn't dead, it means at least the chest wound was fixed. If he can't help you in the next day or two, i'm sure we can find someone else who can
yarnkittymon: LN: ::writes:: "They'll kill us first"
Quantum Catz: AM: I'll sort something out
yarnkittymon: LN: ::shrugs, setting the pen down::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::sighs:: Who'd've thought there'd be someone out there who *wouldn't* believe i'd killed someone
yarnkittymon: LN: ::shrugs again, then pauses and scribbles:: "He might think I'm dead."
Quantum Catz: AM: That guy didn't seem like he was in a rush to get back to his boss - i'm willing to bet he was just running
yarnkittymon: LN: ::nods, biting her lip, and sighing::
Quantum Catz: AM: I still think we should go back to LA, you'll be safe in the house. Everyone has a price, even for their daughter. I'll find it and we can end this
yarnkittymon: LN: ::motions to her throat, then shakes her head, laying back down on the pillow::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::sighs:: We both need rest before we can do anything else, try to get some sleep
yarnkittymon: LN: ::nods, scooting over to one side of the bed::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::lays down as well, wincing as she aggravates her bruises::
yarnkittymon: LN: ::closes her eyes, trying to say good night, but again, no sound comes out::
Quantum Catz: AM: ::softly:: Sleep well...as well as you can, at least
yarnkittymon: LN: ::looks over at Amara for a moment, then lays back down and closes her eyes again::

Part 4 – Isaac and Kizzie are ill

maeveowens: MV: ::leaves Toby's house, still very much worried about Kizzie, but just afraid enough that Isaac is dying on her. She trips going up the stairs but catches herself on the railing. Once in, she calls his name::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::is lying on the couch, with a fever, he woke up for a little while before though not for very long::
maeveowens: DK: ::she's in the kitchen fixing some food that they'll hopefully be able to get him to eat::
maeveowens: MV: ::she comes in, paling even more. She's shaking slightly by the time she lowers herself beside him; softly:: Isaac?
yarnkittymon: JH: ::is sitting next to Isaac, watching him grimly::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::murmurs:: Maeve...
maeveowens: MV: ::leans closer to him; gently:: I'm here. ::she reaches for his face, cringing when she feels how hot he is:: Toby said he healed you... I don't understand...
Quantum Catz: IS: ::softly:: Just ill...be okay...
maeveowens: MV: ::she trembles, remembering perfectly how things turned out the last time he was ill. She lays her head against his arm, needing to be closer to him, especially after that scare::
maeveowens: MV: ::whispers, brokenly:; I don't like this couch Isaac. We should burn it.
yarnkittymon: JH: ::looks worriedly at Maeve::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::jokes weakly:: Wait till i'm off of it first
maeveowens: MV: ::she laughs a bit though it turns in to a broken sob. She takes a deep breath, managing not fully breakdown::
yarnkittymon: JH: ::softly:: I know he'll be better soon, Maeve.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::softly:: Are you okay?
maeveowens: MV: ::she nods::
Quantum Catz: IS: Wanted to come after you but i...
maeveowens: MV: ::she reaches for his hand, and clutches it tightly against her; weakly:: I'm just glad you're alive. I..wasn't sure... ::she trembles again::
Quantum Catz: IS: Toby healed me. I was okay
maeveowens: MV: ::weakly:: Then why are you sick? You were fine when I left.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::shakes his head:: Dunno...
maeveowens: MV: ::her hold tightens on his hand; quietly:: It's not like last time, right?
Quantum Catz: IS: 's just a fever
yarnkittymon: JH: ::softly:: Isaac, I think you should rest...
maeveowens: MV: ::she pulls back, guiltily:: Do you need anything?
Quantum Catz: IS: I'm okay
maeveowens: MV: ::she nods and reluctantly stands up. :: I'll go check on Olivia so you can get some rest.
yarnkittymon: JH: ::whispers:: I can check on her if you'd rather.
maeveowens: MV: ::she looks back at Isaac::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::his eyes have drifted closed::
maeveowens: MV: ::she sighs and then shakes her head:: No, I'll go see her. ::she turns away and heads for the stairs::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::is coming out of his room when Maeve comes up the stairs:: You're alright then?
maeveowens: MV: ::she looks up, startled, and then nods:: Yes. You?
