~Thursday, March 11, 1937~

2:54:30 PM Quantum Catz: : ::in the time since having her power's removed, Libby seems to have only gotten worse rather than better and Jack has decided that he can't just sit and watch it anymore. He's gone in search of Tasha, hoping he can get Libby's pow

2:54:40 PM Quantum Catz: er returned without anyone knowing::

3:00:49 PM Maeve: : ::an older woman with a tired expression comes out of the cabin. She's got two daggers on either side of her belt and a rather frustrated expression.:: Who are you and what do you want?

3:08:21 PM Quantum Catz: JK: ::moves closer to the light:: I left my horse at Compton so people wouldn't know i came here

3:09:51 PM Maeve: : ::she squints then slowly comes down the steps.:: Well if it aint Jack. What brings you all the way out here in this freak of snowstorm? 

3:12:03 PM Quantum Catz: JK: Seen worse in New York ::the wilder flakes of snow seem to be missing him anyway:: I came to see Tasha - i heard you were here with her

3:13:20 PM Maeve: : ::she nods:: Yeah. We've been switching out guards every now and then. What do you need her for?

3:14:21 PM Quantum Catz: JK: 'S between me n her

3:15:29 PM Maeve: : ::she smirks:: Jack. This is the only job I got and as long as I'm guarding her...everything that concerns her concerns me.

3:16:36 PM Quantum Catz: JK: You know i ain't gonna hurt her

3:17:06 PM Maeve: : :I know that but that doesn't mean that what you came out here for doesn't mean trouble. 

3:20:24 PM Quantum Catz: JK: ::smirks:: Now, we all know i've gone straight, Beth.  

3:21:35 PM Maeve: : ::she shrugs:: Sure Jack. But they all seem to go back. ::she turns towards the door:: Come on, I'm tired of freezing my tail off.

3:22:22 PM Quantum Catz: JK: Sounds good t'me

3:23:38 PM Maeve: : ::she goes over to shake Tasha's shoulder:: Wake up honey, you have a visitor. 

3:24:27 PM Julie: TA:  ::rubs her eyes; groans::  Do we have to move *again*?

3:25:16 PM Maeve: : ::she winces:: Don't know hon. But Jack here has something important to say so I reckon we'd better listen. 

3:25:51 PM Julie: TA:  ::does a double-take, and starts to tremble; whispers::  I'm sorry, Mr. Richards...

3:26:34 PM Maeve: : ::she sits down on the bed and puts an arm around the girl.:: He's not here to hurt you Tasha. And even if he were, you know I wouldn't let him.

3:28:09 PM Quantum Catz: JK: ::sighs:: I know it ain't your fault, what happened

3:28:39 PM Julie: TA:  ::doesn't look at Jack::  So why are you here?

3:28:49 PM Maeve: : ::she frowns at Jack:: Ok. I get it. The two of you have had a run in. Now do you mind telling me what's going on?

3:29:25 PM Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks at Beth:: She took my wife's powers - i want her to give them back

3:29:38 PM Julie: TA:  ::winces, leaning against Beth::

3:30:10 PM Maeve: : ::she scowls at Jack and then wraps her arm tighter around the kid:: And why is it that your wife lost them in the first place?

3:31:39 PM Quantum Catz: JK: ::rather wryly:: She accidentally saved her friend from being hanged

3:32:57 PM Maeve: : ::she cringes:: Jack... we can't do that. I'd lose my job AND Tasha would be moved again as well as assigned a new guard.

3:33:26 PM Julie: TA:  ::nods; softly::  And they wouldn't let me visit my brother.

3:35:36 PM Quantum Catz: JK: Have you ever seen what you do to people? Have you watched them fade away in the weeks afterwards?  I ain't trying to make things hard for you - noone needs t'know she's got them back

3:36:14 PM Julie: TA:  ::her eyes go wide, and she buries her face against Beth's chest::  They...they make me...

3:37:15 PM Maeve: : ::she rocks the child:: Jack... you're upsetting her. None of this is her fault. I'm sorry your wife is depressed but she'll just have to get over it. 

3:38:10 PM Quantum Catz: JK: Did you lose your power when that guy used her over the radio?

3:41:06 PM Maeve: : ::she cringes:: Yeah Jack. But they weren't off all that long. 

3:41:42 PM Quantum Catz: JK: Yeah, well, Libby's are gone for the rest of her life if Tasha doesn't help me

3:42:44 PM Julie: TA:  ::swallows hard; looks up at Beth::  Maybe...if I'm summoned to Marquis again...

