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Nevada Redux: S01 E05 - Family Matters

Aug 27th, 2013
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  1. [8:06:29 PM] DBN: Septimius and Sabrina, the two of you were elected to do the grocery shopping. More accurately you lost the game Kara came up with to decide. No doubt Elizabeth was glad to be with her book instead of out in public.
  2. [8:06:55 PM] Durk: "Let's get this over with." She sighs.
  3. [8:07:37 PM] MR RAGE: "It's not so bad." The Greek boy smiles, grabbing a cart for them. "Don't you like food?"
  4. [8:08:12 PM] Durk: "Of course I like food. I don't like shopping for food."
  5. [8:09:01 PM] MR RAGE: "But you get to see all the delicious things they're making. I'm told that there used to be all kinds of fruits and vegetables, all over the world, before..." Sep fades off, biting his lip and looking down. "Uh--let's start with breakfast food."
  6. [8:09:51 PM] Durk: "Mmn." She looks at the list of things to get.
  7. [8:11:02 PM] DBN: It isn't a long list, just some suggestions from Kara and Elizabeth...mostly Kara. You have enough money to fill the empty kitchen.
  8. [8:15:37 PM] Durk: "Guess we get to improvise. What do you want?" She didn't eat much other than army supplies, so this was all a treat to her really.
  9. [8:16:32 PM] MR RAGE: "Ah, I like wheat cereals. And waffles. Pancakes. Bacon. Sausage links. Uhm..."
  10. [8:17:04 PM] Durk: "Sausage lover eh?"
  11. [8:17:41 PM] MR RAGE: "Mhn! Big ones. What do you like?" Sabrina can almost hear the rush of air over his head.
  12. [8:18:35 PM] Durk: "We mostly got eggs and oatmeal at camp." She shrugs. "Everyone loves bacon though."
  13. [8:20:42 PM] MR RAGE: Sep acts with the implicit approval, grabbing enough cereal and bacon for a month, even with the appetites of teenagers, sausage links following suit, then a box of pancake mix... "What about lunch?" Gallons of milk and OJ join the cart, the whole thing looking like a Kelloggs warehouse at this point.
  14. [8:23:59 PM] Durk: "Uh.. I dunno. Fruit and stuff?" She's clearly never done this before.
  15. [8:25:10 PM] MR RAGE: "Sure!" Whether Sep's trying to be encouraging or legitimately that enthused about food remains to be seen. Running fingers through his dark hair, he guides the cart to a portion of the store that smells like a salad. Whatever remains of the plant kingdom after Second Impact laid out to be bought.
  16. [8:27:08 PM] Durk: Sabrina goes about pickign a good and bountiful selection for them to eat. Probably more than they'll be able to before some of it starts to go bad.
  17. [8:29:08 PM] Durk: "So, question for you."
  18. [8:30:28 PM] MR RAGE: "Sure." Septimius turns to look directly at her, beaming, adjusting a bag of oranges so they're not fighting apples for space.
  19. [8:30:58 PM | Edited 8:31:05 PM] Durk: "Did they program you to be so god-damned cheerful or do you have an off switch somewhere?"
  20. [8:35:39 PM] MR RAGE: Gavril laughs, throwing his head upward, and shaking his head. "No, nothing like that. I'm sorry if it bothers you, but you really do make me happy. A lot of things do."
  21. [8:36:16 PM] Durk: "Yeah, that's what is weird about it." She grumbles something else and continues on their way. "What about dinner?"
  22. [8:36:37 PM] DBN: Seems some women shopping overheard Sep, laughing softly and talking about what a cute couple they are.
  23. [8:38:16 PM] MR RAGE: "Mh... I'm not sure, actually. I usually eat steak or pasta for dinner, but I don't know what goes into making those." Sep glances over, offering a wave to the women, attention returning to Sabrina just as quickly. "Why's it weird?"
  24. [8:39:09 PM] Durk: "Cause most people are misrable fucks." She casts a misrable glare at the women.
  25. [8:40:30 PM] MR RAGE: Ah, the Greek finally frowns, but it's a sympathetic kind of look. "You really believe that?"
  26. [8:41:22 PM] Durk: "You don't get out much do you?"
  27. [8:41:45 PM] Durk: ...wait, steak? They must have a pretty damn nice cafeteria at the OPUS base.
  28. [8:43:30 PM] MR RAGE: "I...suppose not. I've lived on the OPUS base my entire life." Sep bites his lip, looking down at a box of noodles.
  29. [8:45:00 PM] Durk: She grabs a whole box of pasta sauce cans, hefting into the cart. "Yeah, people suck. They hate each other, love to show it too."
  30. [8:49:29 PM] MR RAGE: "But I don't hate anyone!"
  31. [8:50:27 PM] Durk: "One day you will, and you'll thank me for that." Anything else on the list?
  32. [8:52:59 PM] DBN: List or not looks like you'll come in just barely under budget.
  33. [8:53:28 PM] MR RAGE: "Huh? I don't want to hate anyone. Sabrina..."
  34. [8:55:08 PM] Durk: Well, she'll have to probably settle for just confusing the boy for now.
  35. [9:00:00 PM | Edited 9:01:36 PM] DBN: There are televisions above each check-out lane, all of them on the same news channel doing a story on the OPUS shuttle that would be returning from the Lunar Debris Field at any moment. The man behind the register looks less that pleased with his job, fat and bespectacled with a beard and a look of complete disinterest.
  36. [9:02:36 PM] Durk: Sabrina goes about loading everything onto the conveyor.
  37. [9:03:38 PM] DBN: "...do you have a member's discount card?" Siiigh.
