~Thursday, February 11, 1937~
Maeve: MV: ::after securing her horse in town, and trying to keep as low of a profile as possible, she's lurking through the forest on the outskirts of Hollowbourgh. Her movements are slow since she'd prefer to sneak up on her prey rather than the other way around::
Quantum Catz: : ::she hears a movement up ahead of her, though she can't see what it is::
Maeve: MV: ::she pauses briefly then ducks behind a tree to spy on whatever moved up ahead::
Quantum Catz: : ::the man she's looking for is kneeling in front of a row of plants, touching their petals lightly with his fingers::
Maeve: MV: ::she sneers at his turned back. Her palm opens as a flame erupts, forming a decent sized fireball:: I told you this wasn't over. Though you could make things easier on the both of us by just handing over the cure and maybe I'll let you live.
Quantum Catz: : ::stands up and turns around:: Aw, you really came looking for me. I'm touched. ::the grass near maeve's feet starts to grow just a little::
Maeve: MV: ::she steps away and brings her arm back, ready to launch the fireball:: Don't be. Now tell me. How do I cure Leyla?
Quantum Catz: : Now, why on earth would i want to cure the girl?
Maeve: MV: ::snaps:: Because if you don't you're going to be kindling and this whole forest will likely go up in smoke with you in it!
Quantum Catz: : If you burned this forest, maybe the whole town would burn too - that would be handy
Maeve: MV: Details that I don't feel like considering right now. But the longer you stall the more I'm tempted to just start with your little plants. :the fireball gets a little bigger::
Quantum Catz: : Burn the plants - they're just tools and i have plenty here. All around you. ::the tree nearest to maeve shakes and several leaves fall towards her::
Maeve: MV: :;she bats them away with her other hand.:: How do I cure her! ::she takes a step closer::
Quantum Catz: : Burn me! See if pain makes me answer you - I dare you
Maeve: MV: ::she scowls at him then tosses the fireball right at him::
Quantum Catz: : ::at the last minute, he ducks to avoid it, using the same vines as before to try and knock it away; it grazes his lower arm and hand as he raises it to protect himself and his skin bubbles and blisters; the fireball itself continues past and strikes a tree::
Maeve: MV: ::she cringes when it hits a tree but turns her cold gaze back to him:: Now that I'd say was your fault. ::she comes at him, aiming to jump on his back and get an arm around his neck::
Quantum Catz: : ::the vines were burned through where they touched the fireball but what's left of them strikes at Maeve as the man tries to get to his feet::
Maeve: MV: ::she yelps as they hit her but she continues towards him, using flames to fight the vines off::
Quantum Catz: : ::once the vines are burned away, she can reach the man but the plants at her feet start to try and trip her up::
Maeve: MV: ::she lunges for him and just manages to grab at his arms as the vines trip her. She lets her hands heat up; desperately:: Tell me or I can make this slow and painful!
Quantum Catz: : The thing is, you live in the same town as the most powerful plant person i know. If she were here, none of them would listen to me. If there were a cure, she would know it by now. So i made sure there wasn't. I'm pretty impressed the girl lived this long - she must be in terrible pain
Maeve: MV: ::she tries to burn his arm:: You're not only killing her. You're killing my daughter too! And I don't believe there's not a cure! How did you make it?
Quantum Catz: : ::cries out as she makes the already burned arm worse and tries to grab onto her ankles with more plants, pulling her away from him:: There are hundreds of plants in this forest alone that could kill you with no cure if i gave you the right amount!
Maeve: MV: ::the plants yank her away and she hits the ground, hard. yelping in pain:: I'm only interested in the one that can cure Leyla. You know how it feels to lose a daughter! You're no worse than the man you hunt if you let her die. ::she twists around to burn the vines away from her ankles::
Quantum Catz: : I never said i wasn't as bad - i care for who i care for and the rest of you can go die right now for all i care
Maeve: MV: ::she gets back to her feet, holding another fireball:: Where is the cure!
Quantum Catz: : There is no cure, you idiot! I bet Eli realises that or he'd be right here with you ripping my throat out!
Maeve: MV: ::tears start to spill over. Frustrated, she lets the fireball sail towards him:: Then you might as well die!
Quantum Catz: : Maybe you should too! ::tree roots rip up out of the earth, shaking the ground beneath maeve's feet as he jumps out of the way of the fireball::
Maeve: MV: ::she trips, and falls, scraping her legs up. She quickly scrambles away from the roots:: Do you think I care? It doesn't matter anymore.
