~Monday, January 11, 1931~

YarnKittymon: : ::Libby and her friends have moved to Marquis, a new, developing, almost modern town about a days' journey south of Gate Town, three hours walk from the city of Kenston::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::is minding a small boutique that was briefly called "Libby's Freak Shoppe" before she changed it simply to "Libby's," for fear of offending the more sensitive; some people on the island seem to dislike being called "freaks," despite no one (except Becky and Toby) truly knowing what the future holds::
YarnKittymon: : ::it's evening, and Maeve hasn't showed up for her shift; Libby sets to work re-folding shirts, feeling a little anxious, even though it wouldn't be the first time Maeve's been late::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::approaches Libby's shop hesitantly; quietly:: If she's there she'll slap me in the face, if I'm lucky.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks at Donald and then shrugs:: Ain't no skin off my back if she does ::pushes open the door::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::sarcastically, but still affectionately:: Thanks a lot.
YarnKittymon: LB: ::looks up, a little startled at the rough-looking men coming in, even if the first one is sort of handsome:: Welcome to Libby's. How may I help you?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::grins at Libby:: Was looking for a firebrand called Maeve, actually
YarnKittymon: LB: ::raises her eyebrows:: Aren't we all.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::smile fades a little:: What d'you mean?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::takes a step back, narrowing her eyes:: I'm glad she's not here, I'll tell you that.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks a bit confused:: Why?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::after a moment, softly:: Because you look like you could find a lot of clothes to purchase here. ::edging towards the back door::
Quantum Catz: JK: You what? ::looks around at the clothes for a moment with a frown on his face, then takes a step towards Libby:: Look, lady, i just want to find his girl ::jerks his thumb at donald:: You know where she is or not?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::frowns, looking at Jack's companion; eyes widen:: Donald Quinn? How dare you set foot in my shop?
YarnKittymon: DL: ::quietly:: I'm sorry.
Quantum Catz: JK: Hey, what'd he ever do to you? Don's an alright guy, even if he is a bit of a romantic sap
YarnKittymon: LB: I'm certainly not telling you where she is, at any rate.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::shakes his head:: Women ::looks at Libby:: Look, he just wants to check she's alright
YarnKittymon: LB: ::looks at Jack furiously:: I don't know where she is myself!
Quantum Catz: JK: Well, why not? Should she be here? Is she at home? You know where she lives, right?
YarnKittymon: LB: She hasn't shown up for work.
YarnKittymon: DL: ::looks a little scared:: You don't think...
YarnKittymon: ((Would Maeve have read the letter? Libby would've offered it to her, though she wouldn't've put much stock in it))
Maeve Owens: ((maybe the second one))
Quantum Catz: JK: ::rubs at his nose:: Well is she the kinda girl to miss work or be late?
YarnKittymon: LB: Often enough.
YarnKittymon: DL: ::heads to the door:: Come on, Jack. We have to find her.
Maeve Owens: ((how late in the day is it anyway?))
YarnKittymon: ((Evening))
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks at Libby:: Don't suppose you'd like to give us her address?
YarnKittymon: LB: Certainly not, but I'll check myself.
Quantum Catz: JK: Well you'll have to put up with us then, lady, cos i went through a lot to get here to check on this girl
YarnKittymon: LB: ::goes to the back door and locks the deadbolt, then walks to the front door:: Get out, will you?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::heads out the door:: Name's Jack, by the way, case you're interested
YarnKittymon: LB: ::coldly:: Libby, like the store. ::when they're out, locks the front door too::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::sighs:: Look...i know you're a friend of Maeve n all, n Don prob'ly deserves what's coming to him but i ain't got nothing to do with that, n all we want to do is make sure she's alright
YarnKittymon: LB: ::frowns, looking at Jack, then Donald:: If either of you so much as touches her, *he's*--::motions to Donald::--going to wish he'd never been released from prison. All right?
YarnKittymon: DL: ::softly:: I won't say a word to her, I promise. We're wasting time.
YarnKittymon: LB: ::looks rather frustrated, but turns and walks towards Maeve's house, which isn't far at all from the boutique::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::follows after her, any thoughts of joking fading quickly in the face of the serious situation::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::reaches Maeve's house and bangs on the door:: Maeve! Are you in there? Wake up!
Maeve Owens: ::::theres no answer from inside, complete silence:::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::louder:: Maeve!
Maeve Owens: :::still no answer from the other side:::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::stands silently behind her, his expression blank::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::doesn't say anything either::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::looks around, a little panicked; suddenly pushes Libby aside and tries to bash the door down with his shoulder::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks tempted to help him but glances at Libby:: How likely is it that she coulda gone off somewhere?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::quietly:: She would've said something, unless I made her vanish...
Quantum Catz: JK: Unless you what?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::looks away, frowning:: Didn't Donald tell you *that* much?
YarnKittymon: DL: ::has no luck forcing the door open, and just pulls back, his shoulder bruised; takes off his coat::
Quantum Catz: JK: Well he spent half the time pining after his girl, didn't he? ::shakes his head and moves towards Donald:: Come on, i'd rather she had a broken door and safe than in danger, i'll help
YarnKittymon: DL: ::nods:: Easier than the window. ::puts his shoulder to the door again:: Come on, on three.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::leans against the door as well::
YarnKittymon: : ::they pull back and pound the door in unison, and it gives way::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::manages not to fall, and runs right inside, calling:: Maeve!
