~Monday September 14, 1936~

quantumcatz: : ::Isaac should have been back a day or so ago, though Eli has yet to get worried enough to go looking for him::

maeveowens: MV: ::she's been missing Isaac but has managed to keep busy between cleaning the house and caring for Livvy. She keeps hoping he'll come home soon, though she's yet to get real worried since it's only been a day or two, and can't help feeling sad when she goes to bed each night alone::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::is starting to get a little worried, though he's been so busy with schoolwork and work at the fire station, he hasn't honestly had that much time to think about it::

quantumcatz: : ::there's a tentative knock at the door::

maeveowens: MV: ::was dusting off a shelf but she pauses when there's a knock. She throws the rag down and goes to open the door::

quantumcatz: : ::there's a grey-haired man standing in the doorway, holding a hat in his hands; his clothes are rather dirty and worn and his beard is a bit unkempt; blinks when he sees Maeve:: M-Mrs Kindall?

maeveowens: MV: ::she nods, her expression curious:: Yes? ::she pauses:: If you're looking for my husband I'm afraid you missed him. He went out of town for a few days.

quantumcatz: : ::the man hesitates:: Are...are Elijah and Dolly here?

maeveowens: MV: ::takes her a moment to understand he means Eli but then nods:: They're here. ::she frowns: I'm sorry, who are you?

quantumcatz: : ::hesitates and then holds out his hand:: Tom Worthers, Miss...uh, Mrs. Kindall...

maeveowens: MV: ::she takes the offered hand, feeling uneasy:: I take it your an old friend of the family then? ::she's reluctant but she steps aside to let him enter::

quantumcatz: : Tom shrugs:: I used to fish out at Saxton, watched young Isaac grow up on those boats

maeveowens: MV; ::she nods; quietly:: As I said, he isn't here right now but if you'll have a seat I'll get Dolly and Eli. 

quantumcatz: : ::looks down:: I...know he isn't, Mrs....Kindall

maeveowens: MV: ::she pauses as a shiver runs down her spine. She frowns, watching him:: You..you've seen him?

quantumcatz: : Maybe you should get his brother n sister first

 maeveowens: MV: ::her face loses all of it's color and she stares at him, her expression blank::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::comes inside, stopping when he sees the visitor::  Mr. Worthers?

quantumcatz: : ::looks at Josh rather surprised, a sad smile on his lips:: Joshua...my, you've grown a lot since i last saw you

maeveowens: MV: ::she's staring at the man, unable to think and barely reacts to Josh coming in the door::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::smiles::  Yeah; I might even grow taller than Isaac, at this rate.

maeveowens: MV: ::weakly:: Josh... why don't you go upstairs and get your siblings...

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::turns to look at Maeve, and his smile vanishes; softly::  What's wrong?

quantumcatz: : ::hesitates:: Maybe you should just go get them down here

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::stares for a few moments, and shudders, then runs up the stairs, calling Dolly and Eli::

quantumcatz: EK: ::comes out of his room:: What's wrong?

maeveowens: MV: ::looks at the man, and swallows hard:: What-what makes you...think... 

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::a lot of the color has left his face; softly::  Mr. Worthers is here; he sounded serious, and wants to see us...Maeve looks awful.

quantumcatz: : I'd...rather wait until the others are here

maeveowens: DK: ::she peeks her head out the door:: What's wrong?

maeveowens: MV: ::clenches her teeth:: And I'd rather not worry them needlessly! 

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::softly::  I don't know, but Mr. Worthers wanted to see us.  I...think it's something bad.

maeveowens: DK: ::she pales and slowly comes out into the hall. Her eyes flick to Eli::

quantumcatz: EK: ::his jaw's clenched and he glances towards Leyla's room, but he doesn't want to wake her, so he moves towards the stairs:: Let's just get it over with then

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::quickly follows Eli, not wanting to be alone, even if he's not sure he wants to hear the news::

quantumcatz: : No offence, Mrs. Kindall, but i've known these kids since they were babies ::Winces:: I wouldn't be here needlessly

maeveowens: MV: ::she backs away, looking like she's either going to faint or bolt::

quantumcatz: : ::looks up as the others come in, the sad smile on his face again:: Looks like you've all grown up well

maeveowens: DK: ::her legs are shaking as she comes down the stairs:: It's nice to see your Mr. Worthers but what is going on?

