~Wednesday, August 15, 1928~

YarnKittymon: TY: ::is tapping a sponge on the floor of the crawl space, with his fingers; he had been tapping the floor itself before, but the sound carried, leading the congregation inside to believe they had rats::
YarnKittymon: : ::the room is lit, at least, by a dim flashlight-like thing, with a shade, mounted up into the wall; Toby's made the women anything else they've asked for as well::
Maeve34: MV: ::bangs her head against the wall, tired of being cooped up but very happy that there was at least some light.::: How long are we going to stay here?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::is sitting back against the wall with her eyes closed and doesn't reply::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::whispers:: 'Til we think of a plan to get out, I guess. ::cringes::
Maeve34: MV: :::She hits her head a little to hard and she winces, barely bighting back a moan. She scowls at the wall and contemplates trying to burn her way out, regardless of the need to stay incognito.:::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::sees the spark in Maeve's eye; softly:: Don't.
Maeve34: MV: :::looks at him innocently and shrugs:: What? I wasn't going to do a darn thing... :::gently messages her still hurt knee, which is cramping from being held in a bent position:::
YarnKittymon: : ::there's a sudden tapping from the other side of the wall::
Maeve34: MV: I didn't do it.
YarnKittymon: : ::a voice from the other side says:: You're right; there's someone in here.
Maeve34: MV: oops
Quantum Catz: BM: ::opens her eyes and sighs::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::sits up straighter, inhaling sharply; presses his hands against the other wall, across from the voice, and forms a peephole; very softly:: There's people out there, too.
Maeve34: MV: ::still gently messaging *the area around* her hurt knee::: Now what?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::groans, leaning back:: Go to prison, I guess.
Maeve34: MV: :::grumbles::: not much of a change from this place.
YarnKittymon: TY: But they separate men and women, like the hospital. ::sighs::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::softly:: I couldn't get us all much further than the car park probably
YarnKittymon: TY: ::quietly:: Don't get hurt over this, Becky. They'll just think you and Maeve are sick; you can probably even stay together, and get you two out of there when you're strong enough.
Quantum Catz: BM: And what about you? Do i just leave you till i'm strong enough again to get to you?
Maeve34: MV: Why dont you just make them think that the wall is talking to them?
Maeve34: MV: You can see what they look like right? Scare em off.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::smiles weakly, not looking straight at Becky:: Even in the '20s, they didn't give people the death penalty instantly. ::pauses, considering Maeve's suggestion:: Maybe...you'll have to talk for it. ::puts his hands into
YarnKittymon: the interior wall, forming its outside into a pair of giant lips, nodding to Maeve and Becky::
Maeve34: MV: ::smirks::: What do you mean they dont give the dealth penalty instantly? ::peeks through the pair of giant lips:::
YarnKittymon: : ::there's just a tiny bit Maeve can see through--the inside of the mouth isn't hollow, but is made of thinly-stretched wall, barely see-through--there's a tall, thin, somewhat dirty man looking in awe at the lips, with a younger
YarnKittymon: man::
Maeve34: MV: :::sarcastically::: Hey, what are you staring at tall guy? And havent you ever heard of a shower?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::moves the lips to what Maeve says, rather poorly::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man curses softly, and crosses himself; the younger man looks more enthralled, like he's watching a show, but the first man suddenly runs away::
Maeve34: MV: My, the younger generation is amused quite easily these days. Dont you know that walls have feeling too? We also have ears. So run along after you papa now. Shooo. Be gone with ya.
YarnKittymon: : ::the young man laughs, walking around to look more closely at the far ends of the wall:: I don't see any ears.
YarnKittymon: : ::the first man comes back, with a priest in tow; the priest turns pale upon seeing the wall, leaning heavily against his companion::
Maeve34: MV: :::sighs::: oh brother. Sarcasm is also lost on the younger generation. Hey! this wall is not to be used as a place of confession. An no loitering. Go elsewhere or face being struck by a brick.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::more to herself than anyone else:: Isn't this just going to draw people rather than make them leave?
YarnKittymon: : ::the priest draws nearer to the wall, looking at it carefully:: Are you from the Lord or the devil?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::pauses; softly:: Maybe...
Maeve34: MV: If i say devil will you go away? You're blocking my sunlight.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::suddenly whispers something into Maeve's ear::
Maeve34: MV: :::in a soft sincere voice::: I am a vision. Bring everyone inside from the street.
YarnKittymon: : ::the priest isn't instantly convinved:: Why have you come to us? ::even as he's asking, the other two men have left to do as the suddenly kind-sounding lips have said::
Maeve34: MV: I have an important message for you.
YarnKittymon: : ::a bit of a crowd gathers inside, but Toby suddenly slips and makes the wall of the mouth even thinner; they all briefly see the three people sitting inside the wall, illuminated like a movie screen because of the flashlight inside::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::sees the looks on everyone's faces through the wall and knows they're in trouble; forces the lips closed and then opens the wall on the other side, no longer caring who may be out there::
YarnKittymon: : ::there's still a few people about outside the building; one man screams, and the rest don't seem to know what to make of the sight of the wall melting and people coming out::
Maeve34: MV: :::hobbles out of the hole and straightens up, smiling at the people and waving:::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::climbs out as well, glancing at Toby and rather worried about what they're going to do now::
Maeve34: MV: The darndest thing happened! We were just standing here and this wall here just sucked us right in!