YarnKittymon: LB: ::follows, adjusting the collar of her coat unconsciously::
Maeve Owens: :::theres no answer:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::goes through all the rooms, desperately opening doors and still calling Maeve's name::
Maeve Owens: :::theres no lights on anywhere and the bedrooms are empty and untouched:::
YarnKittymon: ((Hmph; they got electricity in Marquis in 1930. Who knew?))
Quantum Catz: JK: ::follows after Donald in case Seth's around but once they've checked the house he says:: Don't think she's here, mate...
YarnKittymon: LB: ::switches on a light soberly:: What now?
YarnKittymon: DL: ::sinks down into a chair, pulling out the photographs Seth sent him:: Maybe he...took her from one of these places...
Maeve Owens: ::::once the lights are on they see a nice little arrangement of photos and newspaper clippings on the wall to the right of the door:::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::the arrangement catches his eye and he looks over at it::
Maeve Owens: :::theres four pictures of Maeve on it, and a few newspaper clippings of recent murders, which one would you like to view first?:::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::stands next to Jack to look at the arrangement; grabs Jack's arm when she sees the pictures of Maeve and the word 'Murder' in a headline::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::glances at Libby when she grabs his arm but then takes a step closer to read the headlines::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::remembers herself and lets go of Jack; goes forward too::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::sees the arrangement between Libby and Jack, but doesn't have the heart to get up and look::
Maeve Owens: ::each headline basically reads the same. Four women over the past four months have been found lying dead in a stranger's house. No connection between victims and homeowners. Each homeowner claims to be out of town at the time of the murder::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::murmurs, her voice trembling:: The monster...
Quantum Catz: JK: ::sighs:: Don't suppose you have anyway of finding out if anyone around's gone on holiday recently...
Maeve Owens: :::theres still a bunch of pictures addorning the wall:::
YarnKittymon: LB: The Malcombs left three days ago to visit Winesburg...
YarnKittymon: LB: ::looks at the pictures::
Maeve Owens: :::theres one of Maeve sleeping, one of her at a cafe, on of her at the shop, another one of her at the cafe and a collage of clippings:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::gets up, putting the pictures away; looks at the articles, frowning:: Where do they live?
YarnKittymon: LB: West of here, near the edge of town. It's...it's a nice place...
Quantum Catz: JK: ::smirks slightly altho there's no humour in it:: I'd say we shouldn't break in....but i really ain't the kinda person to care ::looks at Libby:: Gonna tell us exactly or are you gonna show us?
YarnKittymon: DL: ::goes to the door:: Don't. If she's...if it's too late, you two don't want to be suspects.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::shakes his head:: Don't be stupid, Don, i've come this far
YarnKittymon: LB: ::nods:: And if you broke into the wrong one it wouldn't do anyone any good. ::walks towards the door as well::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::follows them, adding:: It won't be too late and if they are there...i ain't lettin you deal with a rat like Seth on yer own
YarnKittymon: DL: ::leaves the house, silently::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::pauses a moment, to look back at the photographs one last time::
Maeve Owens: :::theres a collage houses in the center of the pictures. Libby would recognize hers, Becky's and Maeve. Theres another one there that she may or may not know:::
Maeve Owens: :::besides those, theres one of Maeve at Ralph and Rosies Cafe. The owner Rosie is serving her and theres another young woman sitting next to Maeve:::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::softly:: That's the Malcombs's. ::walks to the door quickly, her shoes clapping on the floorboards:: Come on.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::follows silently::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::quietly, walking down the street:: He wants to be found, doesn't he?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::softly:: Or he wants her to be found anyway
YarnKittymon: LB: ::glares back at the men:: Dry up; you're not helping. ::walks west, more quickly::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::follows silently::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::speeds up to catch up with Libby:: Hey, what d'you plan on doin, just bargin in there? At least me and Don could do something if he's there, instead of just backin up to the door
Maeve Owens: :::a few people may stop to stare at the unlikely group, but other than that nobody stops them::::
YarnKittymon: LB: Oh, what are *you* going to do?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::shrugs:: All i've got is my fists and some wits but sometimes they can be enough and i ain't going to let you go runnin in there if you can't protect yourself...which i'm assuming you can't since you didn't seem that determined to when you first saw me
YarnKittymon: LB: ::turns away; primly:: I was meaning to buy a crossbow.
Quantum Catz: JK: Weapons can cause more harm than good in the wrong hands...you should learn to look after yourself without them. How far away's this house?
YarnKittymon: LB: Just another block or so...the edge of town. ::nearly trips on a rock in the dirt road::
Maeve Owens: ((picking up on maeve clumsiness?))
YarnKittymon: ((Nah; she's just walking too fast and she's in heels, though not as high as heels today))
Quantum Catz: JK: ::automatically reaches out a hand to steady her:: Y'alright?
YarnKittymon: LB: Yes. Are you just going to barge in on him, then? What if you just make him more angry?
Quantum Catz: JK: He ain't angry...if he were angry she'd be dead. He's havin fun with this ::sighs::
Quantum Catz: ((and by that he means like *long* dead...))
YarnKittymon: LB: ::softly, looking ahead, motioning to a house a bit ahead; whispers:: That's it.
Maeve Owens: :::its a two story house, victorian style with a small front porch and a good sized yard:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::bows his head, closing his eyes for several seconds, before looking up::
Maeve Owens: ((why doesnt it ever occur to them to call the police?))