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::reaches out for Dolly's hand, trying to look brave::

maeveowens: DK: ::clutches Josh's hand, tightly::

maeveowens: MV: ::she isn't sure she can bear to hear it, lie or not, and she suddenly turns towards the door, trying her hardest not to outright run::

quantumcatz: EK: ::softly:: Maeve...

maeveowens: MV: ::she shakes her head and hits the street running::

quantumcatz: : ::watches maeve leave and then coughs and says softly:: Maybe it'd be better coming from one of you three anyway

maeveowens: DK: ::she leans against Josh, feeling light headed. She doesn't even speak, doesn't trust herself to::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::tries hard to keep himself from shaking; softly::  What...what's wrong?

quantumcatz: : Isaac...borrowed my boat a few days back...then...he didn't come back in and...the other day my boat did...

maeveowens: DK: ::shakily:: Where's Isaac?

maeveowens: MV: ::she bangs on Becky's door, yelling her name::

quantumcatz: EK: ::softly:: He means the boat washed to shore, Dolly.  'S more than happened with Dad

maeveowens: DK: But he was on the boat? Right? 

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::stares at them blankly::  He wouldn't have just fallen out!  Did...did it storm?

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::comes to the door, looking puzzled::  Maeve?  What's wrong?

maeveowens: MV: ::there's tears on her cheeks but she pays them no mind:: Where's Becky?

yarnkittymon: TY:  She's at the orphanage.  What's wrong?

maeveowens: MV; ::she seems to wilt more but then shrugs it off. She stumbles away, and then just starts running again::

quantumcatz: : The weather was no worse'n he's handled before ::hesitates:: But the boat was in pieces

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::quickly shakes his head::  He...he would've swam to shore...did you check everywhere?

maeveowens: DK: ::she doesn't say anything else, hoping Eli is wrong and she's stupid to just jumping to the worse conclusion. So she stares in silence::

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::walks after Maeve::  Maeve, what is it!

maeveowens: MV: ::she doesn't answer and is already running as fast as she can towards Kizzie's where she assumed Guy will be::

quantumcatz: : I wouldn't be here if i hadn't...if he didn't come in with the boat...it's a long time to be out there in the water

maeveowens: DK: But...but that doesn't mean anything...

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::starts running after Maeve::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::firmly::  He swam to shore.  He had to!

quantumcatz: : He went out on Thursday morning...and i didn't stop looking till Saturday night

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::shudders, looking back at his brother::  Eli, you'll find him, right!

maeveowens: MV: ::she pounds on Kizzie's door. She's pale, and shaking, but miraculously still standing::

maeveowens: DK: ::she looks like she might already be trying::

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::finally catches up to Maeve::  What's wrong?

maeveowens: MV: ::she shakes her head, and pounds on the door again:::

quantumcatz: EK: ::is looking rather pale:: I'll...try.... ::winces and then mutters:: I should go find maeve before she does something stupid though ::changes into a fox and runs away without another word::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::hugs Dolly tightly; whispers::  We'll find him....Eli will bring him back, like he promised.

quantumcatz: KZ: ::opens the door:: Maeve, what's wrong?

maeveowens: DK: ::she clings to her brother, unable to speak::

maeveowens: MV: ::shakily:: Where's Guy..

quantumcatz: KZ: He's...he's here - come in

maeveowens: MV: ::she pushes past her, not even waiting. She looks around for him::

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::is doing some paperwork at a desk he's set up in a small room in Kizzie's house; looks up, rather startled::  Maeve, what's happened?

maeveowens: MV: I...I need you to tell me where Isaac is...

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::follows closely after Maeve::

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::looks rather worried, but closes his eyes, concentrating::

maeveowens: MV: ::stands there, trembling, and watching him as if her whole life hangs on his next words::

quantumcatz: EK: ::pretty much raced to where Maeve is, knowing she'd only be at one of two places; pushes his way in through the ajar front door and stops, watching Guy too::

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::opens his eyes, looking troubled; very softly::  Maeve...I'm sorry...

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::cringes, reaching forward to try to support Maeve, or restrain her, whichever is needed::

maeveowens: MV: ::she watches him for a second then starts to shake her head, she pushes at Toby:: No! Don't you even tell me that Guy! Try harder! He is NOT gone!

quantumcatz: EK: ::changes back to his human form:: Maeve...

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::softly::  Maeve, I tried.  I'm...I'm so sorry...

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::lets himself be pushed back, feeling rather numb, himself::

quantumcatz: EK: Maeve...his boat washed ashore...Mr. Worthers looked...for him...

maeveowens: MV: ::she stands there, shaking and looking like she's about to just faint. She looks up at Eli like she isn't sure how to take that::

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::gets to his feet::

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::reaches forward and takes Maeve's arm; softly::  Maeve, I'm so sorry.

maeveowens: MV: ::she was about to let him but she jerks away; angrily:: Stop telling me that he's not gone! He..can't be...he promised...

quantumcatz: EK: Well he was wrong!

maeveowens: MV: ::it must hit her when Eli admits it because she freezes, looking like she's going to cry, but she can't quite deal with it so she does the next best thing. She faints.::

quantumcatz: EK: ::moves forward to catch her:

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::grabs at Maeve too::