  38. [9:03:51 PM] MR RAGE: Sep helps where he can, but this is Sabrina's specialty. "Uh..." The Greek pats his pockets. We've shopped here before, right?
  39. [9:04:29 PM] DBN: Natasha has drug him along but they never got him a card.
  40. [9:04:39 PM] DBN: Siiigh. "Do you want to sign up for one?"
  41. [9:05:08 PM] MR RAGE: "Ah, no thank you, we'll just pay full." The boy smiles. It's like staring into the sun.
  42. [9:05:38 PM] DBN: The way he's squinting it must burn. He starts scanning their groceries.
  43. [9:06:27 PM | Edited 9:06:35 PM] Durk: She then loads everything back into the cart like a drone.
  44. [9:08:42 PM | Edited 9:09:04 PM] Durk: "Isn't Natasha on that?" She whispers as she points at the screen.
  45. [9:09:36 PM] MR RAGE: "!" Septimius swivels around, staring at the TV attentively.
  46. [9:14:56 PM] Durk: "Maybe we should be getting back..." She tugs on him to lead him out of the store.
  47. [9:19:25 PM] MR RAGE: "N-no, this is important." Sep wanders closer to the TV, transfixed.
  48. [9:21:32 PM] DBN: Looks like even the newscaster is getting bored of waiting, still no sign of the shuttle.
  49. [9:22:05 PM] MR RAGE: The boy grips his shirt, the color draining from his lips as his mouth dries.
  50. [9:24:16 PM] Durk: Sabrina groans.
  51. [9:24:39 PM] DBN: And so the nightly news segways into another story, the shuttle landing forgotten.
  52. [9:25:39 PM] MR RAGE: "--! Wait, what about--" His eyes dart to Sabrina, searching for an explanation, back to the television, slender body shaking.
  53. [9:25:54 PM] Durk: "Come on. Let's go home."
  54. [9:28:12 PM] Durk: She gives him a more forceful tug this time.
  55. [9:29:45 PM] MR RAGE: "Mn-" If he's aware of his surroundings, he's doing a good job of pretending otherwise. A hand reaches for Sabrina's, the other occupied by the cart. There's a hitch in his breathing, but aside from wet eyes, he's holding himself together.
  56. [9:31:55 PM] Durk: She drags him out of the store and all the way back home if she has to.
  57. [9:35:55 PM] Durk: Which appears to be all the way, poor catatonic Sep. She lets go of him for a moment to open the door to the apartment.
  58. [9:36:11 PM] MR RAGE: At least he's still good for carrying groceries.
  59. [9:37:14 PM] DBN: The last door closes and soon the school is in the rear view mirror, Kara. With the pilots occupied for the day you can take a few pills and-- there's a new message on her phone.
  60. [9:39:33 PM] Kara: Kara waits at least until she pulls around hte corner to stop the car. Her fingers, trembling ever so slightly, quickly open the bottle of pills to pluck two of them from the orange bottle. She swallows them dry, closing her eyes. But as her phone vibrates, she jumps a little, coughing and taking a sip of water, eyes red as she unlocks and opens her phone.
  61. [9:40:06 PM] Kara: "Never a dull moment," she says sadly, opening the message to read/listen.
  62. [9:40:47 PM] DBN: [Gino's Diner, 10 minutes. -The Boss]
  63. [9:42:44 PM | Edited 9:43:00 PM] Kara: Kara blinks, and slumps in her seat for a moment. Then, it's sitting up straight, bottle of pills closed and slipped into her jacket pocket, and pedal to the metal as she starts driving. She plans to arrive a minute or so early, accounting for traffic and the pain in the ass that is parking in a city.
  64. [9:43:44 PM] DBN: She's in the door right on time, faced with a nearly empty diner. The sign advises customers to seat themselves.
  65. [9:45:10 PM] Kara: Kara has her purse slung over her arm as she walks in, taking a look around. She picks a spot with a view of the door and the windows, sitting down and opening one of the menus. She checks her watch absent-mindedly, pondering ordering a drink, before deciding it's far too early (and she just took her pills.)
  66. [9:47:09 PM | Edited 9:49:05 PM] DBN: A waitress comes her way with a tray in hand. "Sorry for the wait, ma'am." She sets down a cup of coffee, a newspaper and a small plate with a little black device on it. "I'll bring you your check in a bit."
  67. [9:48:56 PM] Kara: Kara nods, smiling distantly, "My thanks." She takes the coffee and promply turns it milky beige with cream and sugar, taking a sip every so often. She plucks up the little thing and opens the newspaper, pretending to read as she examines the device.
  68. [9:49:51 PM] DBN: There's a folder inside the paper with a yellow sticky note attached. 'Open Me'
  69. [9:50:56 PM] Kara: Kara blinks, peeking over the top of the newspaper. She shifts to be less easily seen than before, and slips the little black thing into her breast pocket, before opening the folder carefully.
  70. [9:53:16 PM] DBN: The very first page is a list from the heads of the IPEA. Seems they have a lot they want Kara to look into. The very first item relates to...Septimius? Seems they want information on the boy. There's an included file if she wants to look.
  71. [9:53:50 PM] Kara: Kara peeks into the file , gently chewing on her lip.
  72. [9:55:07 PM] DBN: It's a single page, most of it blocked out with a black marker. According to hand-written notes its the only file OPUS would share. The only hint is a number near the bottom, tracing back to the file of one Karinka Ankudinova.
  73. [9:57:10 PM | Edited 9:57:19 PM] Kara: Kara gives the black-lining a very irritated look, like the face any normal person would have after stepping on a spider, cockroach, or other vermin. However, she perks up a little at the Vice-Commander's name, making a mental note. She closes the file, and continues looking over the list.