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods weakly:: What she said. ::a couple of the people they saw inside the building make their way outside, looking perturbed::
Maeve34: MV: :::she shrugs::: The wall was evil after all.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::mutters:: Come on, we need to get out of here
YarnKittymon: TY: ::takes Becky's hand, trying to make his way through the now-assembled crowd, some of which has questions for them::
Maeve34: MV: :::hobbles along behind them::: Wait for me! The wall was kind of mean... it dropped a brick on my knee.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::slows down to let Maeve catch up with them::
YarnKittymon: YarnKittymon rolled 2 6-sided dice: 2 4
YarnKittymon: : ::a young man grabs Toby by the collar:: Now just wait! Even if it swallows you, you can't destroy the wall of a church and get away with it!
Maeve34: MV: :::rolls her eyes:: We didnt destroy it! What makes you think we can even do that? hmm? it didnt like how we tasted. It spit us out.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::tries to wriggle free unobtrusively, though he fails::
Maeve34: MV: :::limps up next to him:: Although I could go back and talk to the wall to make sure you're the next on its list. :::grins at him:::
YarnKittymon: : ::a man Becky probably recognizes as Mercy's father steps forward, pushing through the assembled crowd as best he can:: Everyone, calm down.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks up at Mercy's father though she doesn't say anything to him::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man looks at them all, suddenly struck dumb, but Mercy manages to reach her father's side and takes the man's hand, murmuring:: Help them, Daddy.
Maeve34: MV: :::she's suprised to see Mercy again but she doesn't let it show. Instead, she concentrates on balancing on one leg. Its not working though and she has to bite her lip to keep from wincing everytime she jars her knee:::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks at maeve:: Are you okay?
Maeve34: MV: :::smiles tightly::: Yep, yep, everything is good. :::falls over:::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::moves away from Toby to help Maeve::
YarnKittymon: : ::Mercy looks up at her father pleadingly::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man kneels down next to Maeve, whispering through clenched teeth:: I can get you out...
Maeve34: MV: :::groans and squints up at him. She whispers back::: How?
YarnKittymon: : ::the man doesn't answer, but Mercy slips away, back into the crowd::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks at the man for a moment and then says:: Are you like Mercy? She said no one else in her family...
YarnKittymon: : ::softly:: I just told her when she came back home.
Maeve34: MV: :::is looking up at the two of them expectantly. Finally, she tries to stand up on her own and makes it until she accidently puts weifht on her leg and almost falls again:::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::draws nearer to them, frowning::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::quickluy tries to grab Maeve's arm to help her stand::
Maeve34: MV: :::smiles at Becky, and manages to stay up right::: Thanks
YarnKittymon: : ::there's a shrill scream from the direction Mercy went off to, and without fail, every person in the crowd looks that way; Mercy's father grabs Becky's hand and Toby's and suddenly, the people and buildings nearby seem to grow a couple hundred times taller; the people nearby are as tall as buildings, and they can hardly see to the top of the buildings::
Maeve34: MV: :::her eyes get bigger as she follows the height of the things around her::: What the...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looking rather shocked; wryly:: Well i could probably teleport us further now...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::groans; softly:: Must be the morphine finally kicking in.
Maeve34: MV; ::smiles::: ah, morphine, what I wouldnt give for some of that right about now. :::sighs::
YarnKittymon: : ::Mercy's father is the same size as the rest of them; softly:: Get against a wall, or behind something, and watch out for cats.
Quantum Catz: BM: Oh, cats, great...
Maeve34: MV: :::hobbles off towards a wall::: I have a sudden fear of being stepped upon.
YarnKittymon: : ::Mercy's father smiles softly:: That's a healthy fear to have, really. ::runs over to help Maeve, putting her arm over his shoulder::
Maeve34: MV: :::she tenses a little and looks at him strangely::: I'm fine really. :::pauses::: who are you anyway?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::follows the two of them::
YarnKittymon: : ::softly:: Oswald Freedman. I think you know my daughter, Mercy, though you might not know her *now*, unless you could recognize her shoes.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::walks alongside Becky, rather dazed, cringing a little::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::reaches for his hand:: Are *you* okay?
Maeve34: MV: :::nods::: oh. ::her eyes lift towards the sky, watching for any moving feet or falling objects:::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::squeezes Becky's hand; softly:: I could've used another day, but I'll be okay.
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald keeps them close to the edge of the wall, where they're safer:: Stay nearby; I won't let us get eaten. ::brightly:: But you can talk as loudly as you like, and no one's likely to hear you. Except cats and dogs.
Quantum Catz: BM: Does this wear off or are we stuck like this till you make us big again?
YarnKittymon: : You'll grow big again, but slowly, if I don't do it for you. ::smiles, motioning to a tree that has tiny grooves cut in it, like a ladder:: So don't worry; if I get killed, you won't be the size of mice forever.
Maeve34: MV: :::tries to grab for someone's shoe laces to untie them::: I dont know, this could be kind of fun
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve gets ahold of the laces, but nearly gets kicked for her trouble as the person shifts his weight::
Maeve34: MV: :::she hobbles back a little and looks up. When he settles she goes back in for the kill. And attempts to tie both feet together:::
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald turns back, seeing Maeve:: Be careful!
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve gets the laces tied, but then the person they belong to looks down, feeling something on his shoe::
Maeve34: MV: :::she jumps, jarring her knee and barely contains a groan:::
Quantum Catz: BM: Maeve, you need to stay with someone so you don't fall over
YarnKittymon: : ::the man's eyes widen, and he grabs Maeve by the back of her dress, standing so quickly Maeve probably gets dizzy, maybe even sick, and pulling her up to his face, so close she can count his nose-hairs::
Maeve34: MV: :::screams bloody murder and hits his nose::: Put me down!