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::manages to get ahold of Maeve, with Eli's help, and they lay her down::

quantumcatz: EK: ::softly:: I'll take her home

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::softly::  Is there anything I can do to help?

quantumcatz: EK: We'll manage

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::steps back::

quantumcatz: KZ: ::is standing quietly by the door, not even sure what to say::

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::glances at his fiancee, then back at Eli::  We'd all love to help.  We owe it to all of you.

maeveowens: MV: ::she moves, frowning::

quantumcatz: EK: Right now I just want to get Maeve home before she starts burning things

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::nods; bowing his head::

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::gently puts Maeve's arms around herself, to make her easier to carry::

maeveowens: MV: ::she blinks, protesting a bit at being moved::

quantumcatz: EK: ::softly:: Come on, Maeve, we're going home ::moves to pick her up, though he's not sure he wants to be carrying her if she wakes up fully and panicks::

maeveowens: MV: ::her eyes open all the way and her expression turns sad and then goes blank as she looks around, realizing it wasn't a dream::

quantumcatz: EK: We have to go home ::his own expression is rather blank too::

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::softly::  Do you want me to bring Becky over when she comes back?  ::sounding rather hesitant::

maeveowens: MV: ::weakly:: Isaac's not there... ::she doesn't seem to register Toby's words but after a moment they seem to shake her out of it and she pushes away from Eli:: Becky... we have to find Becky!

quantumcatz: EK: ::sharply:: Maeve will you stop it! I had to leave Dolly and Josh to come get you

maeveowens: MV: ::she turns back, and just as sharply:: I didn't ask you to and I'm not just going to sit at home crying over this! I'm going to fix it!

quantumcatz: EK: And what d'you think Dolly and Josh are doing right now? You can't *fix* death, Maeve

maeveowens: MV: ::she points at Toby but keeps looking at Eli;coldy:: He's done it for me. Isaac.... he's not staying gone! ::starts for the door:: 

quantumcatz: EK: ::moves after Maeve:: Don't you think if someone could do something then they'd have saved those kids?  You can't *fix* these things!

maeveowens: MV: ::she calls over her shoulder:: Watch me!

quantumcatz: EK: ::reaches out to grab her arm:: Don't do this, Maeve, please just come home!

 yarnkittymon: TY:  ::quietly::  I'll bring Becky over, I promise.

maeveowens: MV: ::she tries to pull back, and when she turns around her eyes are wide, and desperate:: Let go of me! I have to try! ::she shakes her head:: No! I'm not gonna sit around and wait!

quantumcatz: EK: ::lets go of her; softly:: There's nothing to wait for

maeveowens: MV: ::sharply:: You can give up if you want to but I'm not!

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::softly::  I'll go with you, Maeve, if you like, but you can't go off alone.

maeveowens: MV: ::mutters:: I'm just going to the orphanage. ::walks away::

quantumcatz: EK: I'm going home to the others.  They need us to be together more than they need your little crusade

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::glances at Guy::  I'll go with you, Maeve.  ::follows her::

maeveowens: MV: ::she doesn't pay attention. If she gets her way this wont have ever happened::

quantumcatz: EK: ::shakes his head and then turns to go home::

quantumcatz: EK: ::shouts after Maeve:: I'll be sure to check on Olivia while you're gone, since you've probably completely forgotten about her

maeveowens: MV: ::he sees her flinch but she doesn't stop::

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::quietly::  She needs to mourn in her own way, Eli.

quantumcatz: EK: This isn't mourning - she's pretending it isn't real.  And i have to go home and convince my brother and sister it is real, so that they won't just be crushed again when she comes back with nothing to show for it

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::looks at the window; softly::  You can't blame her for wanting to exhaust all hope.

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::catches up to Maeve and walks alongside her::

maeveowens: MV: ::she refuses to look at him, knowing if she does she'll just break::

quantumcatz: EK: Hope doesn't change anything

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::softly::  I know, but she has to know she did all she could.  ::quietly::  We'll bring a meal over this evening.

quantumcatz: EK: ::hesitates, his stubborn streak desperate to say they don't need any help, but finally, just says softly:: Thanks.  I need to get back to the others

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::nods; quietly::  You know where we are, if you need anything.

quantumcatz: EK: We have each other - it's all we ever needed before ::turns to go::

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::flinches, then sits down heavily at his desk, looking blankly at his paperwork::

maeveowens: MV: ;:she closer they get to the orphanage the more nervous she becomes but she tries to swallow it back less it break her. She's still pale and there's no hiding how weak she looks::

quantumcatz: KZ: ::comes up behind Guy and rests her hands on his shoulders::

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::can't say a word to Maeve, since he doubts Becky will help anyway::

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::very quietly::  I'm so tired of delivering bad news...

maeveowens: MV: ::she knows Becky wont but a part of her still screaming for her to ask, beg even if she has to::

quantumcatz: KZ: ::softly:: She already knew, Guy...

