~Wednesday, December 16, 1931~

YarnKittymon: TY: ::is out shopping for Lu, not really feeling in the mood to make her anything; he's just come out of the jewelry store, where he bought a rather nice gold chain and pendant::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::stayed over at Libby's the night before, too upset to be surrounded by all the reminders of Toby at her house, but when she got up she couldn't stand to just stay there, doing nothing, so she got up and decided to go for a walk, although she didn't know where to::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::stops in his tracks when he sees Becky there, struck again by how pretty she is, and not in the showy way Lu is, either::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::hesitates when she sees Toby and promptly decides that she's going to the orphanage - far enough away that there isn't any chance of running into him. She looks at him for a moment, a tight feeling in her chest, and then looks down, and starts to walk towards him, since she has to go past him to leave the town for the orphanage::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::steps aside so Becky can pass, though he can't help but look at her as she nears him--belatedly, to try to be polite, he reflexively says:: Hey; how you doing?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::coldly:: How do you think?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::quietly:: I know...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: Yeah, well, don't ask stupid questions then
YarnKittymon: TY: Sorry.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::turns to go but she suddenly turns back, unable to stop herself from asking:: *Why*? Why her? Why any of this? Maybe i did hurt you when i left but i was honestly trying to make things better ::looks down::
YarnKittymon: TY: Would it make you feel better if I said she seduced me? She *did*--I was lonely and I'd just been around this whole *island* looking for you, and she kissed me, and I...I couldn't stop it. I know it was wrong but it's too
YarnKittymon: late now.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::for a moment Becky doesn't say anything and then she says, trying hard to stay calm:: A couple of nights ago i got really drunk, so drunk i could barely think or move....i ended up back at this guy's flat...on his bed...but th
Quantum Catz: e minute he started to move my top and he-- ::hesitates and then says:: I guess my body'll always belong to you, whether you made it or not
Quantum Catz: Whether it matters to you or not...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::cringes, looking rather hurt; softly:: I *want* you to be happy, Becky...and I wish I could be the one...and I wish I hadn't been with her...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::wryly:: And here was me believing Fiona when she said it would be okay - but then maybe it's all just my fault for leaving like your wonderful wife kept saying
YarnKittymon: TY: ::rather suddenly, and quietly:: Do you want me to get a divorce?
Quantum Catz: BM: How would that change what you did? I know i probably hurt you by leaving, and i know you've probably gone through a lot - but you can't believe that this isn't hurting me
YarnKittymon: TY: ::quickly:: I *know* it's hurting you, and I know I promised her forever...::sighs; softly:: I guess it doesn't matter. Even if I swore to the courts I beat her or something, if she didn't want to get divorced too it'd
YarnKittymon: never go through.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::wryly:: Well she seemed pretty happy to have her claws into you. ::sighs:: But even if you did get divorced i don't think we could ever go back to the way we were ::winces, feeling the need to cry again::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: I know. But...if you ever thought it would...::exhales deeply::
Quantum Catz: BM: Even if i did i wouldn't ask you to divorce her - that has to be something you do for you, not me
YarnKittymon: TY: ::shakes his head:: I know you don't think the same way I do...but I'd just as soon not commit a major sin unless I know it'll be worth it.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::darkly:: Ouch, Toby. 'Make it worth my while and i'll leave the woman i cheated on you with and come back to you.'
Maeve Owens: ((but you were on a break!!! ))
YarnKittymon: ((LOL))
Maeve Owens: ((sorry... had to... ))
Maeve Owens: (( ::bites nails:: ))
Quantum Catz: ((lol - and that excuse worked so well for ross :P))
YarnKittymon: TY: ::glares at Becky:: I love you! I want to spend my life with you! But...should I really break *another* promise, just in case you might someday decide to forgive me?
Maeve Owens: ((YES! someone who gets it! ))
Quantum Catz: BM: :snaps:: If you really wanted to spend your life with me you wouldn't be *married* to her!
YarnKittymon: TY: It's not like being an unwed mother's the fashionable thing to do now. I wasn't going to leave her like that.
Quantum Catz: BM: That's not what i meant and you know it - you and i were together for three years and you managed to not get me pregnant ::coldly:: Of course they do say abstinence is the best contraceptive
YarnKittymon: TY: ::shakes his head:: I did the same thing I do with you. If I'm upset sometimes my sleeves waver...maybe....::shakes his head:: Or maybe I just gave you a defective body. Maybe you can't even have kids.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::suddenly bursts into tears, covering her face in her hands:: You bastard....! You-- ::keeps on crying::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks rather shocked; very quietly:: I didn't mean...
Quantum Catz: BM: You'll never know how much you've-- God, why does it have to be like this? ::presses her palms against her eyes in a desperate attempt to stop her tears::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::forms a half-dozen handkerchiefs for Becky and tries to hand them to her; softly:: If I...made your body wrong...I'll fix it, I promise.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::pushes his hand away; snaps:: My body's fine, okay?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks down; very quietly:: I can't change the past. Is there...*anything* I can do?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::is still hurriedly wiping away at tears, although she's calmed down a bit:: Just go back to your wife and don't expect me to ask you to come back to me...cos i can't
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: I know. ::sighs, looking rather longingly at Becky:: Just don't expect me to be happy with her.