Quantum Catz: BM: ::groans:: This's gonna go badly...
YarnKittymon: : ::the man just laughs:: Well, I'll be. ::looks around, and reaches down into a nearby trash can, pulling out a small cardboard box; takes the lid off with one hand and slips Maeve inside:: If I'm not crazy, I finally have
YarnKittymon: someone to keep me company, don't I?
Maeve34: MV: :::inside the box she makes a fireball at tries to burn a nice little hole in the side::: I dont think so, I am not a play toy.
YarnKittymon: : ::Maeve makes a hole in the box, burning the man's thumb:: Ouch! Can you bite through cardboard, little lady? ::smiles::
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald looks up at the scene, terrified; murmurs:: I'm so sorry.
Maeve34: MV: :::glares at the guy and attempt to climb out of the box:::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man puts the lid on:: No escaping, darling. Just come home with me for the night?
Maeve34: MV: :::bangs on the side of the box:::: NO! N. O. No! now let me out of here! :::makes another fireball and attempts to burn through the lid:::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::softly:: If i don't teleport to get her she'll probably get herself dropped
YarnKittymon: : ::the lid starts to smoke, which probably isn't good for Maeve, as it fills the box quite quickly::
Maeve34: MV: :::she coughs and covers her mouth with the hem of her shirt. To stubburn to admit defeat:::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: Can you get to her?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::shrugs:: Never tried it at the size of a mouse - gonna have to though
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald looks confused:: You can't climb that high, and I wouldn't want you to try it...you could be hurt.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles weakly:: I'm not going to climb ::teleports to the box::
YarnKittymon: : ::the box is growing smokier, though the man doesn't notice the wisps of smoke escaping from the edges of the box::
Maeve34: MV: :::still trying to burn her way to freedom and probably cant see becky through the smoke::: You cant keep me in here!
Quantum Catz: BM: ::coughs:: Give me your hand, Maeve
Maeve34: MV: :::turns around and screams::: Becky! :::peers through the smoke and reaches out blindly::: you're here! :::pauses::: somewhere.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::leans against the giant tree trunk; softly:: Becky...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::reaches in the direction of Maeve's voice:: Do you have a death wish? ::coughs again:: You realise you can't breathe smke right?
Maeve34: MV: :::her hands brush becky's and she grabs on::: Choking to death on smoke is a small price to pay over going home with this wacko.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::teleports them back to where Toby and Oswald are, although Becky falls back against the wall, coughing::
Maeve34: MV: :::falls to the ground, practically hacking up a lung:::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::leans next to Becky, anxiously::
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald kneels next to Maeve, apologizing profusely::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::softy:: Oh that was weird... ::coughs again::
Maeve34: MV: ::inbetween coughing fits::: It's not your fault I'm a natural disaster waiting to happen.
YarnKittymon: TY: Are you all right?
Quantum Catz: BM: Se'd filled up the matchbox with smoke but other than that....
YarnKittymon: : ::the man suddenly drops the box, as the lid catches on fire in earnest; yells, and nearly tries to stamp it out, but his shoelaces are tied together, so he falls to the ground, his face just a few inches away from the tiny
YarnKittymon: people::
Maeve34: MV: :::stands up and hobbles over to him. She kicks at his nose with her bad leg::: Thats for locking me away!
YarnKittymon: : ::the man reaches out with his newly-blistered hand to grab Maeve again::
Maeve34: MV: ::holds up a fireball; she glares at him::: You even think about it and I'll add some more blisters!
Quantum Catz: BM: Maeve, get away from him - we have to get out of here
YarnKittymon: : ::the man doesn't seem to understand Maeve, and his eyes light up at the sight of the fire; he murmurs something about a show::
Maeve34: MV: :::nods, while keeping a close eye on him::: Yeah, exaclty, I'll show you exactly how much your hand can blister... :::hobbles away from him while still keeping an eye on his hand:::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man watches Maeve not unlike how a cat would, and suddenly reaches for her, but then shies back, crying out at a pain in his other hand, caused by Oswald's teeth; he shakes that hand, knocking Oswald off and into the wall::
Maeve34: MV: :::hobbles away a little faster, gritting her teeth. She goes over to Oswald and shakes him::: Are you okay!?
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald looks up at Maeve, dazed; softly:: Are you?
Maeve34: MV: :::nods:: Yes. Can you get up?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::climbs up the tree about a foot off the ground, using the indentations made in it, and melts a knothole out, making a big hollow space inside, only sparing the center of the tree, so it doesn't outright die; leans out of the
YarnKittymon: hole, looking down at Becky::
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald gets to his feet, with difficulty; he hit the wall with his back, and the back of his shirt is torn and bloodied::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: Don't tell me we have to hide again
YarnKittymon: TY: Wouldn't hurt, would it?
Maeve34: MV: :::winces::: I'm sorry. Should have warned you before you tried to help us. I have a tendency to cause trouble. :::looks pathetically guilty:::
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald smiles weakly:: I'll be all right. I don't have any choice. ::extends his arm to Maeve::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::closes her eyes for a moment, looking dizzy, and then moves towards the tree, looking at Oswald:: You should be with Mercy, not helping us...
Maeve34: MV: :::takes his arm::: What do you mean you have no choice?
YarnKittymon: : ::still smiling, though something about it turns sad:: I'm the only one left to take care of our children.
Maeve34: MV: :::softly::: Her mother has no chance of recovering?