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::lightly puts one of his hands over one of Kizzie's; softly::  I know...so did some of the parents...but I still see them all...

quantumcatz: KZ: ::squeezes his shoulder, not sure what else she can do but be there for him::

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::after a while; softly::  I'm sorry I volunteered your kitchen.

quantumcatz: BM: ::is already walking home; she's taken to walking rather than teleporting recently, though whether it's to avoid Toby or allow him to avoid her, she's not really sure; stops when she sees him with Maeve though::

maeveowens: MV: ::she seems to spot Becky at the same time and she pauses, suddenly terrified. She quickly sticks her arms behind to hide her trembling:: Becky...

quantumcatz: KZ: It's fine.  Even if we can just help them a little, it's better than nothing

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::puts his hand on Maeve's shoulder, silently::

quantumcatz: BM: What's happened?

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::nods, taking a deep breath, and then standing; he suddenly hugs Kizzie, trying so hard to not think of anything terrible happening to her::

maeveowens: MV: ::she closes her eyes, and takes a deep breath. A few hopeless tears well up and spill:: I-I know... but... I need you to help him Becky... if not for me you've got to do it for Livvy... 

quantumcatz: KZ: ::hugs him back; she's still been a little scared herself since what happened in the dream world; softly:: I'd promise nothing's going to happen to me, but Isaac probably promised the same thing...

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::looks at Becky grimly::

quantumcatz: BM: ::is still rather confused, though she thinks she has an idea of what's happened and she frowns at Toby before turning back to Maeve:: I don't understand

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::pulls back, gently touching Kizzie's face; softly::  I know.  It's just been such a frightful couple of weeks.

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::softly::  Guy can't find Isaac...

quantumcatz: BM: ::closes her eyes and swallows, a shiver running through her:: I'm sorry

maeveowens: MV: ::a few more tears spill as she watches Becky, trembling:: I didn't ask you when my sister died but I'm begging you now Becky... please... 

quantumcatz: BM: ::shakes her head, taking a step back:: I can't...

quantumcatz: KZ: It'll...get easier

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::nods; softly::  I know.  ::pauses::  But Kizzie, if this town doesn't get a decent doctor, we'll have no choice but to move.

maeveowens: MV: ::she takes a step forward, desperately:: Becky... you can't ask me to bury him too! Not with Livvy... she isn't even going to know who he is! 

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::can't bear to watch Maeve's anguish, and turns away::

quantumcatz: BM: ::winces, looking away:: I can't

maeveowens: MV: ::angrily:: Then help me find someone who will! I can't just let him die!

quantumcatz: BM: 600 children just died, Maeve - but his life is worth more than all of theirs, is it?

maeveowens: MV: Fix that too if you want! I don't care as long as...as long as... he's here. 

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::coldly::  Isaac's saved at least 600 people before, besides!

quantumcatz: KZ: ::softly:: We can think about that later, can't we?

yarnkittymon: GU:  ::quietly::  Not today, at least.  ::looks at her for a moment, then heads to the kitchen::

quantumcatz: BM: I'm not doing this, Toby!  I'm not going through all of this with you again!

maeveowens: MV: ::pleadingly:: It's just six days! What's wrong with just six days! 

quantumcatz: BM: ::tears spring to her eyes:: I'm sorry, Maeve

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::flinches, and looks at the ground, glaring::

maeveowens: MV: ::she looks at Becky trying not to cry as her last shred of hope slips away and the crushing hopelessness comes in. She shakes her head:: You're not... if you were you'd do something! 

quantumcatz: BM: ::tearfully:: Believe what you want - i'm sure you both will anyway ::teleports away::

maeveowens: MV: ::stares at the spot Becky was standing in, numbly:: 

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::looks at Maeve for a moment, trying to see if she's about to faint again::

maeveowens: MV: ::she's just trying hard not to break down, trying her hardest to push it all back instead.::

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::softly::  Let's get you home.

maeveowens: MV: ::she shakes her head; weakly:: I can't...

yarnkittymon: TY:  Then where?

maeveowens: MV: ::she just shakes her head::

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::quietly::  I...I'm sure Olivia wants you...

maeveowens: MV: ::she flinches; brokenly:: I can't face her... I can't... do ...this.

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::shakes his head; quietly::  She's going to need you.

maeveowens: MV: ::she doesn't say anything as she tries to hold herself together::

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::looks away from Maeve, listening for the moment when she breaks; he can't stand to watch::

maeveowens: MV: ::she actually holds it off and after a while she turns to go back home. She refuses to look directly at him though::

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::just walks alongside her, not knowing what to say::

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::quietly::  I'm...sure he's at peace now.

maeveowens: MV: ::he hears her gulp and then suck in a deep breath; sharply:: Don't. 