YarnKittymon: ((There's only a couple officers (called "guards" for no particular reason) in Marquis anyway))
Maeve Owens: ((ah... well thats not very safe like))
Quantum Catz: JK: ::glances at Donald:: I don't reckon we should just go runnin into this Don...all he needs is a knife to take her out before we can even say 'stop it, you bastard' n then it's all over
YarnKittymon: DL: ::nods, frowning; glances at Libby:: Maybe she should go for the police.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::shrugs:: Wouldn't trust the cops as far as i could throw them but it might be a good idea
Maeve Owens: :::they hear a faint scream come from the house, but its cut off way before it reaches a peak:::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks towards the house and curses under his breath::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::eyes widen; quickly:: I'll knock on the front door and try to distract him from...her. You two sneak around to the back.
Quantum Catz: JK: He'll know who you are though
YarnKittymon: LB: ::looks at Jack fiercely:: We don't have time to argue; it might be too late! ::walks towards the front door::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::mutters:: Bloody stubborn-headed woman ::grabs Donald's arm:: Come on
YarnKittymon: DL: ::hurries along with Jack::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::runs the rest of the way to the door and knocks on it rapidly::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::heads for the back door::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::runs towards the door, the only thought being to break it off his hinges::
Maeve Owens: :::theres a long pause before Seth opens the door. He recognizes Libby immediately and grins at her. He leans one hand against the doorframe, it has severl teeth marks on it::: What can I do for ya?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::without missing a beat:: Oh, my; you're not Mr. Malcomb. You're much more handsome.
Maeve Owens: SE: :::his smile widens::: Why thank you much little lady. Would you like to come in? I can garantee you that I'm even a better host. ::::he opens the door a little wider for her to come through:::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::shakes her head, smiling:: Oh, but I can't perform well outside of my own home...and you *do* like your women to give good performances, do you?
Maeve Owens: SE: :::a noise at the back catches his attention and his eyes narrow. He lunges for Libby, grabbing for her arm:::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::tries to dodge, stepping back a step::
Maeve Owens: SE: :::steps towards her more aggressively, still reaching out for her::: Arguably you werent suppose to show up until later, Ms. Williamson. Whose at the back eh?
Maeve Owens: :::the door of course doesn't budge:::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::cries out as Seth grabs her wrist; doesn't say a word::
Maeve Owens: SE: :::attempts to yank her into the house and closer to him::: The more you fight the harder you make it for yourself.
Quantum Catz: JK: Come on, you'd think you'd've learnt from last time ::moves to try and help donald push the door in::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::tries along with Jack::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::screams, for the benefit of any neighbors that may be around:: Get your hands off me, you filthy monster! Someone, help!
Maeve Owens: :::the gives in a little just as they hear Libby's scream from the front of the house:::
Maeve Owens: SE: :::pulls her roughly to him and into the house. He slams the door shut::: That wasn't very wise Lady, not if you want it to cost your life and hers. :::tries to restle her arm behind her, bringing up a knife to her throat::: I dont suppose you have any real connection to Donald now do ya? If so more the fun. :::grins:::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::mutters:: Idiot ::pushes harder at the door::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::weakly:: S...second cousins, twice removed. ::isn't strong enough to get her arm free, but continues to struggle vainly, despite the knife::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::pushes strongly as well::
Maeve Owens: SE: :::wrestles her up the stairs.::: Dont make me knock you out so soon.
Maeve Owens: :::the door finally gives way:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::runs inside, panicked; looks around::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::kicks and struggles; if one of her heeled shoes hit Seth's leg, it might hurt quite a bit::
Maeve Owens: :::finds himself in the garage:::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::heads for the front of the house, paying little attention to the surroundings::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::looks around when he sees Jack isn't there; he's not thinking quite straight, but makes his way to the front door too, murmuring something about this being the only bloody house in a bloody island without bloody cars with a bloody garage::
Maeve Owens: SE: :::one of her feet connects with his shin and he howls in pain, the knife digs slightly into her upper arm but he keeps walking them up the stairs:::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::keeps fighting:: What have you done to Maeve, you beast?
Maeve Owens: :::the staircase is directly in front of the door:::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::hears Libby's voice and slows, looking to the stairs::
Maeve Owens: SE: Dont worry your pretty head about her, you'll be finding out soon enough if you'd just stop struggling, then again your getting on my knerves :::attempts knock her out by hitting her over the head with the blunt side of the knife:::
Maeve Owens: ::::they've just assended the second flight and have just made it to the top level:::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::slowly moves for the stairs::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::drops unconscious with a small groan::
Maeve Owens: SE: :::lifts her up and carries her into a room to the left and throws her down on the bed next to Maeve. He picks up his camera and takes a picture::: We've got company.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::moves slowly up the stairs, trying not to make any noise::
Maeve Owens: MV: :::her eyes widen at the sight of Libby and she whimpers a little through the gag in her mouth:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::follows Jack closely, trying to stay just as quiet::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::doesn't move, though she's still breathing::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::is trying to work out what to do now that they're stuck with two hostages to worry about::
Maeve Owens: :::the stairs creak a little beneath their feet, and most definitely alerts the man upstairs:::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::winces at the oise::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::cringes, but doesn't say anything, thinking at least Seth might think there's just one of them there::
Maeve Owens: SE: :::hears the noise on the stairs and curses:::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::listens for any sounds when he reaches the top of the stairs, trying to work out what room Seth's in::
Maeve Owens: SE: :::he picks Libby back up and positions him in the corner nearest Maeve and watches the door, theres a grin on his face:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::looks around as well, silently, looking for any sign of recent entry into a room::
Maeve Owens: :::the door to the left is open:::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::hesitates::
Maeve Owens: SE: :::shouts from within the room::: Do come in, its not nice to linger in the hallway and keep two fine ladies waiting.
YarnKittymon: DL: ::yells back:: What do you want from me?