3:43:39 PM Quantum Catz: JK: I can give you money - hell, i can get you anything you want off the mainland. I ain't asking for charity

3:44:48 PM Maeve: : ::she shakes her head:: Jack... I'm not liking this. 

3:45:10 PM Julie: TA:  ::looks up at Jack; whispers::  Can you get me and my brother away from this?

3:45:47 PM Maeve: : ::she pales:: Tasha... you know that can't happen.

3:46:25 PM Quantum Catz: JK: Seems to me like the island would be a better place if it could

3:46:44 PM Julie: TA:  ::her voice breaks::  Miss Beth, he's all I have left and they only let me see him twice a month!

3:48:23 PM Maeve: : ::she runs a hand over the child's head:: I know sweety but I have myself to consider. I'd have to leave the island and I know nothing about the mainland. 

3:52:29 PM Quantum Catz: JK: If they leave...they wouldn't need to be guarded anymore...I could maybe find someone for them to stay with

3:52:55 PM Julie: TA:  ::looks at Beth hopefully::

3:53:30 PM Maeve: : ::she grunts:: Yeah Jack but what do you think they'll do to me when they find she's gone? Where am *I* going to go?

3:55:26 PM Quantum Catz: JK: ::smirks:: Get a few bruises and say someone took her from you. Yer just one person, Beth

3:56:27 PM Maeve: : :With the ability to blend into things. I could make this whole house blend into the forest. Are they really going to believe that? And even if they did, do you think they'd still keep me on?

3:57:04 PM Julie: TA:  ::looks up at Beth; whispers::  Maybe someone can take care of all of us.

3:58:50 PM Quantum Catz: JK: There're better jobs in the world than playing prison guard to people who ain't done anythin wrong

3:59:20 PM Maeve: : ::the frowns:: I'd only stand in the way of you finding a family. ::she looks up at Jack:: But not on this island. Not for me. And I know nothing of the mainland. 

4:01:33 PM Quantum Catz: JK: ::shrugs:: Then learn. I did the same when i came here

4:04:02 PM Julie: TA:  ::looks at Beth, then sighs, swallowing hard::  You won't let me go.

4:06:34 PM Maeve: : ::she cringes and gets up, pacing;: I don't know. It's not like I agree with how they're using you... 

4:14:45 PM Quantum Catz: JK: Would it really cost you that much to have to move?

4:15:16 PM Julie: TY:  Mr. Richards, can you help Miss Beth too?

4:15:54 PM Maeve: : ::she shrugs:: I don't know. Depends on what the mainland would be like. I don't think once they find Tasha gone that there'd be any hope for me here.

4:18:42 PM Quantum Catz: JK: ::shrugs:: I could probably find someone who could offer you a job over there. Whether you'd want t'be there's up t'you

4:20:09 PM Maeve: : ::she smirks:: I'm telling you if you go through with this I won't have a choice. And besides, how will you get the boy away without being caught?

4:21:23 PM Quantum Catz: JK: ::shrugs:: I'll think of something - i always do

4:22:49 PM Julie: TA:  ::looks at Beth::

4:23:31 PM Maeve: : ::Beth sighs:: All right. But it'll have to wait until morning. Tasha hasn't slept and she's not going out there in a blizard. 

4:24:13 PM Julie: TA:  ::gasps, smiling::

4:27:15 PM Quantum Catz: JK: Alright, no use rushing anyway

4:28:13 PM Maeve: : ::she pulls the covers back over Tasha:: You get back to sleep. ::she looks at Jack:: You're welcome to take the floor.

4:28:44 PM Julie: TA:  ::curls up, pressing her head into her pillow::

4:32:12 PM Quantum Catz: JK: ::nods:: Okay, thanks

4:47:10 PM Maeve: : ::Beth takes them on a two day journey north of Compton, near the west coast of the island. She camouflages Jack, Tasha and the horses into the forest around them while she heads onwards to the cabin.::

4:47:56 PM Julie: TA:  ::just waits for them to be caught::

4:58:09 PM Maeve: : ::Beth gets to the cabin and knocks on the door. Her eyes dart around, hoping no one else is watching:: 

4:58:36 PM Quantum Catz: JK: ::has been quiet while with them, worried for libby and concerned about making this work::

5:04:44 PM Julie: :  ::the guard, an older man, sits in the cabin, reading aloud to his charge::

5:04:59 PM Maeve: : ::listens for a moment then knocks louder::

5:06:32 PM Quantum Catz: JK: ::softly, to tasha while they wait:: Thank you...for helping me. I know i'm helping you too, but i'm grateful anyway

5:07:04 PM Maeve: : :It's me! Beth Swanson. I've got a letter here saying that I am your replacement. 