Quantum Catz: BM: Well that's your fault not mine - if you were gonna cheat on me with someone you could've at least picked a woman who wasn't such a complete-- ::stops before she finishes her insult, too tired to snipe over it::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::murmurs:: Why am I scared of hell anyway? This is pretty close.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::shrugs:: You did it to yourself
YarnKittymon: TY: ::turns away, not replying, intending to go back home and try to see if he can somehow love his wife::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::just wishes she could reach out and tell him not to go and for a moment she can't hide that feeling, though she quickly turns away to head for the orphanage::

YarnKittymon: DN: ::just about runs Becky over on her way to the orphanage, narrowly avoiding hitting her; looks up at Becky, who he hasn't seen much of in the past day:: I was chasing a rabbit.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::is still sniffling and tries hard to hide her tears; smiles weakly::Sorry i got in the way
YarnKittymon: DN: ::softly:: I'm glad you're in the way. You're not gonna leave again, are you? I wouldn't trade you for a dozen rabbits.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::wipes a tear away and smiles:: Course i'm not - i'm back for good this time - i promise
YarnKittymon: DN: What are you crying for? ::bristles:: Toby?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: It's okay. I just...wish things could've been different
YarnKittymon: DN: ::pauses:: He's not nice enough for you. Lu's nice, though.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks at Daniel, not quite believing that:: She is?
YarnKittymon: DN: She came in when me and Toby were sick and took care of us, and sometimes she buys me fish. And she says how cute I am. ::frowns a little:: I guess she thinks I'm just a kitten, but she talks to me sometimes.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles wearily:: I'm glad someone was there to look after you ::although there's a look in her eye that implies she'd rather it wasn't Lu::
YarnKittymon: DN: ::quietly:: Toby was nice to me too, but I still don't like him much. That's why I went to live with Libby once he moved back to his house.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: Yeah, well, i guess it doesn't matter much anymore...he might not be staying here much longer
YarnKittymon: DN: ::surprised:: Lu too?
Quantum Catz: BM: Yeah
YarnKittymon: DN: ::looking rather cross:: It's Toby's fault, then. It's always his fault. It's his fault you left too.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::is a bit tempted to blame toby too but she looks down:: No...they lost their baby, Dan - it's maybe better for them to get a fresh start
YarnKittymon: DN: ::looks rather surprised:: What baby? They didn't have a baby. Didn't smell a baby, anyway. Did it get lost in the forest?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::shakes her head:: Lu was pregnant
YarnKittymon: DN: ::looks rather puzzled:: No she wasn't. I don't think.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks confused:: You don't think?
YarnKittymon: DN: ::frowns, looking down:: She still smelled like blood sometimes. When Mrs. Maple had a baby she didn't.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::bites her lip, suddenly just feeling exceptionally sorry for Toby:: Are you sure?
YarnKittymon: DN: ::ears go back:: I *think* so. I'm not a doctor, though. She went to the doctor a lot. Maybe the baby was sick.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::uncertainly:: Maybe...
YarnKittymon: DN: ::rubs his head up against Becky's leg:: What's wrong?
Quantum Catz: BM: If she wasn't pregnant...then she lied about it to Toby...you didn't see how upset he was...
YarnKittymon: DN: ::slowly:: Oh. ::tail goes down:: So she's not nice?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: I don't know...maybe the baby was just ill ::hesitates:: But maybe i should just ask her
YarnKittymon: DN: ::looks back towards town:: I'll walk with you.
Quantum Catz: BM: No, i want to know now, i'l see you later, okay, Dan?
YarnKittymon: DN: ::mrrs:: 'Bye.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::leans down to kiss the top of his head, though she looks concerns, and then teleports to wherever Lu is::
Maeve Owens: LU: ::she's standing at her kitchen sink putting away dishes, her back to Becky::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::softly, knowing lu probably hasn't noticed her:: I just want to know one thing...
Maeve Owens: LU: ::she gasps, losing her grip on one of the plates and hits the bottom of the sink, shattering into a million pieces. She whirls around to face Becky, giving her a dark look:: I thought I told you to never come here again?
Quantum Catz: BM: Were you really pregnant?
Maeve Owens: LU: ::Her mouth drops open in surprise. After a moment she replies angrily:: Of course I was! What kind of question is that? How dare you come in here and ask me such a thing!
Quantum Catz: BM: Because Dan said he couldn't smell it on you, that's why
Maeve Owens: LU: ::shrugs:: He's just a kid. What does he know about it? Honeslty... coming in here like that after all thats happened. Have you no heart at all?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks uncertain:: He might be young but that doesn't mean he doesn't know what he can smell
Maeve Owens: LU: ::shrugs again:: Well, he was mistaken.