Maeve Owens: SE: Just to see the look on your face mate
YarnKittymon: DL: ::leans close to Jack; whispers:: Go back to the kitchen and get a knife.
Maeve Owens: SE: I'm suprised to hear from you Donald, I'd figure you'd still be locked up in the pin. Guess that explains why Miss. Williamson here made it a little early.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::murmurs:: Way ahead of you mate ::pulls out a large pen-knife and flips it open::
Maeve Owens: SE: Did you like my pictures? Funny thing is she wasn't even expecting it. Didn't you warn her Quinn?
YarnKittymon: DL: Come out and see me yourself, you coward...or would you rather just send me a photograph?
Maeve Owens: SE: I was planning on sending you lots more. But since you're already here, you might as well get a look at the real thing. Dont be shy.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::mutters:: Don't you have anything better to do with your time, Seth? Or are these the only kicks you can ever get involving women?
Maeve Owens: SE: ::he presses the knife harder against Libby's throat, despite the fact that they cant see him::: I can get pleanty of women Jack, I just prefer making other people's lives as miserable as my own. Now get in here or hostage number one wont live for very long.
YarnKittymon: DL: ::looks around the hallway for anything he might be able to use as a weapon:: We're coming, Seth; don't get off too quick.
Maeve Owens: SE: I enjoy taking my time Quinn, and i wouldnt advise on trying anything. Or your Maeve might be dying sooner than you think.
YarnKittymon: DL: ::rather suddenly, still in the hallway:: Maeve Owens, if you're awake, no matter what happens, I love you!
Quantum Catz: JK: ::folds the knife back again and puts it in his pocket, moving towards the doorway::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::shakes his head:: Now ain't the time for your Romeo and Juliet crap, Don
Maeve Owens: MV: :::she moans a little but probably not loud enought for him to hear:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::softly:: I just wanted her to know... ::walks to the doorway, his hands out in front of him::
Maeve Owens: ::::Seth is standing in the corner with Libby and he has a knife pressed to her throat. Maeve is sitting on the bed, both hands tied abover her head to the bed posts and a gag in her mouth. Shes been cut up and bruised pretty badly and looks to be pretty out of it:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::tries to replace the fear on his face with anger; softly:: You've seen me. Let them go.
Maeve Owens: SE: :::shakes his head::: Nope, sorry. No will do. You all kind of interrupted my party here before I got a chance to finish. Now I gotta figure out what to do with the two of you. :::looks down at Libby:::
Quantum Catz: JK: There's only so many ways this can end, Seth
YarnKittymon: DL: We called the cops before we left. They'll be here any minute. What do you say you run out of here an innocent man?
Maeve Owens: SE: :::shakes his head again:: Somehow I dont think you'd let me go that easily Quinn. Besides now that you're here, you can watch her die. :::grins:::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::coldly:: If they die, so do you
Maeve Owens: SE: :::looks over at Jack::: Ah, Jack, still not doing so well in keeping your cell buddy here from going off the deep end. Breaking out of prison Quinn? I didnt think you were the type.
YarnKittymon: DL: ::coldly:: I wanted to see the look on your face when we jam your own knife between your ribs.
Maeve Owens: SE: Tsk tsk, who says you'll get the chance Quinn? :::motions to the nightstand next to the bed, there some rope laying on it::: Jack, be a good boy and secure Quinn to the chair over there. And no sudden moves either mate.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::raises his eyebrows:: You're kiddin, right?
Maeve Owens: SE: Do I look like I am kidding? Cant have all of yous wonderin around free. Who knows when one of you might do something stupid.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::shoots a cold look at Seth, then moves towards the rope, glancing at Maeve as he does so::
Maeve Owens: MV: :::barely acknowledges their presence:::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::picks up the rope and turns to Donald::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::slowly sits down on the chair; puts his hands behind the chair, out a couple inches, hoping that if Jack ties him to the chair he'll still be able to loose his hands::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::kneels down to tie him, hoping that seth won't pay too much attention to the knots; mutters:: Has this never occurred to you that this maybe ain't the best way to fill yer time?
Maeve Owens: SE: Nice and tight now Jack, wouldn't want him to get lose. And if he does, I'll make sure your're the first one that goes. :::grins again and glances down at his hostage to see if she'd come to anymore.::: Fill my time?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::is still unconscious::
Quantum Catz: JK: Most people got hobbies that don't involve kidnappin or murder, is all i'm sayin
YarnKittymon: DL: ::suddenly jerks his shoulder upwards a bit:: Ow! Jack, be careful, will ya?
Maeve Owens: SE: Oh but its such a fun hobby, playing with others lives. :::smirks:::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::to Donald:: Sorry, mate ::glances at Seth:: I'd be careful, if i was you, or you might end up with someone tryin to play around with your life
Maeve Owens: SE: :::shrugs:: I'm never in one place for very long.
YarnKittymon: DL: ::watches Seth; Jack hadn't hurt him at all but he was hoping it'd make Seth think the knots were good and tight::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::groans softly::
Quantum Catz: JK: That wouldn't stop someone if they really had it in for you ::finishes the knots and stands up; he tried not to make them too tight; his eyes flicker to Libby wen she groans::
Maeve Owens: SE: :::glances down at Libby, moving his face closer to hers::: Welcome back little lady, you're just in time for the fun to begin.