5:07:21 PM Julie: TA:  ::whispers::  Did people die because of me?

5:07:52 PM Julie: :  ::the man frowns, holding his hand out for the letter::

5:08:30 PM Maeve: : ::Beth reaches into her pocket and hands him two.:: The one that is opened is mine and the other one is your new assignment.

5:08:54 PM Julie: :  ::the man looks for the signatures and seals on Beth's letter first::

5:09:04 PM Quantum Catz: JK: ::hesitates:: I don't know. I can imagine...some people wouldn't take it well. But don't blame yourself - it was never up to you

5:09:04 PM Maeve: : ::the boy peeks out from under the bed:: Mister? Can I come out now?

5:09:41 PM Julie: :  ::the guard chuckles, motioning to the boy::

5:10:48 PM Maeve: : ::the little boy, nor more than six, crawls out from under the bed. He's got a mop of brown curly hair on his head and big blue eyes:: 

5:12:49 PM Julie: :  ::the guard checks the letters, frowning::  Unorthodox...

5:13:18 PM Maeve: : ::Beth frowns:: What's wrong? Where are they sending you?

5:14:58 PM Julie: :  ::the guard shakes his head::  That's not important.  I know you're usually with little Tasha.

5:15:33 PM Maeve: : ::Beth shrugs:: You know they've been switching us out more. Not wanting us to become attached. 

5:15:52 PM Maeve: : :Mister! Am I seeing my sister now?

5:16:42 PM Julie: :  ::the guard shakes his head, frowning::  Sam, Miss Swanson is here to watch you.

5:17:06 PM Maeve: : ::the little boys lower lip juts out:: Are we moving again?

5:17:20 PM Julie: :  ::shakes his head again::  No, kid.

5:17:47 PM Maeve: : ::Beth barely hides a wince:: Well, do you mind if I come in while you get your things packed?

5:18:45 PM Julie: :  ::the guard nods::  Yeah, all right, Beth.  ::goes to get his suitcase, which is half-packed::

5:19:06 PM Maeve: : ::She comes in and sits down.::

5:19:39 PM Maeve: : ::Sam turns to stare at her:: Do you read books to my sister? Will you read to me too?

5:19:47 PM Julie: :  ::a minute later, the guard finishes; looks down at Sam::  Be a good boy.  I'm sure you'll see Tasha soon.

5:20:14 PM Maeve: : ::she smiles weakly at the guard:: Good luck with that new assignment. 

5:20:26 PM Maeve: : ::the boy pouts:: 

5:20:54 PM Julie: :  ::nods::  Thanks, Beth.  ::tousles Sam's hair::  I'll see you later.

5:21:12 PM Maeve: : :By Mister!

5:21:33 PM Maeve: : ::She gets up and closes the door behind him then goes out to the window to watch him depart::

5:21:47 PM Julie: :  ::the man gets his horse from the small stable and goes off::

5:22:33 PM Maeve: : ::Beth turns back to the boy:: Come on, grab you things. ::she grabs his suitcase and opens it::

5:22:50 PM Maeve: : ::Sam's lip extends further:: Awe, I didn't think we were moving again. 

5:23:26 PM Maeve: ::Beth casts the boy a quick smile. Five minutes later she has him packed, and heading back out to Jack::

5:26:49 PM Julie: TA:  ::her heart pounds as she hears the two approach, hardly daring to hope::

5:27:01 PM Quantum Catz: JK: ::tenses, just in case it's not Beth:;

5:28:15 PM Maeve: : ::Beth comes around the corner, holding Sam's little hand. Sam looks a little worried himself, and is close to tears::

5:29:11 PM Julie: TA:  ::can't restrain herself::  Sammy!

5:29:34 PM Maeve: : ::Beth cringes and casts a glance around them::

5:30:02 PM Quantum Catz: JK: ::winces as well::

5:30:04 PM Maeve: : ::Sam's eyes widen when he sees his sister and he almost shouts as well until he remembers Beth's warning. His sorrowful gaze looks up at the older woman::

5:31:10 PM Maeve: : ::Beth sets the suitcase down then picks Sammy up. She places him on her horse:: The two of you can re-unite later. We should leave just in case someone else comes around.

5:31:42 PM Julie: TA:  ::can't restrain a grin anyway--it might all be worth it::

5:31:51 PM Maeve: : :Sam eyes his sister:: Tasha.. where they takin us? 

5:32:10 PM Julie: TA:  ::softly::  To Marquis, and then away.

5:32:27 PM Maeve: : ::Sam's eyes widen more:: Together?

5:33:11 PM Julie: TA:  ::nods, smiling, and trying to look brave::

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