YarnKittymon: : ::softly, looking down:: She's alive, and I don't see that changing, but she's in no condition to take care of our children right now. And even if she were, I don't have any insurance; they'd be in a world of trouble without my paychecks.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::starts to climb the tree, although she pauses a couple of time, closing her eyes, to rest:
Maeve34: MV: :::sadly::: I'm sorry. :::she looks down and after a while she lets go of his arm::: You should go then. Get out of here before you get hurt. Mercy should at least have one parent alive and well.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::holds out his arm to Becky to help her up, silently::
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald shakes his head:: She asked me to help you. I can't say 'no' to her. She'll be by soon, and maybe she can get you out of town.
Maeve34: MV: ::smiles and shakes her head::: Thank you for getting us this far but I'm sure we can make it out on our own. I wouldn't want anything to happen to either of you.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::takes his arm and gets up the rest of the way::
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald frowns:: You were nearly killed thanks to my "help."
Maeve34: MV: :::tilts her head to the side and smirks::: I can get myself into my own trouble without any help thank you.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: Are you sure you're all right?
YarnKittymon: : ::the man laughs weakly:: It looks like your friend has made us a place to wait for Mercy. Just let her get you someplace safe, and we'll leave you alone.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::nods:: Yeah, i'm fine
Maeve34: MV: :::sighs::: Suit yourself. But I warned you. :::looks up at the tree and hobbles over. ::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: You smell like an ash tray. I can fix it if you want...
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald looks at Maeve; softly:: Can you get up yourself, or should I find a rope?
Quantum Catz: BM: It's not important
Maeve34: MV: :::She looks critically at the indentations in the tree and shrugs::: Nah, I can do this. :::she places her good leg in one spot and grabs onto a higher indentation. She lifts herself up but then is lost on how to move any furth
Maeve34: er without hurting her leg:::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::sighs, then throws a rope down to Maeve:: Tie it around your waist and we'll pull you up.
Maeve34: MV: :::she sighs as well and takes the rope, tying it around her waist:::
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald climbs up to the tree-room and takes the rope behind Toby; they start pulling, though Toby almost slips::
Maeve34: MV: :::her knee hits the side of the tree and she winces:::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::Softly:: Be careful
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: Thanks...
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald does most the work, though, in pulling Maeve up to relative safety::
Maeve34: MV: :::she helps them along as much as she can, grabbing onto the indentations and pulling herself up:::
YarnKittymon: : ::it's not a terribly high distance, something like 20 feet in their terms, as they're about 3 inches tall, and Maeve gets up safely::
Maeve34: MV: :::lays down in the small space and sighs, then goes into a small coughing fit::: Well, that was fun.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::wearily:: O)h yeah
Maeve34: MV: :::glances up at Becky::: Sorry.... are you okay?
Quantum Catz: BM: No worse than you
YarnKittymon: TY: ::smirking weakly:: It's too bad we weren't this small when we were trapped in the crawl space; we could've set up our own amusement park.
Maeve34: MV: :::nods::: as long as you're no worse
Maeve34: MV: :::wrinkles her nose::: I dont like amusement parks.
YarnKittymon: TY: Then why'd you visit Coney Island for all those months?
Maeve34: MV: :::shrugs, knowing the answer just not wanting to say:::
Maeve34: MV: How long are we staying here?
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald looks at them; quietly:: I gather you're in some sort of trouble, since you were hiding in a crawl space?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: We're always in trouble these days
Maeve34: MV: :::smiling:: I told you, I'm the poster person for getting into trouble.
Maeve34: MV: :::seriously::: And just for the record, I dont do it on purpose, it just happens...
YarnKittymon: : ::softly:: I heard your car was wrecked?
Maeve34: MV: ::nods::: And the events surrounding our leaving the hospital are a little fuzzy but I think I did something bad. :::she frowns:::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::softly:: You just had too much morphine...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::under his breath:: I was worse.
Maeve34: MV; :::nods::: Neat. I can blame it on the drugs. :::looks over at Toby::: Worse? Were you drugged up too?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::shakes his head:: No. I just tried...::stops himself, looking at Oswald; shakes his head:: Never mind.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::reaches for Toby's hand, smiling weakly::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::takes it, leaning against the tree wall::
YarnKittymon: : ::suddenly, the room grows dark, from someone blocking the exit; a girl's whisper--still rather loud to them--comes through:: Daddy!
Maeve34: MV: :::she jumps and looks around, sounding a little panicked::: Light! You're blocking the light!
YarnKittymon: : ::the girl backs away:: Sorry. Come on; I'll help you out.
Maeve34: MV: :::peeks her head out wearily. She waves::: Hi again.
YarnKittymon: : ::Mercy waves back, and then puts her hand under the makeshift doorway:: I'll take you somewhere safe. ::brightly:: We can go home!
Maeve34: MV: ::she carefully crawls out onto Mercy's hand:::
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald follows quickly; Toby is a little more nervous, but he follows, holding out his arms to Becky::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::Becky looks like she's about to faint for a moment as she moves onto Mercy's hand, although she quickly hides it::
YarnKittymon: : ::Mercy moves her hand as gently as she can, but Toby still has to sit down to keep from falling; Oswald grabs his daughter's thumb for balance::
Maeve34: MV: ::she lays down, coughing a little and looks like she might fall asleep, despite the fear of rolling off::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sts down as well::
YarnKittymon: : ::Mercy's hand suddenly jerks, as the man who took Maeve earlier puts his hand on her shoulder:: Those dolls are dangerous, little girl. Why don't you give them to me?
Maeve34: MV: :::she slides towards the edge, grabbing onto her skin to keep herself from falling:::
Maeve34: ((her is Mercy))
YarnKittymon: : ::Mercy shrieks:: They're mine!