  74. [9:58:09 PM] DBN: Next is an order. Keep Elizabeth from discovering her brother's fate. No hints as to what that is though. Why would the IPEA care?
  75. [9:59:50 PM] Kara: Kara frowns, rubbing her forehead a little and taking a sip of her coffee. Couldn't be that hard though: maybe forge some documents that he was taken to another foster home, make a few fake letters from him to reassure her, that sort of thing.
  76. [10:00:10 PM] Kara: She looks at the next item, taking a longer sip.
  77. [10:02:03 PM] DBN: Looks like the IPEA wants to know where the parts for Sabrina's Evangelion came from.
  78. [10:02:54 PM] Kara: Kara blinks, murmuring to herself, "That's not something we wouldn't know..." Another sip, and she peeks over her newspaper before checking her watch and moving on to the next item.
  79. [10:06:19 PM] DBN: Lastly, she is to use the provided device to sabotage Natasha's current mission in the Lunar Debris Field. That'll involve not just entering OPUS HQ but going right into Central Dogma, her own command center.
  80. [10:08:32 PM | Edited 10:08:44 PM] Kara: Kara blinks, rereading the final line. She takes a deep breath, closing the file and the newspaper before finishing her coffee. She stands, taking the newspaper (and within it, the file) with her but leaving the cup, going to the front to pay.
  81. [10:09:28 PM] DBN: "The gentleman already paid your bill." The waitress points, but the door is already closing. Stealthy fucker.
  82. [10:11:06 PM] Kara: Kara blinks and nods, smiling, "What a sweetheart." She drops a dollar into the tip jar and heads out to her car. As soon as she's out, her hand is in her purse, going to grab the pack of cigarettes. Getting into the car, she's lighting up, opening the window and starting the engine.
  83. [10:11:36 PM] Kara: A long drag, and then she drives to the base, fingers drumming out the beat of the song on the radio.
  84. [10:14:09 PM | Edited 10:16:50 PM] DBN: She has no trouble getting into the base of course, what good is it the hassle the Operations Director? She gets some salutes and a paper to sign for weapons R&D but is otherwise left alone. If only they knew about the wolf in their midst. The bridge bunnies of Central Dogma greet her before returning to work, neither the Commander or her lapdog overseeing operations today. There was always an active scan for Invaders but the skies looked clear.
  85. [10:19:16 PM | Edited 10:26:49 PM] Kara: Kara smiles, the newspaper and list of orders torn to shreds, mixed, and doubly-torn before being flushed down a toilet. Paranoia paid off, sometimes. Probably not this time, but her nerves were enough of an enemy today. Kara pauses to oversee the operations, mind tumbling and twisting with itself on the safest, most secure way to clear out the room.
  86. [10:27:53 PM] Kara: Kara bites her cheek and approaches the working hands, making her rounds, "Everything alright?" She asks each one, smiling and listening, pausing if she comes across one that is particularly alone or distanced.
  87. [10:29:19 PM] DBN: That would be the girl in glasses off to the side. Judging by the large headphones she wore she was in charge of OPUS communications in the area, helping squad patrols move efficiently through the city and lisening for what could be enemy chatter.
  88. [10:30:27 PM] Kara: Kara sits beside her, closing her eyes to listen in on any chatter that's loud enough. After a moment, she clears her throat, "Any word?"
  89. [10:30:54 PM] DBN: Nothing from the girl. Must be the headphones.
  90. [10:31:47 PM] Kara: Kara taps on the top of her headphones, grinning to herself.
  91. [10:32:25 PM] DBN: Finally she looks up, then over at Kara. Slowly she removed the headphones. "Yes, Director?"
  92. [10:33:41 PM] Kara: Kara smiles warmly, "Any news?" She nods to the headphones.
  93. [10:35:01 PM] DBN: "No ma'am. Just...Captain Pokryshkin singing a lot."
  94. [10:35:22 PM] Kara: Kara covers her mouth as she smiles a little more, "Can I listen?"
  95. [10:36:59 PM] DBN: She holds out the headphones. "The signal is on a delay because it bounces around the Lunar Debris Field. When it comes time to transmit we'll use laser-guided communications."
  96. [10:37:45 PM] Kara: Kara nods, "I see..." She takes the headphones and blinks, listening. After a moment, she smiles again, "Do you drink coffee?"
  97. [10:38:28 PM] DBN: "No ma'am." She instead motions to the growing collection of empty energy drink cans.
  98. [10:39:19 PM] Kara: Kara covers her mouth again, "What's your name?"
  99. [10:41:39 PM] DBN: "Kelsey...Camren."
  100. [10:42:45 PM] Kara: Kara smiles, "Can I talk to Natasha through this, Ms.Camren?"
  101. [10:44:26 PM] DBN: "Er, no ma'am. We're only listening right now. No open communications right now, Commander's orders."
  102. [10:45:20 PM] Kara: Kara sighs a little and nods, smiling, "She's such a sweet girl..." She blushes a little, "Could I ask you to get me a coffee? I'll pay you back in energy drinks. I'd go myself, but I miss her voice."
  103. [10:46:13 PM] DBN: "...yes ma'am." A strange request but it got her out of that chair for a few minutes. Off she goes to get her boss a cup of coffee.
  104. [10:50:24 PM] Kara: Kara smiles and sits, listening to Natasha. She watches for a place to hide the scrambler, before unhinging her watch subtly and dropping it under the desk. She takes the chance to get under and hide the little device, before picking up her watch and fixing her hair, looking suitably embarassed.