Quantum Catz: : ::the tree roots move towards her, trying to strike her legs; the man fell to the ground while avoiding the fireball, wincing at the pain from his burnt arm; the tree behind him is burning; mutters:: Aw, the killer's sad about her life. We all die alone - get over it
Maeve: MV: ::she holds out another fireball, trying to protect herself from the roots::
Quantum Catz: : ::the roots are slowed by the flames but they're stronger than the vines or plants so they take more to stop::
Maeve: MV: ::she makes a bigger flame as she tries to get up and get out of the way::
Quantum Catz: : ::manages to get to his feet, holding his arm close to him:: In this town are the husband and son of the woman you killed. I wonder how the poor boy would react if he knew you were here - his mother's murderer
Maeve: MV: ::she cringes:: Shut up. That was self-defense! *That* was different! ::she wipes at the tears blinding her vision and throws a few more sparks at the vines coming at her::
Quantum Catz: : In the eyes of a child, it makes no difference. Fact is, we're all monsters - we just hate to admit it ::starts trying to grab at her feet again with the plants::
Maeve: MV: ::she throws a fireball back at the roots then turns on him; coldly:: I don't believe you. There has to be a plant here somewhere that can help Leyla if not cure her!
Quantum Catz: : Try them. Maybe one will work.
Maeve: MV: ::she narrows her eyes at him and then her shoulders sag and she turns away:: Right. For all I know they'd just finish her off.
Quantum Catz: : She should be finished by now anyway. Would take a miracle to fix what the poison's done to her insides. Good thing he's dead
Maeve: MV: ::she curses at him and then lunges for him, ready to burn him alive;:
Quantum Catz: : ::as she gets nearer he pulls out a knife and slashes at her stomach:
Maeve: MV: ::her eyes widen and she puts a hand down, enflamed, and tries to grab his wrist to stop it::
Quantum Catz: : ::cries out but doesn't let go of the knife, trying to pull his arm towards somewhere his knife can cut her::
Maeve: MV: ::she twists his wrist, making the flames hotter, while she makes sure to stay away from the knife:: Drop it!
Quantum Catz: : Why shoud I? If you're going to kill me, i'm taking you with me
Maeve: MV: ::angrily, she brings her free hand up and tries to burn his face:: It might not be a cure but it's a place to start!
Quantum Catz: : There is no cure ::tries to attack her with his plants again::
Maeve: MV: Sorry but I'm not going to believe the word of a murderer. ::she reaches for the handle of the knife, trying to twist out of his grip while her other hand works to burn his wrist from his arm::
Quantum Catz: : ::the plants grab at her ankles, pulling roughly at her, and he says nothing::
Maeve: MV: ::she continues to burn him, hanging on to his hands despite the vines at her feet::
Quantum Catz: : ::the vines grow further up her legs, cutting into her skin::
Maeve: MV: Let go! ::she yells, cringing at the vines. With one hand, she reaches down to burn the vines::
Quantum Catz: : You let go! ::the vines she burns are replaced by more::
Maeve: MV: ::she yells in pain again then reaches up with another fireball, aiming to burn his face::
Quantum Catz: : ::the tree roots rise up again, shaking the ground beneath both their feet::
Maeve: MV: ::she holds on to him just to keep from falling and then reaches for the knife again, trying to pry it from his burnt hand::
Quantum Catz: : ::the knife falls from his hand; softly:: You won't save Leyla. I got what i wanted. I win
Maeve: MV: ::she puts a hand over her nose to keep the smell of burnt flesh at bay; coldy:: But at least you'll live with scars! ::she grabs the knife and moves away::
Quantum Catz: : ::is shaking and pale from shock, his arm's almost been burnt away and he doesn't move when she does; he tries to hit her with a tree root::
Maeve: MV: ::the tree root smacks her in the shoulder, and she cries out in pain but doesn't drop the knife. She moves away:: Looks like I got what I wanted to. ::she keeps backing up:: Quantum Catz: : I still win ::he looks upwards and suddenly the upper branches of three trees explode upwards:: Guards'll be coming. Dangerous freaks fighting each other. Burning the forest. Can't have that
Maeve: MV: ::she frowns, feeling a slight twinge of nervousness:: Then I guess this is goodbye. Maybe we'll meet again. ::she moves away::
Quantum Catz: : ::strikes at her with a root one last time, aiming to injure her leg enough that she can't run::
Maeve: MV: ::she hears it rustling and moves just enough for it take swipe her. She hits the Quantum Catz: : ::his eyes fall closed::
Maeve: MV: :;she uncurls herself slowly and turns her head to look at him. She holds her breath while she watches him, trying to see if he's still breathing::
Quantum Catz: : ::is still breathing but he's shaking and very pale::
Maeve: MV: ::she slowly lets the breath out and tries to move, groaning in pain. Her legs are covered in blood from the vines and the root::
Maeve: MV: ::she forces herself to move, not caring if the man burns with the rest of the forest. She hesitates then moves in the opposite direction of town, not wanting to get caught before she makes it home with the knife::
Maeve: MV: ::she does go back to grab her pack, but then takes off, not looking back::
Maeve: MV: ::she only walks for about half an hour, just reaching the edge of the forest, before she collapses in pain.::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::a few minutes later Becky appears, with Isaac at her side::
Maeve: MV: ::she looks up, squinting and then blinks, not sure what to make of the people standing a few feet away from her::
Quantum Catz: IS: Oh god, Maeve ::moves forward, kneeling in front of her, healing her without even thinking::
Maeve: MV: ::she almost pulls away but as he heals her she reaches for his face, still not quite believing he's in front of her; whispers:: Becky..how? I thought you couldn't... ::her eyes never leave him as she just drinks in the site of him leaning over her::
Quantum Catz: BM: I didn't. I just...brought him here to find you
Quantum Catz: IS: Maeve, what happened? Are you okay?