Quantum Catz: BM: Do you know how much it hurt Toby? Do you even care how upset he is? Cos you don't seem all that bad
Maeve Owens: LU: ::narrows her eyes at Becky:: Of course I was! I was devestated! But life goes on you know? I had to get better so that I could better help Toby through it. ::with a slight edge to her voice:: Now would you please get out here.
Quantum Catz: BM: you seem to be doing a good job - he was locked in the nursery and refusing to talk to you yesterday
Maeve Owens: LU: ::coldly:: Yes, well that was yesterday.
Quantum Catz: BM: yeah, today he's not even home
Maeve Owens: LU: ::shrugs:: Its not like he is chained to this house or anything.
Quantum Catz: BM: I know that...but if you hurt him, if you've done anything to deceive him...he won't *need* to divorce you...
Maeve Owens: LU: ::angrily:: Is that a threat?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles rather wearily:: No, it's a promise
Maeve Owens: LU: ::smirks:: I'm not afraid of you.
Quantum Catz: BM: Well maybe you don't know me well enough then
Maeve Owens: LU: ::she shrugs again and goes back to washing dishes:: You can show yourself out cant you?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::softly:: All i'd have to do is ask him and Toby would divorce you...maybe you should think of that before you go getting too sure of yourself
Maeve Owens: LU: ::looks at Becky, wide eyed:: He wouldn't he promised he wouldn't leave me after what happened... ::her expression hardens again:: And I thought I told you to get out!
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: If i was sure you weren't lying you wouldn't ever see me again for dust ::teleports away but only as far as down the street from Toby's house, since she's still recovering her energy::

Maeve Owens: MV: ::she is sitting at table at one of Marquis's outside restaurants, absently swirling the ice cubes in her drink around with her straw. She seems lost in thought and isn't paying attention to the people around her::
YarnKittymon: GU: ::is across the table from Maeve, having recently returned from another case--about a month ago, he made Marquis his headquarters after all; he smiles slightly at Maeve, his blue eyes shining in his dark face::
YarnKittymon: I know it's a warm day, but did you really need a cold drink?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her head pops up and she looks at him quizzically:: Opposed to ordering a hot drink to make me even more hotter?
YarnKittymon: GU: ::shrugs:: It's nine days until Christmas. Seems a bit unseasonable.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smiles:: Well, then find me someone who can make it snow and I'll order hot chocolate.
YarnKittymon: GU: ::grins:: Not that hard, but he's in prison now.
Maeve Owens: MV: Oh? What did you manage to solve this time?
YarnKittymon: GU: ::still smiling:: Murder in Marquette. Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smirks:: Murder never has a nice ring to it...
YarnKittymon: GU: *Anyway,* this man murdered his wife two years ago and burned the body. But no one had any idea any of it had happened, because he could create illusions. He'd be sitting in church with his wife by his side the whole time!
YarnKittymon: She didn't talk much, of course; that's how I figured it out.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::frowns:: But if no one knew she was missing then why were you looking?
YarnKittymon: GU: ::frowns:: The poor woman's sister thought she was being abused, since her husband wouldn't let her out without him.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::nods:: Ooooh. So how did you go about proving it? Did you confront him outright or what?
YarnKittymon: GU: I set about looking around the house, trying to see anything--anything at all. But the woman just wasn't there, nowhere at all.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::motioning with her hand for him to continue:: And...?
YarnKittymon: GU: Well, we still saw her when he went shopping--and it was only a matter of scaring him enough to disrupt the illusion.
Maeve Owens: MV: Ah. How'd ya scare him?
YarnKittymon: GU: ::laughs:: I got together with the local guards and robbed him.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::laughs:: Oh my...
YarnKittymon: GU: ::grins, then sobers a little:: It makes you think sometimes, though. People lie all the time, but on this island....maybe this whole town's imaginary.
Maeve Owens: MV: Not sure I would want to think about *that*. If the things that happen to people are someone's idea of an imaginary world then I want out of their imagination.
YarnKittymon: GU: ::smirks:: The strangest thing of all--I thought--was that this wife was apparently with child, about six months along. Heaven knows how he thought he'd illusion a kid out of nothing.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smirks:: Oh I dont know? Claim miscarriage... ::her voice trails off and she frowns::
YarnKittymon: GU: ::not really noticing Maeve's expression:: But what would have have to gain from it?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::still frowning, her thoughts returning to where they had been before the discussion started:: Money? Everything their heart desired?
YarnKittymon: GU: ::frowns:: He's a *man.* What good would it be to have a baby to carry on the family line, if he couldn't exist outside your sight?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she's still frowning, trying to piece something together that just doesnt want to fit, she shakes her head:: If he had her miscarry then he wouldnt have to worry about making the baby an illusion and therefor wouldnt have to
Maeve Owens: worry when it came time for her to have it...
YarnKittymon: GU: ::suddenly, snaps his fingers:: Or maybe he was planning to have his wife die in labor. ::grins:: I think you got it, Maeve!