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::looks down; quietly::  And we're all going to take care of you and the others.

maeveowens: MV: ::she shudders but doesn't say anything::

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::gently touches Maeve's shoulder::

maeveowens: MV: ::she stiffens then makes the mistake of looking up at him::

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::flinches to see the pain in her eyes; softly::  You'll get through this, I promise.

maeveowens: MV: ::she breaks a little; whimpers:: It hurts too much.. ::she shakes her head:: 

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::reaches out to hug her, silently::

maeveowens: MV: ::a few seconds tick by then finally the sobs start, gut wrenching hopeless ones. She buries her face against his shoulder, shaking::

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::just stands strong for her, tears coming to his own eyes; he pats her back a couple times, uselessly::

maeveowens: MV: ::it seems just as they taper off they pick up again then weakly:: I killed him.. the what if happened Toby... 

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::quickly::  You didn't kill him, Maeve!

maeveowens: MV: ::she pulls away and then pounds a weak fist against his shoulder in frustration:: Yes I did! I should have walked away! He left because... ::she shakes her head, cringing::

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::quietly::  Even if you had a fight, I'm sure it was all an accident.

maeveowens: MV: :she shakes her head:: No! It wasn't even that I was just in too much trouble! If I had been different... if that lousy dream hadn't happened! ::she leans back against him, crying more::

yarnkittymon: TY:  ::shudders at that, thinking of all that dream cost him, too::

maeveowens: MV: ::she stands there for a while, sobbing in to his shoulder::

quantumcatz: : ::back at the house, Mr Worthers has excused himself, not wanting to intrude on their grief::

yarnkittymon: :  ::if Dolly will let him, Josh is curled up against her like a little boy, crying his eyes out::

maeveowens: DK: ::she hasn't let him leave her. She's clinging just as tightly to him, sobbing to, though she's trying to comfort him as well::

maeveowens: LA: ::she's watching them, hopelessly. There's tears in her eyes as well. She's mostly listening out for Olivia and watching the door for Eli::

quantumcatz: EK: ::despite his insistence that Maeve come home, he hesitated to go back there alone, not wanting to tell them what Guy said. He finally comes in the front door, he looks pale but he hasn't cried::

maeveowens: DK: ::she looks up but she wasn't hopeful to begin with. She sniffs and just hugs Josh tighter::

maeveowens: LA: ::she comes toward him, unsure of what he needs just yet; softly:: Eli? ::she reaches out to touch him::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::looks up when he hears Leyla say Eli's name; shudders, closing his eyes, as if that would make everything better::

quantumcatz: EK: ::looks over at his brother and sister, wincing; he squeezes Leyla's hand for a moment, but then he lets go and moves towards Dolly and Josh::

maeveowens: LA: ::she's swallows hard, feeling horribly out of place and unsure of where to put herself::

maeveowens: DK: ::cries a bit harder as she reaches up for Eli to come join their little pile::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::reaches out to wipe his own eyes and tries to sit up a little straighter, looking up at his brother::

quantumcatz: EK: ::reaches for Dolly's hand, but sits down on the floor, leaning against her leg, rather than next to them; softly:: Guy couldn't find him.  That's where Maeve went

maeveowens: DK: ::she shakes her head, and looks away; weakly:: I can't believe... ::she shakes her head again::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::softly::  He...wouldn't want us to cry.

quantumcatz: EK: She went to find Becky...she's still hoping she can fix it all

maeveowens: DK: ::she cringes:: Fix it how?

quantumcatz: EK: ::shrugs:: Whatever she's thinking, it isn't going to happen

maeveowens: DK: ::she shudders, and looks away::

quantumcatz: EK: ::leans his head against Dolly's leg, just staring ahead, not really focussing on anything::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::looks down miserably, reaching out to squeeze Dolly's hand; softly::  Is Maeve OK?  Does she need us?

quantumcatz: EK: ::murmurs:: Toby's with her

maeveowens: DK: ::she squeezes back::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::nods; quietly::  I...might be able to get a job next year, if I work hard enough.

quantumcatz: EK: ::softly:: We'll worry about that stuff later

maeveowens: LA: ::is sick of standing off to the side feeling useless so she comes over to stand behind Eli and puts her hands on his shoulders::

yarnkittymon: :  ::after a couple minutes, they hear Olivia cry::

maeveowens: LA: ::she pulls away; softly:: I can get her... 

quantumcatz: EK: ::murmurs:: She isn't going to remember him

maeveowens: LA: ::she cringes; weakly:: Yeah.. I know... but we can help her. ::she moves towards the stairs::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::blinks back a couple tears; quickly::  We'll tell her all about him, then!  We have photos, and everyone in town loves him!