Quantum Catz: MV: ::She winces, covering her ears. She grumbles.::: If I was a little bigger I would seriously blister every part of that guys body. :::yelling as loud as she can::: We're only dangerous to those who try to put us in boxes!

Dot Wrnr : ::the man grabs Mercy's wrist, shaking it over an open (and still sticky) jelly jar:: You let them go, little girl, and you won't get hurt.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::tries to hold on tightly to mercy's hand::
SP00KY One : MV: ::::loses her grip and tumbles into the jar:::
Dot Wrnr: : ::Mercy's father falls, too::
Dot Wrnr: : ::Mercy cries out, from fear and the pain of the amn grabbing her wrist, and Becky's fingernails (and Toby's hand, which is even worse)::
SP00KY One : MV: :::banging on the side of the glass::: Not again! Let me out of here! :::grumbling::: I would have preferred another match box.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::her hands start to slip since she's already tired from teleporting::
Dot Wrnr: : ::Maeve's hand lands right on a bit of rather sticky grape jelly::
Dot Wrnr: : ::the man shakes Mercy's hand again; the girl starts to cry:: Let them go...
Dot Wrnr: : ::the man pulls Mercy nearer, hurting her; she yells:: Daddy!
SP00KY One : MV: :::pulls her hand away from the glass, the jelly moving with it::: Ummm... eeew. :::turns and wipes her hand on Mercy's father's shirt:::
Dot Wrnr: : ::a couple people nearby look on, but the man just says:: Be quiet, my little doll; I told you, too much candy will rot your teeth.
Dot Wrnr: : ::Mercy's father watches through the glass, which distorts the scene outside a bit:: Mercy! Don't worry about us! Just let go!
Quantum Catz: BM: ::loses her grip on Mercy's hand; weakly as she starts to fall:: Toby!
Dot Wrnr: TY: ::reaches for Becky, can't quite make it, and lets go of Mercy, hoping to get a grip on Mercy again when he gets ahold of Becky; he manages to grab Becky's hand, but falls down with her into the jar::
Dot Wrnr: : ::Mercy screams again, crying; her hand is bleeding::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::lands right on top of Maeve, knocking her to the ground::
Dot Wrnr: TY: ::lands on top of Becky, not hurting her as much as it must hurt Maeve::
Dot Wrnr: : ::the man laughs, screwing a lid onto the jelly jar; he's at least poked holes in it with a nail::
SP00KY One : MV: :::lets out a painful grunt when Becky lands on her, and then an even louder one when Toby does:::
Dot Wrnr: : ::Mercy jumps at the man, punching him rather ineffectively::
Dot Wrnr: : ::Oswald ignores them, looking out at his daughter helplessly::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::groans::
SP00KY One : MV: ::::trying to push them off her::: Get off! :::her voice not any higher than a whisper::: I cant breath!
Dot Wrnr: TY: ::quickly rolls off of them, pulling Becky after he's clear:: Sorry. Are you all right?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::weakly with her hand on her chest:: God, you're heavy
SP00KY One : MV: ::::she moans, trying to sit up. Her ribs hurt and her knee is throbbing even worse:::
Dot Wrnr: TY: ::looks around the jar; softly:: Looks like I'll be on an all-jelly diet for a little while, anyway. Maeve? How are you?
SP00KY One : MV: Am I dead yet?
Dot Wrnr: : ::the jar suddenly moves, irregularly, like the man's started walking::
Dot Wrnr: TY: ::leans back against the side of the jar, not minding the jelly; looks at his hand, which is covered in blood; tries to melt it off, but can't::
SP00KY One : MV: :::with one arm holding her mid section, she uses the other to scoot herself up against the glass. She leans her head against its cool surface and closes her eyes:::
Quantum Catz: BM: looks at Oswald, her hand still on her chest:: If we wait till no one's around, can you not just make us bigger? I mean i'd rather get cut up a bit with some glass than be stuck with this guy
Dot Wrnr: : ::Oswald looks down; softly:: I'm afraid if I did, we might not break the glass before we were crushed to death. ::curses softly:: My little girl...
Dot Wrnr: TY: ::softly:: I'm too tired to help any of you...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs and covers her face in her hands:: Guess we'll just have to wait till he decides to let us out...
Dot Wrnr: : ::Oswald frowns:: If we could get him to drop us...
Dot Wrnr: TY: Even if I *could* get us out of the jar, we'd drop to the ground...
SP00KY One : MV: :::rubs her head, a frown on her face::: Trapped. Again.
Dot Wrnr: : ::Oswald looks at Maeve; softly:: I guess you were right....
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs::
SP00KY One : MV: :::looks at him quizzically::: I was right? About what?
Dot Wrnr: : ::softly:: That I probably should have left before I got into trouble...
SP00KY One : MV: :::nods, smirking::: Oh, right. Yes.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::quietly:: Don't worry about it. Give us some time to get our energy back and we'll be able to escape somehow
Dot Wrnr: : ::nods soberly:: I wouldn't care at all, what's happening, except for Mercy...I don't even know what he did to her...::after a short pause::...but he'll pay for it.