YarnKittymon: LB: ::doesn't reply, but suddenly pulls her heel up behind her, aiming for Seth's groin, then pounding it back down on his foot--this is more than a little dangerous, what with the knife at her throat and all::
Maeve Owens: SE: :::he lets out a painful groan. The arm across Libby's chest drops and goes to protect himself, while he leans forward a bit. When she pounds down on his foot the knife goes downward at an angle, slicing her somewhat:::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::is still bleeding pretty badly; tries to squirm out of Seth's grasp::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::runs forward to try and fight the knife away while Seth's hurt::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::pulls at his ropes, getting his hands free; stands up, and tries to untie Maeve::
Maeve Owens: SE: :::spots swim before his eyes and he tries to keep his hands on Libby but isn't any match for the two of them:::
Maeve Owens: :::the ropes on Maeve are pretty tight, but with a little effort they should come free:::
Maeve Owens: MV: :::she moans a little, feeling someone over her:::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::gets free and falls to the ground; weakly tries to pull herself farther away, one hand on her chest, trying vainly to stop her bleeding::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::grabs Seth's wrist and twists it, trying to make him release his grip on the knife::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::softly touches one of Maeve's hands, then pulls at the ropes to free her:: It's me, Maeve. C'mon; give us some help...
Maeve Owens: SE: :::he releases his grip but his leg swings around to try and knock Jack off balance:::
Maeve Owens: MV: :::her eyes open a little to look up at Donald, but she must think she's dreaming cause she looks away again:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::gets Maeve's hands free, and gently presses his lips to the top of her head, then turns his attention back to his friend::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::looks back up at the fight, willing with all her considerably weakened strength that Seth would just disappear::
Maeve Owens: MV: :::her hands fall limply to her side but theres still a gag in her mouth:::
Maeve Owens: SE: :::he misses:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::picks up the chair he'd been bound to, walking a few steps closer to the fight, ready to bash Seth on the back of the head if the opportunity presents itself::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::weakly she brings her numb fingers up to the gag in her mouth and attempt to yank it free:::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::tries to knock Seth to the ground but the man's struggles prevent him::
Maeve Owens: SE: :::grabs for the knife again:::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::notices Donald and tries to pull Seth around so his back's to Donald::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::tries to kick the knife away from Seth's grasp::
Maeve Owens: SE: :::it knocks him off balance and he falls forward:::
Quantum Catz: ((into jack? into the wall?))
Quantum Catz: ((oto the floor? into donald?))
Maeve Owens: ((in the direction jack was pulling))
YarnKittymon: DL: ::aims the chair at Seth when he has anything resembling a clear shot, raises the chair over his head and down like a club, with all his strength::
Maeve Owens: SE: :::the chair hits him hard and slumps forward, out like a light:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::drops the chair, breathing hard; looks back down at Libby, who's hardly conscious, then back at Maeve::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::runs for libby and kneels on the ground, trying to see how injured she is:: You're a stubborn, hard-headed fool, you know that?
Maeve Owens: MV: :::still wrestling with the knot on the gag, her fingers not wanting to cooperate, her eyes cut downward to Libby, and they widen:::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::has a pretty good cut across her chest, still bleeding; just looks up at Jack, more dazed than anything else::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::takes off his coat again; hands it to Jack:: Try to stop the bleeding. ::looks back at Maeve, then down::
Quantum Catz: JK: :takes the coat and presses it to the cut:: She needs a doctor or something...she can't just stay here
YarnKittymon: DL: ::nods, going to untie Maeve's gag:: Can you carry her?
Quantum Catz: JK: Yeah...you know where the doctor is in this place?
YarnKittymon: DL: ::shakes his head:: Maeve?
Maeve Owens: MV: :::she doesn't respond, her eyes fixed on Libby but it looks like she's having a problem focussing:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::draws Maeve to him; softly:: Maeve, stay with me. We need to take you and Libby to the doctor. Do you know where he is?
Maeve Owens: MV: :::stiffens at his touch and cries out a little when his hands brush across one too many cuts and bruises:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::releases Maeve, only holding one of her arms to support her; softly:: Maeve, please.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looks at Seth:: We should do something with him too...
Maeve Owens: MV: :::licks her lips::: Donald? :::her throat is dry and scratchy and her voice probably sounds horse:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::nods; softly:: Let's tie him and call the police, once we're out of here. ::turns back to Maeve:: Maeve, we need to get you to a doctor. Please tell me where he is.
Maeve Owens: MV: :::frowns::: Dont know, ask Libby.
Quantum Catz: JK: Right, tie that bastard up, then we're going to the nearest neighbour...
YarnKittymon: DL: ::looks at Maeve for a moment, then goes to tie Seth up::
Maeve Owens: MV: :::softly::: Libby?
Maeve Owens: :::seth doesn't move, he's completely gone:::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::doesn't reply; she seems to be going into shock, and hasn't changed expressions since Jack got to her::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::lifts Libby's head slightly, to try and get her to focus on him as he moves to pick her up:: Stay with us, you ain't gettin to die - that rat don't deserve the satisfaction of it
YarnKittymon: DL: ::ties the ropes good and tight, hoping they'll stay tied::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::groans a little, focusing her eyes on Jack::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::goes back to Maeve; softly:: Do you think you can walk? Lean on me if you like, or I'll carry you.
Maeve Owens: MV: :::ignores him, trying to see whats going on with Libby:::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::grins at Libby:: Atta girl ::looks at Donald:: If Maeve ca't go quickly i'm leavin you guys behind and getting to the doctor as quickly as i can
YarnKittymon: DL: ::nods; quietly:: Come on, Maeve, if you want to stay with Miss Williamson.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::heads for the door::
Maeve Owens: MV: :::turns her head to look back up at Donald, her expression looks blank but she nods. Yet doesn't attempt to move:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::turns away from Jack; softly:: Maeve, are you all right?
Maeve Owens: MV: :::nods::: Libby?