Quantum Catz: EK: ::shrugs:: I'm alright
maeveowens: MV: ::she nods:: That's good. ::she smiles weakly at him as she passes, eager to see Olivia::
yarnkittymon: OL: ::is looking up at her mobile, but she screeches in delight when she sees Maeve::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::goes downstairs for something to eat::
maeveowens: MV: ::she smiles widely at Olivia's happy expression. She reaches down and carefully lifts her out of the crib.:: Hey there little one.
yarnkittymon: OL: ::giggles softly::
maeveowens: MV: Well, at least someone here is happy.
maeveowens: DK: ::she's made some soup but seeing that Isaac is asleep again, she's putting it in to some containers for later.::
yarnkittymon: OL: ::reaches out for Maeve's hair::
Quantum Catz: EK: I'll have some soup, before you put it all away
maeveowens: DK: ::she looks up, surprised, but quickly reaches out for a bowl.:: Sure.
maeveowens: MV: ::she dangles her hair just out of the baby's reach, smiling::
yarnkittymon: OL: ::giggles, reaching for it again::
maeveowens: MV: ::she tickles her hand with the strand of hair before pulling it out of her reach again::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::takes the bowl:: Thanks ::sits down at the table, not saying anything else::
yarnkittymon: OL: ::laughs, then suddenly sneezes::
maeveowens: MV: ::she laughs:: Bless you little one. ::she flips her hair over her shoulder and rocks Olivia::
maeveowens: DK: ::she glances at her brother then gets back to putting the soup u; hesitantly.:: How are you?
Quantum Catz: EK: Alright
yarnkittymon: OL: ::settles in next to her mother, completely contented::
maeveowens: DK: ::she looks back at her brother, waiting, then moves over to sit across from him::
Quantum Catz: EK: ::glances up at her and goes back to his soup::
maeveowens: DK: ::quietly:: Are you ever going to talk to us again?
Quantum Catz: EK: I talked just there
maeveowens: DK; ::she looks down, unsure:: I know. But you hardly ever say anymore that that.
Quantum Catz: EK: ::shrugs:: I don't have much to say
maeveowens: DK: ::she nods, looking a bit sad, but she gets up so he can eat in peace::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::suddenly calls out for Maeve, sounding rather panicked::
maeveowens: MV: ::she looks up, startled, then quickly moves to put Olivia back in her cradle::
yarnkittymon: OL: ::starts to fuss as she's put down::
maeveowens: DK: ::she jumps and turns around to look at the door, surprised::
maeveowens: MV: Sorry little one, I'll be right back. ::she hurries out the door, answering Isaac as she comes down the stairs::
yarnkittymon: JH: ::is shaking Isaac's shoulder:: Come on; wake up! You're dreaming!
Quantum Catz: IS: ::his eyes open and he looks at Josh, looking scared::
yarnkittymon: JH: ::softly:: It's all right, Isaac...everything's all right.
maeveowens: MV; ::she reaches the bottom, pausing when she sees Josh::
yarnkittymon: JH: ::looks up at Maeve; quietly:: You might be able to help him.
Quantum Catz: IS: I...I...::closes his eyes and rubs at them::
maeveowens: MV: ::her eyes are wide as she comes around the couch to Isaac::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::opens his eyes again and reaches for Maeve::
maeveowens: MV: ::she takes his hand and sits down beside him; frowning: What's wrong?
Quantum Catz: IS: Just...a bad dream
maeveowens: MV: ::smiles sadly at him and reaches out to brush the hair from his forehead; softly:: I'm sorry. Do you need anything?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::softly:: I'm okay.
maeveowens: MV: ::quietly:; Are you sure? ::she squeezes his hand::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::nods:: Just stay with me for a bit
maeveowens: MV: ::she frowns, looking worried, but she quickly nods:: Sure. ::she looks up at Josh:; Can you check on Olivia? She was fussing a bit.