Quantum Catz: BM: Don't do anything that'll risk your kids losing you - it isn't worth it
SP00KY One : MV: :::sighs unhappily:::
Dot Wrnr: TY: ::softly:: If any of you's really badly off...I don't know if I can do anything, but I'll try...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks at toby worriedly:: Do't push yourself too hard ::although she still looks pale from using her own powers::
Dot Wrnr: TY: ::softly:: I don't think I can kill myself using them, Becky...::sighs::...and I hope you can't, anymore...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::wearily:: All that happened in the lab was i got too tired to do anything
Dot Wrnr: : ::Oswald frowns, looking a little confused::
Dot Wrnr: : ::it's over half-an-hour before they're finally set down on a flat surface; it's hard to see exactly where, from the curvature of the glass::
Dot Wrnr: : ::they hear the man humming to himself::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::was nearly falling asleep, curled up against the edge of the jar::
Dot Wrnr: TY: ::was near Becky, and doesn't get up when the jar stops moving::
SP00KY One : MV: :::doesn't move:::
Dot Wrnr : : ::Oswald looks around; softly:: If he takes us all out, stay together, and I'll grow us again.
Quantum Catz : BM: ::nods, not saying anything::
Dot Wrnr : TY: ::takes Becky's hand with his clean one::
Dot Wrnr : : ::the man grins, stooping to look into the jar; they see his distorted face rather close-up; it's a disturbing image:: I'll be rich, you hear?
SP00KY One : MV: :::mumbles::: not if I melt all your gold into nothing... if thats even possible.
Dot Wrnr : : ::the man doesn't seem to hear; he picks up the jar again and goes back out of the room::
Dot Wrnr : TY: ::nearly falls over from the jostling::
SP00KY One : MV: :::leans against the glass, looking pale::: I feel like ... hell.
Quantum Catz : BM: ::softly:: I know what you mean - i wish he'd just let us out already
SP00KY One : MV: :::grumbles:: Or at least set us down and leave us! :::her voice rising in volume:::
Dot Wrnr : TY: ::softly:: What do you think he's going to do to us?
Quantum Catz : BM: ::shrugs:: Who cares? As long as we get a chance to get made big again, it doesn't matter
Dot Wrnr : TY: ::softly:: But if we're in front of a lot of people...
Quantum Catz : BM: Right now i don't care much
SP00KY One : MV: :::nods:: I would have to agree with Becky
Dot Wrnr : TY: ::softly:: Okay.
Dot Wrnr : : ::the man continues on, whistling::
Dot Wrnr : : ::Oswald frowns; softly:: What if he doesn't let us out at all?
SP00KY One : MV: :::groans::: Think happy thoughts, think happy thoughts.
Quantum Catz : BM: If he doesn't let us out at all then Toby and i'll have time to get our powers back so either way i'm getting out of this damned jar
Dot Wrnr : : ::the light dims, and there's some pretty bad jostling; they're going up some stairs::
SP00KY One : MV: :::winces as pain shoots through her knee, her ribs not liking the jostling all that much either::: oh god, make it stop.
Dot Wrnr : : ::Oswald kneels next to Maeve; softly:: Is there anything I can do?
SP00KY One : MV: :::shakes her head::: probably not.
Dot Wrnr : : ::the stairs finally stop, and in another minute they're sitting down on a table instead::
SP00KY One : MV: :::sighs:::
Dot Wrnr : : ::it sounds like the man's leaving, and they can't see him through the glass anymore::
SP00KY One: MV: :::looks at the glass, frowning. She holds her hand next to the glass and fireball appears::: Lets do an expiriment. What happens to glass when introduced to heat.
Dot Wrnr : : ::the thin film of jelly nearest to the flame starts to smoke::
SP00KY One : MV: :::puts the flame out and then tries to wipe the jelly away:::
Quantum Catz : BM: ::softly:: Remember what happeed to the matchbox - i'd rather not choke to death you know
SP00KY One : MV: Wouldnt we die of heat before that happened? I want out of here.
Dot Wrnr : TY: ::sharply:: Not *that* way; I'd rather be alive in a jar than dead and free.
SP00KY One : MV: :::pouts:::
Dot Wrnr : : ::in another minute or two they hear the man's excited voice:: They're right in here! Tiny people, *alive*!
Quantum Catz : BM: ::groans:: Oh great
SP00KY One : MV: :::rolls her eyes::: lovely
Dot Wrnr : : ::a woman's voice says:: Oh; I think I hear some squeaking... ::they still can't be seen though::
SP00KY One : MV: :::bangs her fist against the glass, shouting as loud as she can:: We may be little you heartless pig but damn it! We're still human! Let us out!
Quantum Catz : BM: ::wryly: Oh yeah, the fact that we're human'll make him change his mind
Dot Wrnr : TY: ::grabs Maeve's wrist:: Haven't you ever heard of Michigan J. Frog?
SP00KY One : MV: :::frowns, yanking her writst free:::No, :::looks over at Becky and sticks out her tongue::: I dont care what makes him change his mind! I just want out!
Dot Wrnr : : ::they see a distorted female face in front of the glass:: Oh, how darling!
SP00KY One : MV: :::grumbles::: I'll show you darling, just let me out. :::sticks her tongue out at the woman::::
Dot Wrnr : : ::the woman steps back from the jar:: How much do you want for them?
SP00KY One : MV: :::outraged::: Want for us?!! We arent on sale!!!
Dot Wrnr: ::the man replies:: A thousand for the lot of them.
Dot Wrnr: ::the woman sounds a little disappointed:: I don't have that much...
SP00KY One : MV: Good! We arent for sale anyway!
Dot Wrnr : : ::the woman speaks brightly:: I'll just take two.

Quantum Catz: BM: ::makes a face:: Oh great, a *breeding* pair
YarnKittymon: TY: ::weakly, taking Becky's hand:: Might not be all bad...
Maeve34: MV: :::sighs::: Yay, saved because I'm alone and single.
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman shakes her head, grimacing:: That's morbid. Mr. Murphy. Well, maybe morbid's not the word I'm looking for, but it's *wrong.* I'll just take the women.