YarnKittymon: DL: ::softly:: She'll be all right, I promise. Come on, Maeve.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::moves slowly down the stairs::
Maeve Owens: MV: :::moves to push herself off the bed with some degree of pain.:::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::remains on the verge of consciousness, and doesn't try to speak::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::holds out his hand to Maeve, if she'll take it:: Maeve, I'm so sorry for everything...
Maeve Owens: MV: :::goes to reach for his hand but her legs wont hold her and she crumples:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::grabs Maeve as she falls, kneeling to lift her, more awkwardly than Seth; he just about slings her over his shoulder::
Maeve Owens: MV: :::cries out again as he jostles some agrivated bruises and cuts:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::gets his balance; softly:: Sorry. I'm not trying to hurt you.
Maeve Owens: ((has he litterally thrown her over his shoulder? or is he holding her against his chest? just really high up?))
YarnKittymon: ((I think she probably is over his shoulder; better balance, but it's too late for me to look up the proper carry online.))
Maeve Owens: MV: :::his shoulder is digging into a certain cut and she bites her tongue to hold back the moan. Her vision swims from being upside down and she's close to blacking out:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::nearly loses his balance again, and sets Maeve down on the bed; picks her up again, cradling her in his arms; quietly:: Is this a little better?
Maeve Owens: MV: :::she winces a little but stays quiet. Her gaze shifts over to Seth and she shivers, looking away::::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::quietly:: Did he hurt you badly?
Maeve Owens: MV: :::stares down at his chest, not replying:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::goes down the hall and down the stairs, concentrating too intensely on not falling to attempt any further conversation::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::glances up at Donald::: You're early.
YarnKittymon: DL: ::grunts; softly:: Are you sure? I thought I'd arrived a few hours late.
Maeve Owens: MV: :::she lays her head against his chest and closes her eyes:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::softly:: I'm so happy you're alive, Maeve...even if you never want to see me again...I'm so glad...
Maeve Owens: MV: :::quietly::: dont got much of a choice.
YarnKittymon: : ::there's a rather pretty girl outside, looking pretty scared; she hails Donald as he comes out of the building and points them down the road, describing the doctor's office to them::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::nods gratefully and walks that way, wishing someone had offered him a horse::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::has already gone on ahead like he said he would, worried at Libby's bleeding::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::is walking along the street with Toby and nears them just before the doctors; pauses when she sees Maeve, looking pale::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::just about jumps when he sees Becky and Toby; can't think of anything to say to them::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::frowns, looking at Donald::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::runs forward:: Maeve, are you okay?
Maeve Owens: MV: :::she opens on eye to look at Becky; muttering softly::: Libby
YarnKittymon: TY: ::eyes widen, silently::
Quantum Catz: BM: Li-- ::hesitates for a moment and then glares at Donald:: Where's Libby? What happened?
YarnKittymon: DL: ::softly:: Maeve was kidnapped and Libby was hurt trying to rescue her. She should be at the doctor's now, if you want to see her.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks slightly torn:: Is Maeve okay?
YarnKittymon: DL: ::looking rather ashamed:: She's talking; that's more than I can say for Libby.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::turns and runs for the doctors without another word and without looking at Toby::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks back at Donald for a moment, then runs after Becky::
YarnKittymon: : ::the doctor's office is a plain stone building, very clean inside, with a stone floor; there's a waiting area in front with a wooden partition separating that from the examining room, which is where Libby likely is, and the doctor::
Quantum Catz: ((is there someone in the office?))
YarnKittymon: ((Probably Jack, unless he went back with Libby))
Quantum Catz: ((he wouldn't stop becky...is there not a secretary/asisstant type person or anything?))
YarnKittymon: ((Sometimes, but it's after 6 PM so not right now))
Maeve Owens: MV: :::she's gone quiet, her eyes closed and her head laying against Donald's chest, she heard the word hospital but theres no strength in her to fight it:::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::runs straight past jack, who's sitting in a chair, and into the examining room::
YarnKittymon: : ::Libby is on an examining table, her blouse cut open; her chest is covered in blood, and a frazzled and tired-looking blonde female doctor is stitching up the wound as best she can, having already cleaned it; Libby is rather pale::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::follows, but stands in the doorway of the examining room, not going in, and averting his eyes from Libby when he sees she's not fully dressed::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::tears in her eyes:: Libby? ::moves towards her now, although more slowly, rather shocked by the blood::
YarnKittymon: : ::the doctor doesn't take her eyes off Libby; softly:: I'm doing my best.
Quantum Catz: BM: Is she...she's going to be okay, right?
YarnKittymon: : ::the doctor is quiet for a bit:: I hope so, but if there's anything you wanted to say to her...you might.
YarnKittymon: DL: ::knocks on the door to the doctor's, not being able to open it while carrying Maeve::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::starts to tremble::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::moves to the door and pulls it open::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::takes a step in; softly:: I think I can help...::glances at Becky:: If you want.
YarnKittymon: DL: ::looks at Jack gratefully; he's breathing hard by now, from carrying Maeve so far::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::squeezes her eyes closed tightly and then nods, wrapping her arms around herself::
YarnKittymon: : ::the doctor backs off from Libby, looking at Toby::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::goes over to Libby, putting a finger on her wound::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::looking rather sombre; softly:: The doctor didn't look too happy when she saw all that blood...
YarnKittymon: LB: ::gasps, then whimpers, despite being unconscious::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::holds Maeve closer; quietly:: But she'll be all right.