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her eyes widen:: I did? ::goes back to frowning::
YarnKittymon: GU: Of course, the only doctor on the island who'd even think of letting a man in the delivery room is Dr. Manners here. Do you think he might have been involved?
Maeve Owens: MV: Not if he thought it was an illusion as well... unless you cant *touch* these illusions.
YarnKittymon: GU: ::frowns:: But the moment this man left his wife's side, she'd vanish. He'd *have* to be by her side. ::stands up:: I've got to ask the guards if they saw anyone like that couple. ::puts some coins down on the table::
Maeve Owens: MV: You lost me. You just said Manners would let him into the delivery room... if so then why would the husband half to leave his "wife"? And if so, then Manners would never have to know. ::stands up as well::
YarnKittymon: GU: ::looks back at Maeve:: It's my own curiosity, I guess. ::pauses:: And you're right; she might have just done it at home, away from doctors. But I'd still like to know.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::nods:: We dont know much about this Manners guy... I'm curious... can I tag along?
YarnKittymon: GU: ::smirks:: You really want to go to an interrogation? You might not like it much.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::shrugs:: Been through worse conversations I'm sure.
YarnKittymon: GU: ::takes Maeve's arm:: All right. I'll try not to use any crude language, then.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::laughs:: Oh please, if I'm going to witness it I might as well witness the *real* deal. No need to sugar coat it. ::grins:: Not that foregoing the crude language isn't a good thing.
YarnKittymon: GU: ::grins, walking quickly towards the doctor's office:: Try not to laugh, all right?
Maeve Owens: MV: Me? Laugh? Never... I promise... not a word. ::bites the inside of her lip::
YarnKittymon: GU: ::knocks several times on the doctor's door:: Doctor Manners? Open up! I know you're in there!
Maeve Owens: MV: ::looks a little surprised and more like she wants to say something about his style of interrogating people::
YarnKittymon: GU: ::ignores Maeve, pounding on the door again:: Look, we know what you've done, Doctor Manners. I'm just here to help you stay out of trouble.
Maeve Owens: FM: ::he opens the door, looking rather pale:: I... dont know what you're getting at young man but I dont like people yelling accusations at my door. ::he glances nervously between the two people in front of him:: Would you care to
Maeve Owens: step into my office?
YarnKittymon: GU: ::glaring:: Gladly. ::walks in; before the door's even closed:: How much do you charge to lie about a failed delivery?
Maeve Owens: FM: ::pales even more, tugging at the already loose tie around his neck:: I haven't charged a thing... ::he grimaces, his guilty mind not letting him think clearly::
YarnKittymon: GU: That's not what I asked, is it? Maybe it's not money; fine. What, then?
Maeve Owens: FM: ::his mouth works up and down, trying to form a logical answer but the guilt thats been weighing heavily on him for so long is demanding to be released:: She said if I didn't she'd ruin me. ::shakes his head::
YarnKittymon: GU: ::steps closer to Floyd:: "She" who?
Maeve Owens: FM: ::glances back at Maeve for a moment before looking at Guy:: Well, uh dont you know? You came asking? ::frowns:: Then again just who are you anyway?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she stands there, watching the exchange quietly::
YarnKittymon: GU: ::frowns:: Guy Stowe, and I'm the one asking questions, about a crime. I'll try to get you out easy if you explain yourself.
Maeve Owens: FM: ::nods:: Ah, so you're the private detective all the old women have been raving about.
YarnKittymon: GU: ::sarcastically:: Funny. Listen, wise guy, I'm starting to lose my patience. ::eyes widen, and he looks at Maeve:: Your friend's wife...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods:: Well? Arent you going to press him for answers?
YarnKittymon: GU: ::glares at Floyd:: What was her name? Lucy? What about her? I'll ruin you as soon as she will, Doctor Manners.
Maeve Owens: FM: ::sighs:: I dont know how much longer I can live with myself anyway. ::shakes his head, looking down at the floor, yet he cant bring himself to voice the words::
YarnKittymon: GU: ::grabs Floyd by the collar:: Doctor Manners.
Maeve Owens: FM: ::tries to pull away from Guy:: Fine! Mrs. Hamilton ::cringes at the name:: came to me with some...things... she'd accuse me of if I failed to go along with her plan. I didn't want to lose my practice.
YarnKittymon: GU: ::drops Floyd, looking rather disgusted:: And what was her plan?
Maeve Owens: FM: ::softly:: She wanted to fake a pregnancy.
YarnKittymon: GU: How did you help her?
Maeve Owens: FM: ::he stays silent, once again unable to bring himself to vocalize it::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::theres fire in her eyes as she approaches the man:: So you caved because you were scared of one woman? Gee doctor, did she have proof of these things against you?
Maeve Owens: FM: ::shakes his head:: Of course not... but people had.. .seen us together. ::quickly:: I hadn't known she was Toby's wife back then.
YarnKittymon: GU: ::smiles at Maeve, then looks back coldly at the doctor:: Is that all. To think; if you'd just been a gentleman this wouldn't've happened.
Maeve Owens: FM: ::shrugs:: So what are you going to do about it now?