Maeve34: MV: :::frowns::: Figures. Sold to a woman who probably liked to play with dolls.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: What fun
YarnKittymon: TY: ::a little scared:: We can't let them separate us!
YarnKittymon: : ::the man finds a candy tin and opens it, then tries to shake the ladies out with no further ado::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::tries to hold onto Toby::
Maeve34: MV: ::doesn't have anything to hold onto, so she slips out of the jar:::
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald tries to reach for Maeve, and falls too::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::can't get a grip on the inside of the jar; slides down, getting rather sticky, and gets ahold of the jar's lip, dangling helplessly::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::her grip slips and she falls:
YarnKittymon: : ::the man rights the jar again; Toby falls to the bottom of it, hard::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man grabs Oswald rather unceremoniously, before he can make them big again, and drops him back in with Toby, sealing the jar::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man puts the lid on the candy tin, and it's dark inside::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::groans:: I think i hurt my wrist when i fell this time, i'm really starting to hate all this being tossed about]
YarnKittymon: TY: ::tries to melt through the glass, but succeeds in nothing but getting his hand stickier; suddenlly sits down, feeling the pain of his injuries::
Maeve34: MV: :::holds out her hand and conentrates on making a tiny fireball appear to use for light::: I feel for you. My knee is going to disconnect itself from my boddy and disown me.
YarnKittymon: : ::Becky and Maeve feel themselves moving again, though the woman seems to be working hard to keep the tin level; it smells of mint inside::
Maeve34: MV: :::smirks::: Well, at least she is more gentle.
Quantum Catz: BM: Would've been nice if she'd kept us all together though
Maeve34: MV: Yes, that would have been nice. I just hope she isn't taking us too far away.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: Yeah
YarnKittymon: : ::it's about ten minutes before they stop moving; the lid opens, and the find some rather sickly indirect light shining down upon them, so sickly it probably doesn't take their eyes much time to adjust::
Maeve34: MV: :::closes her fist quickly, putting out the fireball.:::
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman leans down close to look at them--so close they can see her pores::
Maeve34: MV: :::frowns::: Yes? Can I help you? What are you looking at it anyway! :::tries to claw at the woman's eyes::: Let me out of here!
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman shies back, afraid and yet amused:: You must be Irish...
Maeve34: MV: :::glares at the woman:::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sits down and sighs::
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman's still smiling, though a little less so:: Are you little people? Do you grant wishes?
Maeve34: MV: ::smirks::: Sure. Want a knew face job? Just come a little closer.
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman frowns:: Are you hungry?
Maeve34: MV: Unless you have chocolate, I dont want anything from you.
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman shakes her head, frowning again:: What about the quiet one?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::mutters:: I'm fine - and we do have names, you know
YarnKittymon: : Oh? What are they?
Maeve34: MV: :::She looks away angrily. Crossing her arms and glaring at the side of the can:::
Quantum Catz: BM: Don't see how it should interest you anyway - we're going to escape from here as soon as we can
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman turns pale:: Is that what you want?
Maeve34: MV: :::turns her angry glare on the woman::: What do you think!? We're not some little toys to be sold at a store!
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sarcastically:: Not that this isn't a great place to live of course
Maeve34: MV: :::just as sarcastically::: Oh yes! I've always wanted to live in a tin can!
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman looks away:: I paid everything I have for you.
YarnKittymon: : ::timidly:: Are you...human?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::wryly:: No, we're rats
Maeve34: MV: :::bitterly::: No! Of course not! We only look it.
YarnKittymon: : ::slowly:: So...there's a spell on you?
Maeve34: MV: :::nods::: And if we dont get back to our friends... :::pauses, making tears spring to her eyes::: We all may die.
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman's silent for a long time, obviously considering; finally, softly:: What do you need from me?
Maeve34: MV: :::she looks up at the woman pleadingly::: We need you to take us back to our friends. Get us out of this jar and put us back where you found us. Then maybe, just maybe, we'll survive.
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman glares:: Do you know how much I paid for you? I could've bought two cars! Do you think I'll let him have you back, and keep you in a jelly jar?
Maeve34: MV: No! You cant let him keep us! We need the forest... without it... there wont be no us. :::she looks over at Becky, telling her with her eyes to play along::: If you put us back there, I promise we'll stay some place where you can see us everyday.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::softly:: I'm already starting to feel so tired...i don't know how long we can last, trapped like this
Maeve34: MV: :::nods::: See! It's already starting! And who knows how the other ones are faring. :::she starts to cough a little:::
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman curses under her breath, intending them not to hear, but since they're so small, it still sounds pretty loud:: You're probably lying, you know. How am I supposed to get the others?
Quantum Catz: BM: If we can just be together for a few seconds we can do the rest
YarnKittymon: : But you *were* together.
Quantum Catz: BM: *trapped* in a jar though, we need to be outside of it
Maeve34: MV: :::nods, coughing a little. She lays her head against the side of the tin and closes her eyes:::
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman sighs; softly:: If I help you, can you get my money back?
Maeve34: MV: Yes, after all, it would be the least we can do since you will be saving our lives.
YarnKittymon: : ::quietly:: It's probably a lie. Don't fall. ::picks up the tin, leaving the lid off::
Maeve34: MV: :::she sighs heavily, and bites her lip to keep from smiling:::
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman talks as she walks, as if to herself:: I'm not a fool, but you're nearly human, and slavery and imprisonment are illegal. ::pauses:: Well, I *am* a fool; I haven't the money to pay my rent, now.