maeveowens: DK: ::she swallows hard but can't keep her tears from flowing:: 

yarnkittymon: OL:  ::is still crying::

maeveowens: LA: ::goes in and picks her up, rocking her::

quantumcatz: EK: ::still just stares ahead, thinking that a million photos would never be as good as just having him there::

yarnkittymon: OL:  ::continues to fuss::

maeveowens: DK: ::weakly:: At least she has two uncles to...love her. It wont replace a father... but at least... ::she sniffs::

maeveowens: MV: ::she stops in front of the door, hesitating to go in:::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::nods, knowing what it's like to grow up without a father::

quantumcatz: EK: ::sighs, closing his eyes::

maeveowens: LA: ::keeps rocking Olivia::

yarnkittymon: :  ::the baby is still fussing and crying::

maeveowens: MV: ::she nods at Toby, the only way for her to say "thanks" at the moment, then reluctantly goes in to the house. She's still pale, and her eyes are red and puffy from crying::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::looks up at Maeve, flinching; his eyes are just as puffy.  He wants her to come over and hug the rest of them, but doesn't know how to ask::

maeveowens: MV: ::she doesn't know how the other ones would react to her sitting down with them, and her eyes do stray up to the stairs where she can hear Olivia fussing::

quantumcatz: EK: ::opens his eyes again; softly:: Leyla's with her

maeveowens: MV: ::she swallows hard, but is unable to even look at Eli. Numbly, she sits down with the rest of them::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::reaches out for Maeve, unhappily::

maeveowens: MV: ::she thought she'd cried herself out in the forest but as soon as Josh reaches for her, more tears well up and spill. She leans in to him::

yarnkittymon: :  ::there's a knock on the door::

maeveowens: MV: ::her heart clenches and she looks up and then has to scold herself for even hoping. She leans back against Josh, crying more::

quantumcatz: EK: ::stands up:: I'll go ::moves to the front door and opens it::

maeveowens: DK: ::tearing up again herself she leans towards the other two, wanting to be held as well::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::puts his other arm around Dolly::

yarnkittymon: :  ::there's a woman standing in the doorway, supporting a man who's bent over and coughing terribly; the woman murmurs::  We're looking for Isaac Kindall?

maeveowens: MV: ::she shudders and presses herself tighter against Josh::

quantumcatz: EK: ::winces:: He's not here

yarnkittymon: :  ::the woman nods::  Do you know when he'll be back?

quantumcatz: EK: He won't be. He...he died ::he struggles to say the last word and has to fight the urge to slam the door in their faces::

yarnkittymon: :  ::the woman's eyes go wide, and she doesn't have any idea what to say, not even knowing that Eli's a family member and not a co-worker; softly::  I...I'm...sorry...the advertisement said...

quantumcatz: EK: Well, he's gone, okay? He can't help you!

yarnkittymon: :  ::the man looks up at Eli for a moment, and then moves to try to get his wife to move out of the way::

quantumcatz: EK: ::turns to go back into the house::

maeveowens: MV: ::she can't stand listening to Olivia anymore so she pulls away from Josh and turns towards the stairs. She feels so weak she isn't sure she'll make it but she doesn't care::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::felt ill through the entire conversation::

quantumcatz: EK: ::once the door's closed, he just leans against it and slides down to the floor::

maeveowens: DK: ::looks as ill as Josh feels. Sbe's staring numbly at his picture up on the table:: 

maeveowens: LA: ::when Maeve comes in she quickly hands Olivia off and goes back downstairs::

yarnkittymon: OL:  ::still cries even when she's in Maeve's arms; Maeve might be able to tell from the sound that she needs changed::

maeveowens: MV: ::she cringes, feeling guilty, which just bring out more tears. She takes her over to take care of the dirty diaper:: 

quantumcatz: EK: ::looks up at Leyla as she comes down the stairs; his hands are shaking, though he clenches them to try and hide it::

yarnkittymon: OL:  ::does calm down quite a bit when a clean diaper is on her::

maeveowens: LA: ::she looks sadly at Eli and walks over to sit beside him, silently::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::shivering, tries to pull himself free of Dolly; whispers::  Someone needs to...needs to tell the mayor...he'll tell everyone...

maeveowens: MV: ::she can barely see to change her through the tears but once she's done, she picks her back up to carry her over to the bed where she lays them both down, spooning around her protectively.:: 

quantumcatz: EK: ::leans against her without a word::

maeveowens: LA: ::puts her arms around him::

maeveowens: DK; ::reluctantly lets go::

 yarnkittymon: OL:  ::seems a little puzzled, and doesn't smile, but stays calm enough::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::looks at Dolly, wiping his eyes again; whispers::  I'll be back soon.  ::takes a weak breath and heads to the door::

maeveowens: MV: ::just keeps watching her, occasionally pulling her close to hug her, and crying a lot::

quantumcatz: EK: ::softly:: I don't want him to be gone

maeveowens: LA: ::weakly:: None of us do... ::tightens her hold on him::

quantumcatz: EK: Shouldn't have let him go

maeveowens: LA: ::softly:: Don't go there Eli. None of us could have known...