  105. [10:53:22 PM] Elizabeth: Elizabeth closes her book and sits up upon hearing the door slam shut. Did someone leave? Or arrive? It was awfully quiet earlier. She puts the book on the bed and leaves her room.
  106. [10:56:09 PM] Durk: "Come on already!" She was getting pretty impatient with Sep, shoving him into the apartment, dragging the rest of the bags he couldn't carry in as well.
  107. [10:57:05 PM] Elizabeth: "..what's with him?" She watches for a moment before trying to grab a few bags from Sep, looking at the contents.
  108. [10:57:43 PM] MR RAGE: "Nn--" The boy stumbles, but doesn't fall, setting his load of groceries in on the nearest table. Elizabeth, even in his current state, gets a flicker of a smile and a wave.
  109. [10:58:39 PM] MR RAGE: "S-something happened...happened with Natasha's shuttle, so..." Rubbing at his chest, the boy sits down, eyes refusing to focus on anything, staring into space.
  110. [10:58:57 PM] Kara: Kara looks up, blinking, "Ah! Sep!" And she stands up quickly, a lot less mopey than she was when she picked them up.
  111. [10:59:09 PM] Durk: "Can someone turn on the TV for zombie boy?"
  112. [10:59:15 PM] Elizabeth: "What happened to her shuttle..?"
  113. [10:59:23 PM] Kara: "Oh..." She pauses, and goes to start unpacking the groceries, "I'm sure she's okay, Sep. She's a very talented woman."
  114. [11:00:40 PM] Kara: However, she goes to turn on the TV anyways, biting her lip and watching Sep. She even hesitantly approaches him, as if aiming for a hug.
  115. [11:01:48 PM] Durk: "..." How is she the one assuming responsability here? dammit it. She goes to put the groceries away while they care for the boy.
  116. [11:02:48 PM] Elizabeth: Elizabeth watches the TV from the table, taking things out of bags.
  117. [11:04:13 PM] MR RAGE: "Mn..." Even with a nice little ball of stress building in his chest, the boy's face pushes buttons. "Y-yeah. She'll be fine! Natasha's the smartest woman I know." The Greek's lips tug into a smile, and he leans into the Director, unabashedly trying to draw strength from her with an embrace.
  118. [11:05:07 PM] Kara: Kara smiles and hugs him tightly, patting his head, "That's the spirit. Now, you can watch, I'll put away the groceries with the rest."
  119. [11:05:54 PM] DBN: Breaking News! flashes across the screen. "We now go live to reporter Simon Slater with an update on the missing OPUS shuttle."
  120. [11:06:49 PM] MR RAGE: The boy's quick, standing in front of the TV as soon as he's free of Kara's embrace, eyes fixed.
  121. [11:07:19 PM] Kara: Kara blinks, and goes to unpack, keeping her ears perked to listen in.
  122. [11:10:02 PM] DBN: "According to a statement from OPUS officials the shuttle, piloted by one Captain Pokryshkin, suffered a minor systems failure just before they were to start reentry proceedures. They report that the pilot is fine and the shuttle will be landing in the early morning hours. Captain Natasha Pokryshkin is the youngest kosmonaut to come out of Russia or any UN country since Skyfall and is sibling to decorated war hero..." the reporter continues on.
  123. [11:12:05 PM] Kara: Kara realizes she's holding her breath, letting out a thankful sigh as the reporter drones on.
  124. [11:12:13 PM] Durk: "All that worrying over nothing." She trudges over and gives Sep a punch in the arm. "Don't freeze up and be a baby like that! What if you did that in battle huh? How many people would die?" She tops it off with a smack to the back of his head.
  125. [11:13:24 PM] MR RAGE: Sep's legs wobble, and he falls to his knees with a sharp exhalation, relief washing over his body. Safe. She's safe. Even after Sabrina's punches, he's smiling, wiping at his eyes. "You're right, Sabrina. I'm sorry, I'll be tougher next time." A big grin for the girl, not even bothering to stand up.
  126. [11:13:54 PM] Elizabeth: Elizabeth watches with slight amusement, though she's still thinking. "...does this mean their experiment failed? At least she's safe." She's not very loud, mostly thinking to herself.
  127. [11:14:46 PM] Kara: Kara watches, "Sabrina, that's not going to-" She stops, surprised, and lets out a non-committal sigh. "It must. Thank god she is though. I can't imagine being here without her sunny cheer." And she goes back to unpacking.
  128. [11:15:14 PM] Elizabeth: "I thought that's what Sep was for," she mutters, helping with the process.
  129. [11:16:09 PM] Durk: "Ugh." Sabrina stomps off leaving them all for the seclusion of her room.
  130. [11:17:48 PM] Kara: Kara sighs a little and shrugs, "So, dinner tonight is going to be penne with sauce and greens. Does anybody want to help?"
  131. [11:18:01 PM] MR RAGE: "I annoyed her again..." Septimius rubs at his neck, gathering himself up once strength returns to his legs, rubbing at his face one last time. "Sure!"
  132. [11:18:51 PM] Kara: Kara smile is a little strained, "I'm sure we all do," she mutters into the refridgerator, pulling out the sauce, "Sorry, no fresh sauce, but this'll do. Does anybody mind meat in it?"
  133. [11:19:50 PM] Elizabeth: "No." She seems to consider going back to her room, but ultimately decides to stay in the room in case there's more news.
  134. [11:20:45 PM] Kara: Kara smiles and nods, "I'm sure Sabrina wouldn't mind either. I wonder what her favorites are." She shrugs and pulls out the pasta, humming to herself as she works with Sep, her mood cheering considerably.