Maeve34: MV: :::grumbles::: I wish everyone was so against slavery and imprisonment.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs::
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman sighs too, then climbs a few flights of stairs; knocks on the door, her face scarlet::
YarnKittymon: : ::after a minute, the man opens it, glaring at the woman:: No refunds.
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman shakes her head:: No...my people just wanted...companionship...please let them see the men. I promise, I'll give you half of their offspring.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::covers her face with her hands, biting back a sarcastic comment::
Maeve34: MV: ::::wrinkes her nose:::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man frowns, shaking his head::
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman flushes even brighter:: Please! We can watch!
Maeve34: MV: ::her mouth opens in horror::: Okay, now that is just... sick.
YarnKittymon: : ::the man just looks puzzled:: What's wrong with you, woman?
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman sighs, handing the tin to the man:: Fine. Take them back. I can't bear to see them separated.
Maeve34: MV: :::bangs her head against the tin, whispering::: Can they take any longer deciding what is going to be done with us?
YarnKittymon: : ::the man looks puzzled:: Is this some sort of trick? ::goes to drop Becky and Maeve back into the jar::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::shrugs:: I guess it doesn't really matter to them how long we spend in this stupid tin
Maeve34: MV: :::shrieks::: No! not back in the jar! We'll die! :::claws at the side of the can:::
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman screams and grabs the jar from the man, tilting it so that Toby and Oswald go sliding into the candy tin::
Maeve34: MV: :::covers her head to avoid being creamed and scrunches herself against the side of the tin:::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::lands hard, next to Becky; looks up at her, weakly:: "Companionship," huh?
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald looks rather dazed after he lands::
Maeve34: MV: ::::wryly::: We were aiming for something else, but hey, as long as it worked.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles weakly at Toby and then looks at Oswald:: Can you make us big again now?
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald nods weakly, concentrating; the world around them seems to shrink, so quickly it's almost enough to make them nauseous::
Maeve34: MV: :::after overcoming her motion sickness, she slowly got to her feet, balancing on one leg. When she traightened up, she pulled her right fist back and attempted to sucker punch the man::::
YarnKittymon: : ::the man falls like a sack of flour::
Maeve34: MV: :::she loses her balance and falls, shaking her bruised fist::: Now I think we're even.
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman steps back several steps, looking pale::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles weakly at Maeve and then turns to Toby:: Are you okay?
Maeve34: MV: :::smirks at the woman::: You get off on the account of good behavior.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::nods slightly, cringing; his shoulder's a little bloodied, but other than that, he doesn't look that much worse:: Are you?
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman blinks:: You promised...
Quantum Catz: BM: Yeah, i'll be fine
Maeve34: MV: :::she grabs onto the table and tries to pull herself up again. Once standing she looks down at the man.::: Oh, and give this woman back her money or I'll roast ya.
YarnKittymon: : ::the man doesn't move::
Maeve34: MV: :::holds out her hand and forms a fireball::: You dont want to test my patience after being locked up.
YarnKittymon: : ::the man still doesn't move; his eyes are closed::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::softly:: I think you knocked him out
Maeve34: MV: :::kicks him::: hey! wake up!
YarnKittymon: : ::the man groans slightly, but is otherwise unresponsive::
Maeve34: MV: :::rolls her eyes and puts out the fireball. She lowers herself back to the floor and leans over the man, patting his pockets down, checking for the money:::
YarnKittymon: : ::there's a wallet in his front left pocket::
Maeve34: MV: :::she pulls it out and opens it up:::
YarnKittymon: : ::there's $510 inside::
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald frowns:: Let's just get out of here; we don't need to pickpocket.
Maeve34: MV: :::she looks up at the woman:: How much did you pay him?
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman blinks:: Five hundred dollars; remember?
Maeve34: MV: :::nods::: Right. :::pulls out the 500 and hands them to her::: There you go. As promised.
YarnKittymon: : ::the woman takes the money, not counting it, eyes wide; after a couple moments of staring, she scurries off without another word::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::wryly:: Well that got rid of her
Maeve34: MV: :::brushes her hands together::: yep, now I suppose we can get out of here. :::gets to her feet again, trying to avoid hurting her knee:::
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald offers to help Maeve walk::
Maeve34: MV: :::she almost declines but thinks better of it and accepts the offer:::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::takes Becky's hand; he's still quite sticky::
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald puts Maeve's arm over his shoulder, walking slowly:: We'll go back to my apartment; you can wash up a little there.
Maeve34: MV: :::nods, wincing::: That would be nice, I smell like mint and jelly. And I'm a little sticky.
YarnKittymon: : ::weakly:: We haven't any lamb, though.
Maeve34: MV: :::frowns::: That's fine, I dont really like lamb. :::she looks a little confused:::
YarnKittymon: : ::softly:: Keep your eyes out for Mercy, will you? I don't know where she's run off to...
Maeve34: MV: :::she nods, and glances around her:::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: I'm so tired
Maeve34: MV: :::yawns::: Yeah, I could go for a nice soft bed.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::is walking with a bit of a limp; softly:: We can sleep as soon as we get to his place, I guess....I hope he has a dropcloth so we don't ruin the floor.
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald looks around, nodding; quietly:: We're not far, really.
Maeve34: MV: :::grumbles::: I feel like I've been run over by a car.
YarnKittymon: : ::they don't see Mercy, but they don't get assaulted, either, though a few people seem wonder why the strangers are so purple; they get up to Oswald's tiny apartment; it's only three rooms, rahter cramped with just the four of them in it; no one else is home::
YarnKittymon: : ::Oswald looks at them; softly:: Bathroom's down the hall. ::motioning to the hallway they just came in from:: Make yourselves at home.

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