quantumcatz: EK: If I said i was running off for a few days on my own, no one would have let me go.  Why did we let him?

maeveowens: LA: For one thing, no one could have stopped you. Same as him. It was something he thought he had to do... 

quantumcatz: EK: ::sighs, knowing that he's just going to end up going round in circles if he keeps going like this:: 

maeveowens: LA: ::she rubs her hand down his arm, the only thing left she can think to do::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::comes back a few minutes later, forgetting the front door is blocked and trying it anyway::

maeveowens: LA: ::jerks back in surprise when the door moves::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::softly::  I can go around.

maeveowens: LA: ::she just looks at Eli worriedly::

quantumcatz: EK: ::for a moment, he's suddenly tempted just to turn into an animal and run and hide and she can maybe see it in his eyes, but then he stands up and holds out his hand for her:: It's okay, we're moving

maeveowens: LA: ::she had held her breath but she lets it out now when he holds his hand out for her. She stands up::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::slips in once the way is clear; he has a slip of paper in his hand; quietly::  He's...telling the guards.  He told us not to...worry about money.

maeveowens: LA: ::she nods; softly:: That's nice of him.

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::sits down next to Dolly again, dropping his check; softly::  Is Maeve okay?

maeveowens: DK: ::softly:: I haven't checked. I haven't heard any screaming.

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::shudders, and after a few moments, goes up to check::

maeveowens: MV: ::she's still curled around Olivia, crying silently::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::doesn't have anything to say to make it better, so when he sees she's moving, he heads back downstairs::

yarnkittymon: :  ::a few minutes later, there's a knock on the door again::

maeveowens: LA: ::she cringes, wondering who it'll be this time. She's hesitant to open it:: 

quantumcatz: EK: ::snarls:: I swear, if that's someone else looking for Isaac...

maeveowens: DK: ::she cringes and looks away::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::is next to Dolly; softly::  I can get it if you want.

quantumcatz: EK ::shakes his head and stands up, opening the door::

yarnkittymon: :  ::Harry is standing there, bare-headed, holding a cake from the bakery; softly::  I just heard...

maeveowens: LA: ::her eyes widen and then she cringes, shaking her head::

quantumcatz: EK: ::snarls:: We don't want you here ::moves to close the door::

yarnkittymon: HR:  ::tries to literally get his foot in the door::  I just want to be sure Maeve's all right.

quantumcatz: EK: ::tenses and then swings the door open so quickly it slams against the wall; takes a step towards Harry:: I said we don't want you here

maeveowens: LA: ::she jumps and then tries to lay a hand on Eli's arm:: Eli... he's just bringing a cake...

yarnkittymon: HR:  ::cringes, but doesn't step back::  She's a friend of mine, Eli.

quantumcatz: EK: ::snarls:: I heard you weren't acting much like a *friend* towards her back in that dream world

maeveowens: LA: ::weakly:: Harry maybe I should just take the cake...

yarnkittymon: HR:  ::blinks::  Eli...we all did things we didn't mean...::gladly hands the cake over::

maeveowens: DK: ::she's watching, wide eyed::

maeveowens: LA: ::takes the cake and sets it down on the table, looking a little relieved that she at least wont be cleaning that up:: 

quantumcatz: EK: ::snarls:: Well that thing you didn't mean was part of the reason he left and don't you think i'll ever forget it

maeveowens: DK: ::softly:: What is he talking about?

yarnkittymon: HR:  ::is quiet for a while; then, softly::  Well, Stephanie forgave me, and I did a lot more against her than I did against a man I didn't even remember.

quantumcatz: EK: I couldn't care less who forgives you.  My brother's still dead

yarnkittymon: HR:  And I'm sorry for that.  I just wanted to check on my friend.

maeveowens: LA: ::softly:: We'll tell her you came by Harry... she's up with Olivia right now.

quantumcatz: EK: ::grimaces and reaches for the door to close it again::

yarnkittymon: HR:  ::finally steps back, looking even more upset than when he came::

maeveowens: LA: ::she looks away, not completely able to feel sorry for him::

quantumcatz: EK: ::slams the door closed and goes back into the living room::

maeveowens: DK; ::still staring at the two, wondering what that was all about::

quantumcatz: EK: ::sits down, not inclined to explain it::

maeveowens: LA: ::she isn't about to drag it all out either. She goes to sit down next to him::

yarnkittymon: JH:  ::didn't understand, and doesn't honestly care to; just sits there, leaning against Dolly, all cried out for now::

maeveowens: DK: ::she lets it go and puts her arm around her brother::

yarnkittymon: TY: ::doesn't come home until fairly late that evening::

Quantum Catz: BM: ::is moving around rather noisily upstairs::
yarnkittymon: TY: ::closes the door quietly and heads to the kitchen; hesitates, then goes upstairs, not feeling very hungry anyway::

Quantum Catz: BM: ::has made a mess of their bedroom, a suitcase lying open on the bed with a mix of hers and Ben's things lying half in it, as if she's been throwing stuff in and out of it::
yarnkittymon: TY: ::eyes go wide:: Becky!