  135. [11:21:45 PM] MR RAGE: "She mentioned liking bacon, so this should be okay."
  136. [11:22:40 PM] Elizabeth: Elizabeth sighs, seeing as the news has nothing much to add, though she does watch as they flash the various pictures. "How long till food is ready?"
  137. [11:23:44 PM | Edited 11:23:49 PM] Kara: Kara hums,"Bacon. Bacon Bacon Bacon. How long until you finish your book?" She smiles.
  138. [11:25:20 PM] Elizabeth: "It's done, more or less. It's not -that- long." Though she brings up a good point. "Might as well finish it now. But I don't really have many others to choose from...And this one was new..."
  139. [11:25:50 PM] Kara: Kara smiles, "What type of books to do you like? It's an open question for you too, Sep."
  140. [11:26:44 PM] Durk: There's a heavy thump from down the hall followed by a string of swearing.
  141. [11:26:56 PM] MR RAGE: "Books? Um... I guess I'm not sure. Mostly I'd--" Sep glances towards Sabrina's room.
  142. [11:27:39 PM] Kara: Kara blinks, "Uh... Rock-Paper-Scissors for who goes to check on her?"
  143. [11:27:47 PM] Elizabeth: Elizabeth jumps a little, and then stands, taking small steps towards Sabrina's room. "If it's spiders, you two go first."
  144. [11:28:08 PM] MR RAGE: "I'll go," Sep smiles, forging ahead as the vanguard. "Sabrina? Are you alright?"
  145. [11:29:02 PM] Elizabeth: Elizabeth looks from around the corner.
  146. [11:29:24 PM] Durk: There's a scattering of weights on the ground and Sabrina looking a bit violent and wild holding a bar devoid of weights.
  147. [11:29:26 PM | Edited 11:29:41 PM] Kara: Kara follows behind Sep, aware that this is what she's paid to do. "Uh... Sabrina?"
  148. [11:30:14 PM] MR RAGE: "U-um..." The boy keeps on the edge of the room, but doesn't hide, trying to work out the scene.
  149. [11:31:27 PM] Durk: She looks at him. "What?!"
  150. [11:31:58 PM] MR RAGE: "--! Are you alright? Is there anything I can help with?"
  151. [11:33:28 PM] Kara: Kara blinks, shaking her head, "Are you hurt?"
  152. [11:34:09 PM] Durk: "I'm fine." She wields the six foot steel bar. "Just, dropped everything on the floor."
  153. [11:34:19 PM] Durk: She takes a deep breath.
  154. [11:34:54 PM] Elizabeth: Elizabeth moves a bit closer, looking at the mess. "How'd you manage that?"
  155. [11:34:59 PM] MR RAGE: "Mn." The boy nods slowly, bending over to pick up some of the weights.
  156. [11:35:49 PM] Durk: "It's fine." She jabs the pole at him with one hand. "I'll pick it up."
  157. [11:36:59 PM] MR RAGE: "Oof--" Sep's not too hard to knock over, but he stands up quickly. "If you're sure..."
  158. [11:37:40 PM] Kara: Kara blinks, and quickly steps back, "Let's go back to making dinner, and leave her to her exercises..."
  159. [11:39:49 PM] Durk: She sets the pole down and starts picking up the weights, stacking them in the corner of her room.
  160. [11:41:52 PM] MR RAGE: The boy offers one last smile before making his exit.
  161. [11:42:19 PM] Elizabeth: Elizabeth hovers for a moment or so.
  162. [11:42:50 PM] Kara: Kara returns to the kitchen, humming to herself. The rest of her mission could wait a few hours.
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  164. [8/31/2013 10:43:12 PM] Kara: Sunrise over the base. The cool air of pre-rising has started to settle, and the city is starting to wake up. Kara sips on the cup of instant coffee and frowns, looking at her watch, "Sabrina should be waking up soon, and Sep. Maybe not Elizabeth though." And she downs her coffee, and several pills, before going to the doors and knocking three times in rapid succession. "Morning! Morning morning morning!"
  165. [8/31/2013 10:43:47 PM] Elizabeth: Elizabeth takes her sweet time getting out of bed.
  166. [8/31/2013 10:43:59 PM] MR RAGE: "Erm..." Sep sticks his fork in a plate of waffles, munching away.
  167. [8/31/2013 10:45:38 PM] Kara: Kara smiles, watching, "Waffles. Breakfast of champions, hm?"
  168. [8/31/2013 10:46:20 PM] MR RAGE: "Mhn!" Omchomchom.
  169. [8/31/2013 10:46:38 PM] Elizabeth: When she finally does emerge from her room, she's in sweats and a tanktop. She searches the various cabinets for cereal.
  170. [8/31/2013 10:47:09 PM] MR RAGE: "G'morning, Elizabeth," Sep greets her after swallowing, wearing a plain t-shirt and his boxers.
  171. [8/31/2013 10:47:32 PM | Edited 10:48:36 PM] DBN: "The strange fog that rolled in over night has cleared up, leaving City 51 with a slightly cooler morning warming up to mid 80s by afternoon. Now in sports..."
  172. [8/31/2013 10:48:02 PM] Durk: Sabrina's door remains closed, despite the crazed knocking and wake up call.
  173. [8/31/2013 10:48:49 PM] Elizabeth: "G-morn-" she stops, staring for a brief moment. She flushes and immediately turns to the cabinets, finding cereal, a bowl, and then grabs milk. She takes it to the table, on the opposite side of him.
  174. [8/31/2013 10:49:37 PM] MR RAGE: "Mf?" The Greek blinks innocently, syrup sticking to his cheek.