yarnkittymon: JH: ::nods, glad to see his brother a bit better:: Yeah. ::heads out::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::softly:: I love you
maeveowens: MV: ::smiles a bit; quietly:: I know. I love you too.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::softly:: Don't leave again
maeveowens: MV: :she winces, looking down:: I'm not going anywhere Isaac.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::nods, and squeezes her hand::
maeveowens: MV: ::she looks back up, smiling weakly. She squeezes his hand back::


yarnkittymon: GU: ::takes Kizzie to the room he's still renting and lays her down on the bed, sitting down on a chair beside her, and just admiring her pretty face::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::tries to stay awake but her eyes keep drifting closed::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::softly:: I think it's best if you stay awake...maybe I should fetch the doctor.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::softly:: Can't keep my eyes open
yarnkittymon: GU: ::softly:: I'm sorry, but I think that's what you need to do.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::pushes herself into a sitting position, though she groans at the movement::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::softly:: I'm sorry...I don't want anything happening to you. I guess I should've taken you to the doctor.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::blinks, trying to clear her head::
yarnkittymon: GU: Hold on, Kizzie. ::heads out and asks the first passerby to fetch the doctor::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::turns to watch Guy as he leaves, though the movement makes her head ache even more::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::comes back in a minute later, and sits down next to Kizzie:: The doctor should be here soon.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::murmurs:: Just some painkillers would be nice
yarnkittymon: GU: I know he'll know what's best. ::takes Kizzie's hand::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::squeezes his hand:: Don't worry, i'll be alright
Quantum Catz: : ::it's not long before the doctor arrives and knocks on the door::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::opens the door, looking worriedly at the doctor:: I know I probably shouldn't have moved her, but I couldn't leave her there...
Quantum Catz: : Well, let's have a look and we'll see what's going on. I was told she might have concussion? did she lose consciousness?
yarnkittymon: GU: ::nods:: I don't really know for how long, but it must have been at least a couple hours.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::murmurs:: But Toby fixed it - 's just a headache
Quantum Catz: : Kizzie, i need you to stand up so i can give you a check up, can you do that for me?
yarnkittymon: GU: ::holds out his hands to help Kizzie up::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::needs Guy's help to stand, still feeling rather dizzy; one of her hands goes to her head and she winces::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::looks between Kizzie and the doctor, worried::
Quantum Catz: : ::the doctor checks Kizzie's pupils; then runs a hand down each arm, asking if she can feel it, which she can; he then tests her memory - she can remember most things, though the events around her injury are rather fuzzy::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::still trying to discern if Kizzie's doing well or not::
Quantum Catz: : ::softly:: Well, your pupils are still reactive and it looks like there's no spinal injury from being moved. But you are going to have to be watched very carefully for the next 24 hours ::looks at Guy:: If any of her symptoms worsen you need to call me back; i'll give her aspirin for the pain which should help and i can give her other medicine if she starts vomiting. She should stay awake for at least a few hours to be sure she's not getting worse and, when she does sleep, you'll need to wake her every 2-4 hours to check on her
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::murmurs:: She is in the room, you know
yarnkittymon: GU: ::nods; softly:: I'll set my alarm. ::reaches for his gold to pay the man::
Quantum Catz: : ::takes the gold and gives Guy a bottle of painkillers for kizzie to take:: If these don't work, let me know.
yarnkittymon: GU: I will. Thank you, sir.
Quantum Catz: : ::nods:: Take care
yarnkittymon: GU: ::nods, then reaches out to squeeze Kizzie's hands; quietly:: Would you like me to turn the radio on?
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::sits down again; sighs:: I guess so if i can't just sleeep
yarnkittymon: GU: ::nods:: I'm sorry. I could read to you if you'd prefer.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::is tempted to curl up in bed again, but remains sitting:: Some of those painkillers would be good, maybe then i'll feel a bit better
yarnkittymon: GU: ::nods again, going to fetch her a glass of water, and he gives her a couple aspirin::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::takes them rather gratefully:: Thanks
yarnkittymon: GU: ::softly:: I wish I'd been in town to help.
Quantum Catz: KZ: They might have just hurt you too
yarnkittymon: GU: I'd rather it be me than you, though.