Quantum Catz: BM: ::turns to look at him, her own eyes red from crying, though there aren't any tears now:: I'm going to the orphanage
yarnkittymon: TY: ::just stares at her, struck speechless::

Quantum Catz: BM: You knew I was going to say 'no' when you brought Maeve to see me. All you did was make it even harder on her
yarnkittymon: TY: She would've come to see you anyway! And--if there's anyone you should've made an exception for, it's him!

Quantum Catz: BM: I don't make exceptions! You could have told her I'd say 'no'! Instead you tried to help her change my mind! ::starts packing again, she'd been feeling uncertain as she packed but her anger makes her determined again::
yarnkittymon: TY: You could've done *something*! Offered to take a letter back to him or something!

Quantum Catz: BM: ::sharply:: We've been through this argument before, maybe you should remember where it got you last time before you keep going
yarnkittymon: TY: ::looks at Becky fiercely:: And what were you doing with Ben's things?

Quantum Catz: BM: I'm taking him with me! I'll bring him to see you tomorrow
yarnkittymon: TY: You are *not* taking him! I can't trust you to come back!

Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks up at him, more hurt than he probably even realises, looks down again, still packing; rather wryly:: I love you too
yarnkittymon: TY: He's my son too. You don't want to go to court over him.

Quantum Catz: BM: If I wanted to take your son away from you I'd already be gone! I just wanted to get away before either of us hurts each other any more...but you seem to be doing a good job of keeping it going
yarnkittymon: TY: ::in a low voice:: What do you want me to do? Pretend that you're the one who's right?

Quantum Catz: BM: You could care about how I feel! But i guess that only matters to you when it suits you
yarnkittymon: TY: ::coldly:: He was a better person than any of us. I would've died for him.

Quantum Catz: BM: I *know* he was!
yarnkittymon: TY: ::turns away; quietly:: They'll need me here. I won't follow you.

Quantum Catz: BM: ::hesitates and then says softly:: Toby...
yarnkittymon: TY: ::looks back at her, his eyes still a little cold; quietly:: What?

Quantum Catz: BM: ::doesn't look at him as she closes the suitcase:: I couldn't do it anyway. I...haven't been able to go backwards in time since I had Ben

yarnkittymon: TY: ::frowns; softly:: Becky...

Quantum Catz: BM: I didn't tell you because the optimist in me didn't think you'd ever ask
yarnkittymon: TY: ::in a low voice:: The optimist in me was hoping you'd change your mind.

Quantum Catz: BM: Yeah, well, i guess we've never agreed
yarnkittymon: TY: And I guess it doesn't matter now. Why didn't you tell Maeve?

Quantum Catz: BM: It makes no difference anyway - Isaac's still dead whatever she thinks
yarnkittymon: TY: But what's the sense in making her hate you for it?

Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks up at him:: Would I have done it even if i could? I'd be lying if I hid behind whatever's happened to me
yarnkittymon: TY: She just lost her husband. A little lie would be okay.

Quantum Catz: BM: Well it isn't up to you what i say to Maeve
yarnkittymon: TY: ::after a pause; quietly:: You shouldn't leave, Becky.

Quantum Catz: BM: What i told you doesn't make any difference ::glares at him:: You already made your feelings clear when you said you didn't trust me not to run away with Ben
yarnkittymon: TY: ::shakes his head:: You left for *how* long before, you dreamt you had me killed...forgive me for not trusting you with our son.

Quantum Catz: BM: I promised I would never leave like that again! And what happened in there...we weren't the same people in there!

yarnkittymon: TY: ::folds his arms and turns away; quietly:: Do what you're going to do. You always have.

Quantum Catz: BM: Well so have you!
yarnkittymon: TY: I never threatened to steal our son away.

Quantum Catz: BM: I'm taking him to the orphanage for the night!
yarnkittymon: TY: Then go, if you're going to.

Quantum Catz: BM: ::mutters:: Fine. I'll bring Ben back here tomorrow ::she's left Ben sleeping in another room and is rather grateful he's yet to wake up from the yelling, but instead of moving to get him she just teleports with the suitcase::
yarnkittymon: TY: ::stands there glaring at the space she was in for a few moments, before going to look for his son::

Quantum Catz: BM: ::simply teleported away with Ben as soon as she reached him, so Toby doesn't find him when he looks::

yarnkittymon: TY: ::when he finds that Ben's gone, he punches a hole in the nearest doorframe and storms downstairs::

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