YarnKittymon: GU: Adultery is a crime, Doctor Manners, if Mr. Hamilton wishes to press charges.
Maeve Owens: FM: ::surprised:: But I had no idea she was his *wife*! She said her name was Lu Dessey... ::looks over at Maeve for some compassion::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::shakes her head, glaring coldly at the doctor:: Toby needs to know what kind of woman he's married to and what kind of doctor he has for a friend.
YarnKittymon: GU: ::nods; quietly, with a rather vengeful smirk:: Don't worry, Doctor Manners. We'll only tell two people in town. Mr. Hamilton and Mrs. Caradson.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::cant help but laugh at Mrs. Caradson's name but she sobers quickly::
Maeve Owens: FM: ::he on the other hand looks horrified at the mention of the town's gossip and if possible he turns even more pale::
YarnKittymon: GU: Do you have anything else to say, Doctor Manners?
Maeve Owens: FM: ::shakes his head, looking rather numb now::
YarnKittymon: GU: ::turns away, shaking his head:: Do you really think it would've ruined your practice? Covering it up was worse, wasn't it?
Maeve Owens: FM: ::theres a long pause before he speaks quietly:: Well, look what she did to Toby... god knows what else the woman is capable of but no, I guess it really wasn't. ::looks down at the ground once more::
YarnKittymon: GU: ::nods:: Good day, Doctor Manners. ::leaves, holding the door for Maeve, his face lit up in exhiliaration::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she walks out, looking rather worried and anxious:: Toby needs to know, I just dont feel like its my place to stick my nose in... he snapped at me once for doing it. ::frowns::
YarnKittymon: GU: ::very quietly, once they're out of earshot:: He must be told. If he doesn't mind, we'll tell Mrs. Caradson as well, but it's really his choice. I just wanted to get a reaction from the doctor. ::laughs::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smiles weakly:: I couldn't help but laugh as well and I was hoping that was all you were doing. The look on his face was priceless.
YarnKittymon: GU: ::grins:: There's nothing I like more than tormenting the guilty.
Maeve Owens: MV: When we first met her I couldn't believe Toby had married her. She really sunk her claws into him but good. ::shakes her head::
YarnKittymon: GU: Are you going to tell him, or should I go with you?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::shrugs:: I have no idea.. I'm really bad at this kind of thing. I always end up doing the wrong thing and everyone gets mad at me. Then he might be even more upset if he had an audience. ::sighs:: Or maybe I should just go get
Maeve Owens: Becky...
YarnKittymon: GU: Becky? ::has to think back to remember what Maeve's said about her:: I don't know. You know them better than I do.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smiles weakly:: Yeah, Becky is the one he really loves but she disappeared a while back before all this started. She's back now though. He might take it better from her... or she may just snap at me again because this isn't ex
Maeve Owens: actly good news either.
YarnKittymon: GU: ::smiles weakly:: I'll tell her if you like.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::nods:: Then they cant think I was snooping into their affairs... but thats gotta heart hearing it from a complete stranger... maybe I should go tell Libby.
YarnKittymon: GU: They shouldn't hear it third-hand either. Maybe you should go right to them.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::groans:: Fine.. but if I get yeld at I'm coming after you.
YarnKittymon: GU: ::smiles:: Fair enough. Let me know how it goes.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::takes a deep breath and lets it out, nodding:: Okay, but I might not have to... if you hear shouts and cries of pain you'll pretty much know.
YarnKittymon: GU: ::grins:: Shouts from whom? ::stops still when he sees a girl appear just down the street::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::rubs her forehead, looking rather weary::
Maeve Owens: MV: Me? Lu? Its a toss up... ::she follows his gaze down the street and sighs when she recognizes who it is:: And that would be Becky.
YarnKittymon: GU: I see. ::walks a touch faster::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::looking uneasy, she follows him towards Becky::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::notices Maeve and smiles weakly:: You look about as cheerful as i feel
YarnKittymon: GU: ::doesn't smile at all, suddenly looking pretty serious::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smiles uneasily at her:: Yeah.. well... ::sighs looking away, and having no idea where to start::
Quantum Catz: BM: Don't tell me you've got something else to throw at me - i just had Dan saying he didn't think Lu had ever been pregnant
Maeve Owens: MV: ::her eyes widen and she gulps:: Well, I thought I had but I guess I have nothing *new* to throw at you... ::winces::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::Frowns:: What d'you mean? You mean it's true?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she nods, glancing down at the ground:: I only just now found out. I'm sorry...
Quantum Catz: BM: How...?
Maeve Owens: MV: We um, we went to speak to Dr. Manners about another woman's pregnancy but he thought we were talking about Lu and he spilled everything. The woman blackmailed him into lying for her.
YarnKittymon: GU: ::nods::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks down:: I wasn't sure if she was lying or not...
YarnKittymon: GU: ::quietly:: I don't think the doctor was lying to us, and if you trust Daniel's guess, I'd say you can be sure.