Maeve Owens: MV: :::whimpers a little, frowning:::
Quantum Catz: JK: Hope so
YarnKittymon: DL: ::sighs, then walks into the examining room to set Maeve on the other table, unhappily::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::continues to heal Libby, carefully, being careful to replace some of the blood she's lost as he goes::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::protests more as the wound shrinks, eventually screaming::
Maeve Owens: MV: :::lays there quietly, drifting off, although she probably shouldn't be with two nice sized head injuries:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::stays with Maeve, kneeling next to her head:: Stay awake, Maeve, all right? You still have to hit me, don't you?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::opens her eyes when Libby screams, looking scared,then looks at Donald; mutters:: If you love Maeve so much then how come Libby's the one screaming and not you?
Maeve Owens: MV: :::doesnt respond to him:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::back at Becky, sharply:: You find a freak that can switch our wounds and I'll take them! I can't...can't help it that monster liked women!
YarnKittymon: LB: ::opens her eyes before she's fully healed, trying to control her screams; her whole body's shaking::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::snaps:: Who was he anyway? How come he knew about Maeve? How come you knew about him?
YarnKittymon: : ::the doctor goes and gets some ether to calm Libby, looking tempted to try some on Becky and Donald as well::
YarnKittymon: DL: He had--::stops himself:: Never mind how he knew; he found out about her in prison and somehow found her...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::keeps her eyes worriedly on Libby even as she snaps at Donald; sharply:: So it's your fault he went after her then
YarnKittymon: DL: ::looks down; can't affirm it, but doesn't deny it either::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::finishes healing Libby; presses one of his bloodied hands to her neck to make sure her pulse feels all right, then leans his forehead on the table, exhausted::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::turns to Donald, tears still in her eyes:: And to think you're supposed to love her, if you'd really loved her you'd've kept your mouth shut
YarnKittymon: DL: ::softly, looking down at Maeve:: Maeve, I'm sorry...I promise, I'll explain when we're alone...if you want to hear it...or I'll just leave you forever...
Maeve Owens: MV: :::she doesn't respond again, looking like she's gone to sleep:::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::goes over to Toby and puts her hand on his back; softly:: Are you okay?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: They'll have to...find a new shirt for her...
YarnKittymon: : ::the doctor belatedly turns away from Libby--she's always been fascinated by what Toby can do--and goes back over to Maeve, trying to rouse her::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::leans down so her head's closer to Toby's; smiles weakly:: That wasn't what i asked
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: Just tired. How's Maeve? How are you?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::wipes at her eyes:: I'll be fine ::looks over at Maeve:: She doesn't look badly hurt...i hope she's not.... ::starts to tremble again::
YarnKittymon: : ::the doctor continues to try to wake Maeve; after a bit, she gets some smelling salts::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::weakly reaches an arm for Becky's shoulder, but remembers the blood and thinks better of it; rests his hand back on the table:: She'll be fine.
Maeve Owens: ((nah... she just been beaten to a pulp practically with an assortment of cuts...not two mention two nice big bumps on the head))
Quantum Catz: ((well she meant she doesn't have a huge cut or anything obvious that toby needs to heal))
Maeve Owens: ((okay, i'll give you that))
Quantum Catz: BM: ::reaches for Toby's hand, not caring about the blood; looks at Libby to see if she's awake or unconscious::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::stands and walks back a couple steps so the doctor can work, crying::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::groans softly, her eyes closed::
Quantum Catz: BM: Libby?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::groans again; softly:: What the devil happened?
Maeve Owens: MV: :::she comes to, groaning:::
YarnKittymon: : ::the doctor sighs in relief; gets the patient's name from Donald:: Maeve, how are you feeling?
Maeve Owens: MV: :::squints up at the doctor and when she focusses on her, she groans again and closes her eyes:::
Quantum Catz: BM: :softly:: Well...i'm guessing the guy had a knife...other than that...you tell me...
YarnKittymon: : ::the doctor draws nearer to Maeve, squinting at her:: Maeve! What day's today?
YarnKittymon: LB: ::cringing at each breath, and not opening her eyes:: Kidnapped...Maeve was...kidnapped...I tried to...to distract him but...::curses softly::...that Jack was right...
Maeve Owens: MV: :::after a long pause::: dont know.
Quantum Catz: BM: Jack...that guy outside?
YarnKittymon: : ::the doctor frowns; softly:: Who brought you here?
Maeve Owens: MV: :::she opens one eye to look at Donald but closes it again, determinied to go to sleep and make the pounding in her head go away::: him
YarnKittymon: LB: ::softly:: He told me...not to...::gasps a little::...him and...Donald...knocked him out...
YarnKittymon: : Him who? What's his name?
Maeve Owens: MV: :::soflty, she croaks out::: Donlad
Maeve Owens: ((and what the heck, she can even say it that way))
YarnKittymon: : ::the doctor smiles a little:: Good. ::starts examining Maeve, also feeling for broken bones, which is likely pretty painful::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::mutters:; Well at least Donald did something right ::glances at Maeve and then at the blood on Libby and swallows, looking like she's about to shed some more tears::
Maeve Owens: MV: :::she cries out and tries to pull away, although she's too weak to really go anywhere:::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::softly:: Am I...undressed...
YarnKittymon: : ::the doctor's small hands are deceptively strong, and she keeps her grip on Maeve:: Calm down. Do you want something to calm you down?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::steps back and covers her eyes with a hand:: Does it matter? You were...you were bleeding to death...
Maeve Owens: MV: :::winces::: no
YarnKittymon: LB: ::softly:: I know...but does someone...a coat or something...Jack hasn't been in, has he?