  175. [8/31/2013 10:49:59 PM] Elizabeth: "N-nothing." She stares at her bowl intently, eating large bites.
  176. [8/31/2013 10:50:38 PM] Kara: Kara sighs, "American TV." She turns it off and goes to the windows, opening them, "Morning, Sep. I'm going to go pry Sabrina out of the bed. Pray for me."
  177. [8/31/2013 10:51:20 PM] MR RAGE: "Be careful," he smiles warmly, resuming his breakfast. His attention's back on Elizabeth, thinking...
  178. [8/31/2013 10:51:40 PM] Elizabeth: She doesn't look up at him, though she does spend a small moment to look at the TV, even though she doesn't really care about sports.
  179. [8/31/2013 10:52:05 PM] Kara: Kara knocks on the door, "Sabrina! It's time to wake up!"
  180. [8/31/2013 10:53:15 PM] Durk: "Piss off." A pillow hits the other side of the door with a thump.
  181. [8/31/2013 10:53:58 PM] MR RAGE: The boy hides a laugh, getting up to add some toast to his plate.
  182. [8/31/2013 10:54:08 PM | Edited 10:56:30 PM] Kara: Kara covers her mouth and giggles, "Ehehehe, a sailor's mouth, I've heard." She dares to open the door and peek inside. So what's her room look like?
  183. [8/31/2013 10:56:55 PM] Durk: Kara gets a flash of skin as Sabrina's getting a top on. "Hey! What the fuck?!"
  184. [8/31/2013 10:57:46 PM] Kara: Kara giggles, "For a soldier, you're shy." She closes the door, returning to the kitchen.
  185. [8/31/2013 10:59:53 PM] MR RAGE: "What are your plans today, Elizabeth?" The Greek settles down again, sparing her further embarrassment.
  186. [8/31/2013 11:00:54 PM] Elizabeth: "I don't know, really. I finished my book..." she looks up at him briefly. "Is there a library here?"
  187. [8/31/2013 11:01:06 PM] Durk: After a minute Sabrina heads out to join them. "Even in the army we shade some privacy." She grumbles.
  188. [8/31/2013 11:01:58 PM] MR RAGE: "Hmm, I think so!" A wave for the new arrival. "Good morning, Sabrina." Omnomnom~
  189. [8/31/2013 11:02:05 PM] Kara: Kara smiles, "Strange. When I was in the service, we..." She smiles wider, "A library? They have one at school, don't they?"
  190. [8/31/2013 11:02:37 PM] Elizabeth: "Well, I suppose so. But what about here?"
  191. [8/31/2013 11:03:26 PM] Kara: Kara taps her cheek, "They maaaaaaaaay have one at the base: what kind of books do you like?" She smiles, "I'm sure I can pick something up next time I go out."
  192. [8/31/2013 11:04:07 PM] Elizabeth: She looks a little disappointed. "Can I go myself? I like being able to look through things myself."
  193. [8/31/2013 11:05:46 PM] Kara: Kara frowns, "Hmm... maybe this weekend. Some time, anyways. I don't know what the commanders have in stock for you: we have the training and the like, and school... not to mention..." she trails off, sighing, "We'll make time, sometime, okay?"
  194. [8/31/2013 11:06:07 PM] Elizabeth: Elizabeth sighs. "All right." She continues munching on her cereal.
  195. [8/31/2013 11:06:55 PM] Kara: Kara smiles a little, "Chin up. What about the rest of you?" She sits down with a smoothie after a moment, "What do you two like?"
  196. [8/31/2013 11:08:42 PM] MR RAGE: "Umh...I mostly read books about history, the pre-Impact world."
  197. [8/31/2013 11:09:45 PM] Kara: Kara makes a face, "Boooo, I thought boys like comic books." She smiles and sips her smoothie, "I'm teasing. Any case, tear in and finish your food, we can make toast if you're still hungry: I need to take you all."
  198. [8/31/2013 11:10:26 PM] Durk: "Read?"
  199. [8/31/2013 11:10:57 PM] Kara: Kara blinks, "Ah... Books and magazines, Sabrina."
  200. [8/31/2013 11:11:19 PM] MR RAGE: "Comic...books?"
  201. [8/31/2013 11:13:12 PM] Kara: Kara looks at them both, clearly surprised. "I... I see." She smiles softly, sadly. "Finish your breakfast, and make sure you wash your face." She stands, sipping her drink and humming to herself.
  202. [8/31/2013 11:14:12 PM] MR RAGE: "Yes'm."
  203. [8/31/2013 11:16:00 PM] Kara: Kara goes to grab her purse, drawing the cigarette box and pulling a single stick. A quick glance in the mirror, a little bit of retooling makeup, and she steps out, a cigarette behind her ear. "Alright then children! Backpacks ready?"
  204. [8/31/2013 11:18:12 PM] Durk: "Mf." Sabrina's got an apple in her mouth.
  205. [8/31/2013 11:18:56 PM] MR RAGE: "Mhm!" At least the boy's dressed and ready to go by now.
  206. [8/31/2013 11:21:03 PM] Elizabeth: Elizabeth is ready a slight beat after Sep.
  207. [8/31/2013 11:22:28 PM] Kara: Kara takes them to the car, lighting up the cigarette halfway down there. She's unusually quiet this morning, unlocking the doors and opening the one on her side before climbing in.
  208. [8/31/2013 11:23:20 PM] MR RAGE: "M'am? Are you alright?" Sep clambers into his usual seat, studying Kara intently.
  209. [8/31/2013 11:23:45 PM] Elizabeth: Elizabeth follows suit, sitting in the back.