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she still looks a little uneasy but she keeps quiet::
Quantum Catz: BM: But... ::looks at Maeve:: But...Toby's devastated about losing this baby...how are we supposed to tell him it never existed?
Maeve Owens: MV: I have no idea Becky, its not going to be easy but he has the right to know. Someone has to tell him and I think if you were there at least he might have someone to hold onto...
Quantum Catz: BM: But I... ::looks down, wrapping her arms around herself:: I guess...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smiles weakly:: If you want me there I'll go but... ::she winces, knowing thats not the problem:: I'm sorry...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: I don't know where he is...he was out before and he hasn't gone home...
Maeve Owens: MV: Someone in town might have seen him.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::winces:: Couldn't we just force Lu to admit it to him herself or something...at least then I...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::looks up to Guy:: We'd have to get Dr. Manners to approach the both of them... ::glances back at Becky:: I doubt she'd cave without proof.
YarnKittymon: GU: I don't think he'd be too happy to do that, but if we could get them both to his office we could give it a try.
Quantum Catz: BM: No...if he found out we knew before that...he'd just be even more hurt
Maeve Owens: MV: ::nods::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: I guess we'd better look for him then
YarnKittymon: GU: ::smiles slightly:: You ladies leave it to me. I'm a private eye, after all; I think I should be able to find a fella.
Maeve Owens: MV: Yes well... I'm not sure about *all* of us barging in on the poor guy...
Quantum Catz: BM: ::wearily:: Especially since i'm just after practically telling him to bugger off back to Lu
Maeve Owens: MV: I wont abondone you unless you want me to but I think no matter what you'd be more of a comfort to him than any of us... I mean... well... :::sighs:::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks down:: Right now i just really wish there was someone else. ::takes a deep breath:: We'd better get looking though
Maeve Owens: MV: ::gives her a sympathetic look:: Do you really want there to be someone else Becky? I'm not forcing you to talk to him against your will am I? ::glances around:: And heck, he could be over at the pub again.
Quantum Catz: BM: He could be - i wasn't exactly nice to him earlier
Maeve Owens: MV: ::sighs:: Well, lets go then. ::heads off in the direction of the bar::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::follows after her::
YarnKittymon: GU: ::follows them at a slight distance, not sure if his presence is particularly helpful::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::is sitting at the far corner of the bar, looking down into half a beer; he hasn't said more than two words to anyone in the place::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she walks in, scanning the bar for Toby. When she spots him she points him out to Becky and waits for her to take the lead::
Quantum Catz: JK: ::has been glancing over at Toby every few minutes since he came in, since it's clear the guy's miserable, though when he notices Becky he wonders if things are going to get worse or better for the guy::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs and moves towards Toby:: Toby...I...need to talk to you...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she follows at a safe distance::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks back at Becky; quietly:: I know. I'm a horrible person. You don't need to remind me again.
Quantum Catz: BM: I...that wasn't what i came here to say...and you're not a horrible person...but i can't help but be angry with you ::sighs and looks down as she sits opposite him:: It's not... ::winces and glances at Maeve for support::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::takes a deep breath and inches closer, smiling encouragingly at Becky; whispering so only she could hear:: You want him to hear it from me and then you pick up the pieces? ::smiles a little::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::shakes her head slightly and sighs but can only manage to say in bits, too worried about Toby's reaction:: Dan said Lu didn't---...and the doctor, he told Maeve and this detective guy that he'd helped... ::trails off, looking ill::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly, looking a little worried now:: What are you saying?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::glances at Maeve again, half-hoping that she'll voice the words so becky doesn't have to::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she takes the hint, taking a cautious step closer until she's standing right beside her. She fixes Toby with a sad expression:: What Becky is trying to say is that while me and Guy were pressing Dr. Manners for answers about another couple, he let it slip that Lu had blackmailed him into...
Maeve Owens: ::she pauses for a moment and then more gently:: covering up the fact that the pregnancy was a sham. I'm sorry Toby.. ::looks over at Becky helplessly and sure someone is going to snap at her again::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::stares at Maeve, then back at Becky; when he finds his voice again:: What?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she looks to Becky to see if she wants her to respond::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::softly:: Dan told me that Lu had never smelled like she was pregnant to him....
YarnKittymon: TY: ::just shakes his head, then pulls a gold coin from his pocket and sets it on the bar, and then steps past them towards the exit::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::stands up; weakly:: Toby, wait...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::turns to look back at Becky--his eyes have lost most of their despair, and he now looks like someone you wouldn't want to mess with, though his expression softens a little once he's looked at her for a couple seconds::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she hangs back, not wanting to intrude but she's there if they need her for any reason::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::uncertainly since she saw the expression on his face:: Where're...what're you going to do?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::with a little coldness in his voice:: Off to see the doctor. Then my wife.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::winces at the last word, although she knows it's not really the time for self-pity:: Do you want...me or Maeve to come with you? ::although she doesn't relish the idea of being there when Toby confronts Lu::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::just shakes his head, and walks out of the bar, heading off to Floyd's office::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::falls back into her seat, covering her face in her hands:: Why do things have to be so complicated?