Maeve: MV: ::her fingers graze his neck and then tangle in his shirt. She sits up, still looking stunned but she's starting to smile; softy:: I am now...
Quantum Catz: IS: ::smiles back at her, stroking her cheek:: It's so good to see you again
Maeve: MV: ::her lip starts to tremble and then she kisses him, wrapping her arms around his neck tightly, just looking to get as close as possible::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::kisses her back, hugging her tightly::
Maeve: MV: ::she pulls back just enough to bury her face against his neck, crying. She shifts closer.:: Then...then just where..where the hell have you been?
Quantum Catz: IS: It's a long story. I came home as soon as i could
Maeve: MV: ::she sniffs, wiping at her eyes; softly:: You... sound like you've... been sick.
Quantum Catz: IS: I was...pretty badly hurt...but i'll be okay
Maeve: MV: ::she trembles and closes her eyes, unable to believe he's actually here, holding her again::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::tears spring to his eyes, he's so glad to be with her again after such a long time apart::
Maeve: MV: ::she finally looks up again, blinking:: Leyla and Livvy are okay then?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::nods:: Yeah. I'd have been here earlier but...healing Leyla wore me out
Maeve: MV: ::she tenses, turning very pale::
Quantum Catz: IS: What's wrong?
3:25:08 PM Maeve: MV: ::she shudders and more tears threaten to fall as she looks back him, wordlessly. Her hands tighten on him::
Quantum Catz: IS: Maeve, what is it?
3:28:39 PM Maeve: MV: ::she closes her eyes, still shaking; weakly:: I shouldn't have come here... I can't stay Isaac... ::she struggles to her feet, looking like she's about to be sick::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::softly:: I think there's someone coming
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looking pale:: What did you do?
Quantum Catz: : ::they can now hear voices coming closer::
Maeve: MV: ;:she looks back at him, miserably; whispers:: I'm so sorry... ::she shrugs helplessly, unable to say anything::
Quantum Catz: : There she is. The redhead!
Quantum Catz: IS: ::winces:: Is he dead?
Maeve: MV: ::she nods:: Probably... Isaac... ::she looks scared to death and quite frozen to the spot, having no idea how to get out of this one::
Quantum Catz: : ::the guard in front moves towards isaac:: Get out of the way, sir. We have to take her in for questioning
Quantum Catz: IS: Please...if he's still alive i can heal him
Maeve: MV: ::she looks as pale as a ghost and she takes just a half of a step behind Isaac, shaking::
Quantum Catz: : He died. Heart attack, i'd guess, after what she did to him
Maeve: ::Another one steps forward, brandishing a stick. He's wearing a smirk on his face::
Quantum Catz: IS: He attacked our family. They were dying
Maeve: ::The guard frowns:: Even so, she isn't wearing a uniform and she came after him. She needs to be brought in and that story checked.
Maeve: MV: ::she leans against Isaac's back, and he can feel her trembling.::
Quantum Catz: : If someone was in trouble, she should've come to us. Let us take her now, or you'll both be arrested
Maeve: ::The guard moves forward:: Step aside sir.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::hesitates, looking back at Maeve, uncertainly; he doesn't want to let the guards take her, but at the same time he knows that fighting them might well only make it worse::
Maeve: MV: ::she looks back at him, sadly, knowing this is it; whispers brokenly;: Please don't hate me... I'll live through this... as long you don't hate me.
Quantum Catz: IS: ::softly:: I could never hate you. I love you
Maeve: MV: ::she reaches for him, needing his arms around her again::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::hugs her:: It'll be okay. We'll work things out. We always do
Maeve: MV: ::she nods weakly, still shaking::
Maeve: : All right enough or I'm dragging all of you in
Quantum Catz: IS: I love you
Maeve: MV: ::she closes her eyes, grateful to hear those words again::
Quantum Catz: : Come on - a man's dead - we should just be dragging you away
Maeve: ::When Maeve doesn't move, he comes forward to roughly snatch her out of her husband's arms::
Quantum Catz: IS: She's coming with you, you don't have to hurt her
Maeve: MV: ::she cringes, and tries to fight the instinct to struggle. She looks back at Isaac, worriedly:: You're...your not leaving me. Are you?