  210. [8/31/2013 11:24:23 PM] Durk: Sabrina climbs in last.
  211. [8/31/2013 11:25:06 PM] Kara: Kara smiles a little, eyes tired, "Sometimes I forget what we do." And she smiles warmer, "It's something we shouldn't ever forget."
  212. [8/31/2013 11:25:25 PM] Elizabeth: "Forget what we do? That seems kinda hard to me..."
  213. [8/31/2013 11:25:45 PM] MR RAGE: Sep cocks his head as well.
  214. [8/31/2013 11:26:33 PM] Kara: Kara shakes her head, "Buckle in!" And she starts the car.
  215. [8/31/2013 11:27:48 PM] Elizabeth: Elizabeth buckles her seat belt and begins staring out the window, waiting to arrive at school.
  216. [8/31/2013 11:30:10 PM | Edited 11:30:21 PM] Kara: Kara pulls out of the parking lot, turning on her music.
  217. [8/31/2013 11:30:36 PM] Elizabeth: Elizabeth turns in her seat suddenly, doing her best to look behind them at the sidewalk. "W-wait!"
  218. [8/31/2013 11:30:48 PM] Elizabeth: She opens the door.
  219. [8/31/2013 11:30:59 PM | Removed 11:31:02 PM] Kara: This message has been removed.
  220. [8/31/2013 11:31:15 PM] Elizabeth: She fumbles with her seat belt and bolts out of the car, down the sidewalk.
  221. [8/31/2013 11:31:49 PM] Kara: Kara blinks, pulling to a stop, pulling to the side of the road, "What the- Elizabeth!" And she pulls the car to park, unbuckling and jumping out, leaving the car running.
  222. [8/31/2013 11:31:50 PM] Durk: "...." Bitch be crazy.
  223. [8/31/2013 11:32:18 PM] Durk: Sabrina looks at Sep.
  224. [8/31/2013 11:32:29 PM] MR RAGE: ...yep, he's following too. "Elizabeth?!"
  225. [8/31/2013 11:32:42 PM] Durk: Sabrina sighs.
  226. [8/31/2013 11:33:11 PM] Elizabeth: Elizabeth is running towards a small music store, extremely panicked, trying to figure out where he went.
  227. [8/31/2013 11:33:29 PM] Kara: Kara runs after the girl, "Sabrina, Sep, keep an eye on the C- damnit! Elizabeth! Get back here!"
  228. [8/31/2013 11:33:56 PM] Elizabeth: Into the music store she goes, pushing past people when necessary.
  229. [8/31/2013 11:34:40 PM] Durk: Sabrina leans back in the seat, guess she'll watch the vehicle.
  230. [8/31/2013 11:35:03 PM] DBN: Not too many people inside. There's an aging beatnik behind the counter, arguing with a man about the superiority of different media storage devices.
  231. [8/31/2013 11:36:20 PM] Kara: Kara follows Elizabeth, face stoney and cold, "Elizabeth Altava! Stop right there!"
  232. [8/31/2013 11:36:21 PM] Elizabeth: She looks around frantically.
  233. [8/31/2013 11:36:34 PM] Elizabeth: And, ignoring Kara, moves around the store. He has to be here...
  234. [8/31/2013 11:38:57 PM | Edited 11:40:27 PM] Elizabeth: Not there...Seeing the store empty, she runs up to the guy behind the counter. "Hey! Have you seen a little boy, brown hair, looks to be about thirteen?"
  235. [8/31/2013 11:39:02 PM] Elizabeth: She is almost leaning over the counter.
  236. [8/31/2013 11:39:49 PM] Kara: Kara marches in, pushing past people. She looks... Neutral. Her hand sets on Elizabeth's shoulder, and in a sickly sweet tone, "Elizabeth..."
  237. [8/31/2013 11:40:28 PM | Edited 11:40:39 PM] Durk: Sabrina looks out the window to see what's going on.
  238. [8/31/2013 11:40:47 PM] Elizabeth: Elizabeth shakes herself free of Kara's grip. "No. Not. Now." She looks desperately to the man.
  239. [8/31/2013 11:41:01 PM] DBN: "Well there was this kid...had a pale girl with him. I was looking for a copy of...uh...The Dark Side of the Moon."
  240. [8/31/2013 11:41:38 PM] DBN: "He left just before you got here." He points to the door.
  241. [8/31/2013 11:42:47 PM] Elizabeth: Elizabeth makes a frustrated sound and heads out the door.
  242. [8/31/2013 11:43:03 PM] Kara: Kara stops, and gives the man a look, before turning, "Elizabeth. We're on a schedule."
  243. [8/31/2013 11:43:50 PM] Elizabeth: "This is important!" She walks out and realizes she has no idea which way he went after leaving the store. Her shoulders slump and she looks around, starting to tear up.
  244. [8/31/2013 11:44:19 PM] MR RAGE: Sep extends a hand, touching the girl's shoulder. "Elizabeth..."
  245. [8/31/2013 11:45:03 PM] Kara: Kara reaches into her pocket, pulling a hankerchief, "Elizabeth..." Her face softens a little.
  246. [8/31/2013 11:45:09 PM] Elizabeth: "He was here, he had to be I saw him I know I did he was here..." she rambles, still looking around.
  247. [8/31/2013 11:46:13 PM] Kara: Kara forces the cloth into her hand, "He? Who are you talking about?"
  248. [8/31/2013 11:46:19 PM] Durk: Sabrina gets out of the car, closing the door and leaning against it, staring down the street.