YarnKittymon: : ::the doctor nods:: All right. Just hold still. It looks like you have a lot of cuts and bruises, a couple bumps on the head, but nothing worse. Did he do anything worse than that?
Quantum Catz: BM: He's been out...outside ::starts to tremble again and then suddenly teleports away...altho anyone who knows her'd probably know she won't have gone much further than outside the building::
YarnKittymon: LB: ::her eyes are still closed, so she doesn't see this::
Maeve Owens: MV: :::weakly::: No.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::frowns, staying with Libby; after a bit, he drapes his sweater over her, leaving him with a T-shirt; he figured the coat would be too heavy on her injured chest::
YarnKittymon: : ::the doctor nods again:: I think you'll be all right, with some rest...maybe a psychiatrist, when you're well enough to travel.
Maeve Owens: MV: :::she doesn't respond, simply trying to go back to sleep:::
YarnKittymon: : ::the doctor sighs softly, looking up at Donald:: Just let her sleep. I'll check on her first thing in the morning.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::watches Libby a little longer, then puts his coat on and goes outside, shivering, looking for Becky::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::softly:: Can I stay here with her?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::is sitting outside against the wall, arms wrapped around her knees and head resting on her knees, crying::
YarnKittymon: : ::the doctor shrugs, getting a blanket from a cabinet:: Sure; why not?
YarnKittymon: : ::takes the trouble to clean the blood off his hands before kneeling next to Becky, silently::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::doesn't move her head; softly:: I'm sorry...i should've stayed there...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::puts an arm around Becky; softly:: Are you cold?
YarnKittymon: DL: ::goes away from Maeve for just a moment to see Jack in the waiting room:: Libby's going to be all right, it looks like; hopefully Maeve will be too. I'm...going to wait with her tonight.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::leans against Toby; wrapping her arms around him:: I didn't...even notice
YarnKittymon: TY: ::hugs Becky back; softly:: It's all right. She needs her rest anyway, and she's gonna be fine.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::nods:: Yeah, i thought you might wanta do that
YarnKittymon: DL: ::smiles weakly at Jack:: Thanks for everything.
Quantum Catz: BM: I didn't...i didn't expect anything to happen to Libby...I...it... ::drifts off::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: She's all right now. Isn't that enough?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::shrugs:: Hey, don't mention it. Might stick around for the fire works - if your girl's as wild as you say she is...i might see a good fight outa this yet
Quantum Catz: BM: ::nods weakly::
YarnKittymon: : ::the doctor looks down at the unconscious Maeve; softly:: Be strong and get better quick. No one's gonna hurt you again, all right?
Maeve Owens: MV: :::and again, she's unresponsive:::
YarnKittymon: DL: ::smiles:: Maybe. Stay around for a while; at least 'til I can pay you back a little. Though if it weren't for Maeve, I guess you'd still be locked up.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::just keeps his arms around Becky, silently::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::shrugs:: Bein on the run ain't all it's cracked up to be; your little island seems like a nice hideout for now anyway
YarnKittymon: DL: ::smiles a little wider:: You never know; once the story breaks you might be a hero, Jack.
Quantum Catz: BM: Is Maeve okay? Did she look okay to you?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::smirks:: That'll be the day
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: Kind of out of it, but that happens when you've been beaten up pretty good, doesn't it.
YarnKittymon: DL: See you around, then. Stay out of trouble.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::winces:: Why couldn't Donald've just stayed quiet?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: We don't really know the whole story, do we? It's his fault, don't get me wrong, but there's gotta be more to it than that.
Quantum Catz: JK: ::raises his eyebrows and grins:: Oh you know me, never really been one to stick my nose out - you're the one who should be stayin out of trouble
Quantum Catz: BM: ::mutters:: How exactly does some guy in prison find out about Maeve and decide to go after her unless Donald told him about her?
YarnKittymon: DL: Doubt that'll happen, though. ::heads back to Maeve::
YarnKittymon: TY: Fine. We string him up tomorrow. I'm too tired to do anything more besides hug you tonight.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles weakly; softly:: I wouldn't go that far...then Oliver would never exist...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: Mmm. It might be more fun to see how he climbs his way out of this trouble anyway, huh?
Quantum Catz: JK: ::leaves the doctor's intending to go to the nearest inn to stay for the night, smiles slightly at Becky and Toby as he goes::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: Maybe Maeve'll just start to think the same thing as me...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::soberly:: She has some time yet, to decide.
YarnKittymon: : ::the doctor's been cleaning Maeve's wounds while Donald was gone, and bandaging them::
Quantum Catz: BM: I guess... Should i stay with Libby tonite? Is Donald staying with Maeve?
YarnKittymon: : ::she's had to sew up a couple of the wounds, but Maeve's probably out of it enough to not feel it::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::makes a bit of a face at the second question::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: I think so. You gonna stay and protect Maeve from him?
YarnKittymon: : ::then the doctor sends Donald for some ice for the bruises, to take down the swelling, admonishing him not to leave it on too long or she'll get frostbite::
Quantum Catz: ((will the doctor be there at nite?))
YarnKittymon: ((She lives upstairs; though the description didn't mention it I decided it was two-story ^^; ))
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles weakly:: Think she needs protected?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: Not from anything he'd do on *purpose,* I don't think...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: Wonderful...and i should really go tell Dan what's happened as well
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods, standing:: We should at least tell them good night, then.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::stands up as well; looks at Toby:: You'll stay with me, right? Whatever i end up doing tonite?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods, taking Becky's hand:: Sure...if you want.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles weakly and gratefully:: Thank-you
YarnKittymon: TY: ::smiles back, then kisses Becky for just a moment before heading back towards the door::

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