Maeve:: : ::he doesn't listen to Isaac, just forces her arms behind her then slaps handcuffs on her::
Quantum Catz: IS: No. No, i'll come with you
Quantum Catz: BM: ::Softly:: I'll go home and tell the others what's happened
Maeve: : ::he hands Maeve off to his partner and reaches for her bag::
Maeve: MV: ::she cringes, looking sick::
Quantum Catz: : Let's get going
Maeve: : ::the guard pulls out the knife, smirking:: Looks like our girl did that other poor guy in as well.
Quantum Catz: : ::his grip tightens on Maeve's arm:: No one's seen his son since it happened - you know where he is?
Maeve: MV: ::she gasps, wincing:: No! I don't even know what you're talking about. I got the knife from him.
Maeve: : ::he puts the knife back in to the pack and goes to join his partner::
Quantum Catz: : Well, we'll find out the truth soon enough
Quantum Catz: IS: She wouldn't have stabbed someone for no reason. If she says she got the knife from the other guy then she did
Maeve: : ::mutters:: She's a murderer. I wouldn't put anything past her.
Maeve: MV: ::she struggles a bit, fearful they'll condemn her for two murders which she figures will certainly end in a hanging::
Quantum Catz: IS: She's not a murderer
Maeve: ::he turns back to look at Isaac, smirking:: Would you care to see the body?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::coldly:: This isn't something to smirk over. This is my wife you're accusing
Maeve: : ::he shrugs:: Doesn't change what she is and what she's done. We already know she's the one we're looking for.
Maeve: MV: ::she struggles again, pulling against the cuffs::
Quantum Catz: IS: Maeve, it'll be okay
Maeve: MV: ::she looks back, sadly.::
Maeve: : ::mutters:: At least we'll have something pretty to look at for a while. ::he smirks at his partner.:: Pretty, but deadly. If you like that kind of thing I guess.
Quantum Catz: IS: Leave her alone
Quantum Catz: : Not so deadly for long, i wouldn't think. Not after killing someone
Maeve: : ::murmurs something under his breath, eying Maeve for a moment, before looking away:: Well, we should at least get raises for solving this so fast.
Maeve: MV: ::she pulls up short:: You haven't solved anything ::turns to look at the guard holding her:: and before you condemn me to the gallows I sure as hell had better get a trial!
4Quantum Catz: : ::shrugs:: His arm was burnt right down to the bone, know many people who can do that?
Quantum Catz: IS: ::was about to say something to the rude guard but he pauses and winces at the other's words::
::the guards get Maeve to the jail without incident and spend quite a while hounding her in a private room::
Maeve: MV: ::she's shoved out of the interrogation room, still handcuffed and the guard's hand locked firmly around her upper arm. She's pale, and there are tears on her cheeks when she looks back at Isaac. She tries to move forward::
Quantum Catz: : ::tightens his grip on her arm:: We were nice enough to give you a chance for a goodbye. You are a murder suspect - you don't get to go play with your husband whenever you fancy it
Maeve: MV: ::she struggles, looking back at Isaac, just needing to feel him close to her once more:: Isaac....
Quantum Catz: IS: It's okay, Maeve, i'm right here
Maeve: : ::he steps out and closes the door:: And you might as well go home. She'll be here with us for a while. ::smiles smugly::
Maeve: MV: ::she digs in her heels, still looking at her husband::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::can't help but move forward a step, reaching out for her::
Maeve: MV: ::she moves towards him again, unable to accept separation so soon:: Isaac... I love you. ::she bites her lip to keep it from trembling::
Quantum Catz: IS: I love you too
Quantum Catz: : ::holds on tightly to maeve, stopping her from moving forward:: We;re taking you to the cells now
Maeve: MV: ::she cringes at the grip::
Maeve: : ::he steps in front of Isaac:: Go ahead and take her. I'll show her husband to the door. ::he smiles at Isaac again::
Quantum Catz: IS: ::looks like he wants to argue but then sighs:: I'll see you soon, Maeve,i promise
Maeve: MV: ::her heart just about breaks the farther she gets from him. She struggles again, not wanting to accept that she's losing him after just getting him back::
Quantum Catz: IS: I love you - i'm not going anywhere
Maeve: : Well you can't stay here. ::he reaches for Isaac's arm, intending to literally show him to the door::
Quantum Catz: IS: Would you like it if it was me trying to keep you away from your wife?
Maeve: : My wife didn't murder someone one. ::pulls him towards the door::
Quantum Catz: IS: I'll see you soon, Maeve, i promise ::moves towards the door, rather uncertainly::
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