YarnKittymon: GU: ::softly:: I hope there's not another murder for me to solve here today.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::tries Floyd's door without knocking, a rather furious look in his eyes::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::winces:: He wouldn't go that far ::looks at Maeve:: Right...?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::glares at Guy:: Thats *not* helping. ::she goes over to Becky:: I'm sorry... but um, do you think we should follow?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::winces:: I don't think i'm the best person to be trying to *stop* someone killing that woman
Maeve Owens: MV: ::shakes her head:: No! I dont think you have to worry about him killing a woman... I was more concerned about what he would do to the doctor... not that none of them dont deserve it...
Maeve Owens: FM: ::he's standing next to his desk, putting things inside a box. He doesn't look up when he hears someone coming through the doors, he can pretty much guess who would be barging in::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::with a dark smile, jokes:: Well if he's after the doctor does that mean i get to go after Lu? ::but she stands up and adds:: We should probably check that he doesn't go too far...he looked pretty mad...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks rather fiercely at the doctor:: Is it true?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::nods:: And as I told Libby once, I'll hold her down and you can get the torturing devices.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::laughs weakly:: I'll hold you to that ::heads for the door::
Maeve Owens: FM: ::he slowly turns around, sadness etched across his features. He doesn't look Toby in the eyes for several long minutes and when he does he can only manage a slight nod::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::follows her out::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::curses at him:: I thought you were my *friend*!
Maeve Owens: FM: I'm sorry Toby, when it first started I had no idea she was your wife and then I was just concerned for my practice. ::shakes his head:: Which is no excuse at all I know. So I'm leaving. ::he turns back around and finishes putti
Maeve Owens: ng a few things away;:
YarnKittymon: TY: ::eyes widen:: You thought you'd lie and say she was pregnant before you knew she was my wife?
Maeve Owens: FM: ::shakes his head again:: No, no.. I'm sorry I'm not being too clear. ::sighs:: We had been seeing each other and then later she told me she was your wife and what she wanted me to do. ::he runs a hand over his face::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks rather shocked; in a low voice:: Screw the affair, Floyd. I'm putting out an ad on the radio and telling the whole island about your "miscarriage."
Quantum Catz: BM: ::walks into the doctor's surgery, but hesitates at making it blatantly obvious that they were worried about what Toby would do to the doctor::
Maeve Owens: FM: ::grimaces::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she stays outside, once again not willing to intrude but not wanting to wonder off *just* in case they want or need her around::
YarnKittymon: GU: ::stays by Maeve's side for a bit, then peers through the door, ready to break up the fight if necessary::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::glares at Floyd, then looks away; still quietly:: I've half a mind to mangle all those fingers of yours.
Maeve Owens: FM: ::he nods, self consciously tucking his fingers into the pockets of his white coat::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::glares back at Floyd:: Aren't you going to say anything?
Maeve Owens: FM: What do you want me to say Toby? Nothing I say could make this any better. Am I sorry for letting her get the best of me? Yes... am I sorry for lying to a man I considered a friend? Yes. Does that make it right? No...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly:: You're just a coward. ::turns to leave, looking a bit surprised to see Becky::
Maeve Owens: FM: ::sighs, and returns to his packing::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::smiles weakly:: We kinda...weren't sure whether you were mad enough to carry out the finger mangling or not... ::shrugs, half-apologetically::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::backs away from the open doorway:::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::some of the fierceness has left his face, but he just shakes his head and walks back towards his house::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::hesitates in the doorway, calling after him:: I'm...so sorry, Toby...
Maeve Owens: MV: ::leans up against the wall of the doctors office, waiting for someone to suggest what their next move should be, if anything at all::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks back at Becky with a soft look, but he turns away before he can say anything, and walks faster, steeling himself to see his wife::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::doesn't look set to do anything; looks at the ground, feeling miserable::
YarnKittymon: GU: ::takes Maeve's hand; softly:: Maybe no murder, then.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::reaches his house and tries the door, not sure if she'll have locked it or not::
Maeve Owens: ::she hadn't bothered to lock it this morning and she's back in the kitchen, preparing dinner::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::smirks:: Does that disappoint you?
YarnKittymon: TY: ::walks in, the smell of bread baking somehow making him angrier; goes right to the kitchen, a little noisily::
YarnKittymon: GU: ::shakes his head:: I like a mystery, and it wouldn't be much of a mystery, would it?
Maeve Owens: LU: ::she looks up, and even though she can tell he is angry, she smiles warmly at him anyway:: Hi, I'm glad your home... dinner is almost ready.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks at her with narrowed eyes:: Why'd you do it? Why the hell did you do it?
Maeve Owens: LU: ::blinks a few times, trying to appear as innocent as she can:: Toby? Whats going on? That Becky woman hasn't been spreading her lies around town has she?
YarnKittymon: TY: Don't give me that. I've known her a lot longer than you, and Floyd told me you're a slut too.