Quantum Catz: KZ: I wouldn't want to see you hurt either though
yarnkittymon: GU: ::smiles softly:: Well, you *would* have a harder time carrying me.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::laughs weakly, then winces at the pain:: It would be quite a hassle
yarnkittymon: GU:  You know, we could start advertising together, in the hopes of getting jobs at the same place.  Something like, "My expensive necklace was stolen, and my neighbor's prize roses are looking sickly."  Save on travel expense, you see.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::smiles:: It would make things easier
yarnkittymon: GU: And I always enjoy your company.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::smiles:: I rather enjoy yours too
yarnkittymon: GU: ::squeezes Kizzie's hand, and then leans forward to kiss her::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::kisses him back::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::quietly:: And think; you'll get to see me every couple hours for the whole next day.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::wryly:: As much as i love to see your face, I think i'd rather get a good night's sleep. But i guess the doctor knows what he's doing
yarnkittymon: GU: ::softly:: I'd rather get a full night's sleep too, but at least I'll have a whole night by your side. ::smiles weakly::
Quantum Catz: KZ: You weren't exactly in much of a state to enjoy it the last time
yarnkittymon: GU: ::softly:: Well, I'm not sure you're doing much better today....
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::leans back against the headboard:: Guess not
yarnkittymon: GU: ::softly:: Though you're welcome to come over sometime when you're not ill.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::smiles and murmurs, jokingly:: What would the locals say?
yarnkittymon: GU: ::laughs, flushing a bit:: I guess they'd say it's time I got a ring on you.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::blinks a bit at that, not sure what to say::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::smiles, quickly shaking his head:: Now I'm the one rambling on as if I'd been hit on the head. My apologies.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::murmurs:: I didn't mean to react like that. Caught me off guard
yarnkittymon: GU: ::softly:: Well, this may not be the best time, whether or not you're even ready.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::her eyes drift closed as she murmurs:: After four years, i'm not sure what you think i wouldn't be ready for
yarnkittymon: GU: ::softly:: You have to stay awake a while longer, Kizzie. And...we weren't together all that time.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::rather more softly, her eyes still closed:: Mmm, for two years i was just wondering where you were, whether you were okay, if i'd ever see you again...
yarnkittymon: GU: ::softly:: I'm sorry about that...if you would've wanted, I would have taken you with me.
Quantum Catz: KZ: Sometimes i wondered if i should have...but...I don't think i could've lived like that again...no home, always moving
yarnkittymon: GU: ::nods; softly:: I understand.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::her eyes are still closed; sounding sleepy:: You're not going to leave again, are you?
yarnkittymon: GU: Not unless you fall asleep; then I'll have to fetch the doctor. ::grimacing:: Come on; stay awake. ::moves and turns on the radio to some peppy dance music::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::forces her eyes open again:: Sorry
yarnkittymon: GU: ::takes his alarm clock and sets it:: Another hour more is all. ::leans close to her ear:: You could tell me what your favourite stone is...
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::smirks:: That's just cheating - i could forget all this in the morning and just think you've been amazingly insightful
yarnkittymon: GU: ::laughs:: Or you could lie to me now, and I wouldn't know any better until I saw the look on your face, would I?
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::chuckles:: Either way, you're on your own
yarnkittymon: GU: In some parts of the world, gold or silver rings with no stone are the standard. ::smirks::
Quantum Catz: KZ: Cheating again
yarnkittymon: GU: Not sure I'll ever understand women; likely as not, I'll pick something you hate.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::smiles:: I'd never hate anything you got me
yarnkittymon: GU: Well, all right, then. ::smiles back; softly:: I almost hope you forget, so you can be surprised.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::reaches up and rests her hand at the back of his neck, fingers running through his hair:: I'd rather not forget
yarnkittymon: GU: ::smiles in delight; softly:: You probably won't. Either way, I won't keep you waiting long.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::her hand brushes his necklace as she lowers her arm, still trying to fight off the tiredness despite the importance of the conversation::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::shudders a little as Kizzie glances it; considers for a few moments, and then reaches out and slips it over his head, ring and all, lowering it into a cupped hand::
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::frowns:: What're you doing?
yarnkittymon: GU: ::softly:: Taking it off.
Quantum Catz: KZ: You don't have to do that
yarnkittymon: GU: ::shakes his head; quietly:: She still has a place in my heart, Kizzie...but I think it's time.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::places her hand over the one of his holding the necklace and kisses his cheek::
yarnkittymon: GU: ::a smile comes to his lips at Kizzie's kiss; softly:: I love you, Kizzie.
Quantum Catz: KZ: ::rests her head against his:: I love you too

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