Maeve Owens: LU: ::shocked, she narrows her eyes at him; her voice low:: How dare you. And taking their word over mine! Cant you see that maybe they just want me out of the picture and are saying these things! I wanted that baby just as much as
Maeve Owens: you did.
YarnKittymon: TY: Even Daniel said you weren't pregnant. And I know Becky; she's not that good an actress, and she was real upset. I guess *you're* good at acting though.
Maeve Owens: LU: Daniel is just a kitten! Honestly... what does he know? And perhaps your Becky is better at it than you think.
YarnKittymon: TY: And what would Floyd have to gain by telling me he scored with my wife?
Maeve Owens: LU: Perhaps he's jealous or maybe he's doing a favor for Becky. How should I know?
YarnKittymon: TY: Becky just told me to get lost *today.* Do you really think she would've just changed her mind?
Maeve Owens: LU: ::shrugs:: I honestly dont know her very well but if she's attached to you I can see why it would be hard for her to let you go.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looks at her in disbelief for a moment; then:: So you're not going to admit anything?
Maeve Owens: LU: ::smiles slyly at him, while she walks towards him, her hips swaying back and forth:: Admit to what love? Theres nothing to admit to. Honestly, you should really ask for proof before you go around believing everything people say
YarnKittymon: TY: ::narrows his eyes at her:: Don't try to charm me again.
Maeve Owens: LU: ::her smile goes wider:: Oh stop resisting so much and just give in. What else are you going to do? hmmm? ::she comes closer to him, reaching out to run her hand lightly across his chest; softly:: Dinner is getting cold...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::roughly pulls Lu's hand off of his chest; coldly:: I want an annulment.
Maeve Owens: LU: ::gives him an overly fake sad smile:: Oh? hmm... well thats too bad because I'm odly attached to you... and this house.
YarnKittymon: TY: I think I could get one if Floyd would testify about the baby.
Maeve Owens: LU: ::her gaze turns icy and she backs away from him:: Fine! Have it your way! Go crawling back to the woman who left you stranded and lonely. She'll only do it again, mark my words. And when she's gone there wont be anyone left to
Maeve Owens: pick up the pieces.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::just as angry:: Even if she doesn't take me back, I'm better off alone than with someone who'd lie to me for so long. ::turns to go, then pauses, looking back at her:: I want you out by tomorrow.
Maeve Owens: LU: ::smirks:: You forget love, I'm you're wife. This house belongs to me now too.
YarnKittymon: TY: ::glares at her:: Until the annulment, at least. Fine. ::goes towards the door::
Maeve Owens: LU: ::her icy glare follows him to the door but she says nothing else::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::leaves and slams the door behind him, and walks off, vaguely towards the doctor's office, though his only conscious thought is to get out of there::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::hasn't actually moved from the doctor's office, she's now sitting against the wall with her arms crossed over her knees and her head resting on them::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::she's throwing worried glances between Toby's house and Becky's huddled form. Not wanting to leave Becky just sitting there alone::
YarnKittymon: GU: ::is still there, looking out into the distance, silently::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::slows as he approaches the group, with no idea what to say to them::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::doesn't even notice him, since she isn't looking that way::
Maeve Owens: MV: ::leans down next to Becky:: He's coming back... do you want to talk him alone? or should I stay?
Quantum Catz: BM: ::wearily:: There's nothing to say anyway - nothing's changed from earlier, not between me and him anyway
YarnKittymon: TY: ::walks up to them, looking at Maeve; softly:: If you don't think it's too indecent, can I sleep on your couch tonight?
Maeve Owens: MV: ::tries very hard to cover up her shock:: Of... course not... um, you're welcome to it... ::smiles uneasily, glancing down at Becky::
Quantum Catz: BM: ::digs her nails into her hands to stop herself from trembling and then stands up:: I should probably go, i was planning on visiting the orphanage today
YarnKittymon: TY: ::looking at Becky, trying to say something, but he can't get it out; finally:: Take care, Becky.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::winces even at that:: Yeah...
YarnKittymon: TY: ::quickly, like he's trying to get it out:: I'm leaving her. If she'll let me. I know that's not good enough but--I am.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::sighs:: You know if you'd fallen in love and you were happy...in a lot of ways it would be so much easier than this...at least then i could understand it. At least then i wouldn't feel so bad that i can't tell you what you wan
Quantum Catz: t to hear
YarnKittymon: TY: ::can't help but think of Donald in all this; shakes his head; simply:: It's OK.
Quantum Catz: BM: ::looks directly at Toby, though only for a moment:: I really am sorry for everything that happened with her
YarnKittymon: TY: ::softly, still looking at Becky:: Me too. I'm sorry for how much I hurt you. ::shakes his head again, looking down::
Quantum Catz: BM: Yeah, well, Lu was right about one thing - i probably shouldn't have left in the first place...but it's a bit late now ::turns to walk away::
YarnKittymon: TY: ::watches Becky leave, tears finally coming to his eyes, but he can't say anything he hasn't already said today, so he doesn't even try::

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