  249. [8/31/2013 11:46:31 PM] Elizabeth: After a brief moment she heads back to the car at a jog, shaking her head at Kara's question.
  250. [8/31/2013 11:46:50 PM] Elizabeth: "Sabrina, Sabrina this is important. Have you seen a boy, about thirteen, brown hair?"
  251. [8/31/2013 11:47:05 PM] Elizabeth: "He might be with a pale looking girl."
  252. [8/31/2013 11:48:17 PM] Kara: Kara blinks, frowning a little, "I dropped my cigarette for this..." She sighs and ruffles Sep's hair, "Let's get heading back."
  253. [8/31/2013 11:49:01 PM] Durk: She looks at Lizzie, still keeping her crazy assesment, and shrugs.
  254. [8/31/2013 11:50:07 PM] Elizabeth: "Sabrina please. You must have seen something!"
  255. [8/31/2013 11:50:09 PM] MR RAGE: "Ye-yeah." The boy nods slowly, following Kara back to the car. "I wonder...who she lost?"
  256. [8/31/2013 11:50:50 PM] Kara: Kara sighs, "Everybody's lost somebody. Some hurt more than others." She sighs and shrugs, "FIrst late day, it seems."
  257. [8/31/2013 11:51:08 PM] MR RAGE: "I'm sure they will understand."
  258. [8/31/2013 11:51:22 PM] Durk: "Why's this important?" She's still elaning on the door, not letting anyone in past her.
  259. [8/31/2013 11:51:39 PM] Elizabeth: "He's my brother, okay? Just...please..."
  260. [8/31/2013 11:51:53 PM] Kara: Kara smirks, "I can't dream of how we'd explain..." She sighs, "Maybe I hit a pothole on the way over." She frowns, "Sabrina..."
  261. [8/31/2013 11:52:10 PM] Durk: "Some kids passed by, a boy and girl." She points the way they went.
  262. [8/31/2013 11:52:25 PM] Elizabeth: And off she runs. Regardless of how far of a lead they have.
  263. [8/31/2013 11:53:02 PM] MR RAGE: "--!"
  264. [8/31/2013 11:53:14 PM] Durk: She smirks. "Family is important, school can wait."
  265. [8/31/2013 11:53:31 PM] Durk: "You should keep up with her Sep."
  266. [8/31/2013 11:53:32 PM] Kara: Kara sighs, drawing her phone. "I'm going to call somebody to pick you two up." She's already dialing, and walking. You can hear curses in foreign languages.
  267. [8/31/2013 11:54:26 PM] MR RAGE: "R-right." Off Sep goes, giving the girl chase.
  268. [8/31/2013 11:54:34 PM] DBN: You run and run Elizabeth, but with no idea on where they went all you see are unfamiliar places. No Lucas. No pale girl.
  269. [8/31/2013 11:55:32 PM] Elizabeth: She stops, leaning against a wall, frustrated, clenching her jaw trying her best to not cry. She storms off to find something to hit.
  270. [8/31/2013 11:55:56 PM] MR RAGE: "Elizabeth..."
  271. [8/31/2013 11:56:12 PM] Kara: Kara blinks, and stops. Her fist tightens, and she closes her eyes. "Sabrina... Do you want to go to school today?" She sighs.
  272. [8/31/2013 11:57:56 PM] Kara: Kara makes a quick phone call. "I've got a pilot on run-about, and another following that one. One is at my car."
  273. [8/31/2013 11:57:57 PM] Durk: "Not paticularly."
  274. [8/31/2013 11:58:05 PM] Elizabeth: She walks off, then stops, turns around, and walks into an arcade.
  275. [8/31/2013 11:58:30 PM] MR RAGE: Septimius does his best never to let her get too far, the Greek boy's face full of worry.
  276. [8/31/2013 11:59:13 PM] DBN: The arcade is filled with noise from the machine but no bodies, most kids in school today.
  277. [8/31/2013 11:59:57 PM] Kara: Kara turns back, parking and turning off the car, "Come on, Sabrina. I'd like your help with this."
  278. [12:00:07 AM] Elizabeth: She finds a corner and bangs her head against the wall, taking a moment before sliding down into a corner, curling up.
  279. [12:01:14 AM] Durk: "Sure thing." She follows smugly.
  280. [12:01:41 AM] Kara: Kara starts marching in the same direction as Sep and Elizabeth. Her steps are measured and clipped.
  281. [12:01:52 AM] DBN: There's a bit of laughter from the photobotth next to her and someone slips out the opposite side. In the small tray Elizabeth can see a set of pictures drop down.
  282. [12:02:48 AM] Elizabeth: She looks over upon hearing laughter.
  283. [12:02:51 AM] MR RAGE: Sep frowns, sitting beside the girl, fidgeting with his hair.
  284. [12:03:24 AM] Kara: Kara walks in, asking the arcade owner for where Elizabeth and Sep are. She's certainly in military mode.
  285. [12:03:31 AM] Elizabeth: She looks at the pictures.
  286. [12:04:52 AM] Elizabeth: Upon seeing them, she stands up suddenly and goes to the booth, looking in.
  287. [12:05:06 AM] MR RAGE: "Ah?"
  288. [12:05:31 AM] DBN: It's empty.
  289. [12:05:46 AM] Elizabeth: "W-wh-" she's pretty sure her heart has stopped. She looks all around the booth, clutching the pictures.
  290. [12:05:49 AM] Kara: Kara makes her way towards them, heels clicking ominously.
  291. [12:06:11 AM] MR RAGE: "Elizabeth, what happened?" The boy's up, looking into the booth.
  292. [12:06:29 AM] Elizabeth: "No..nononono.." She's sweeping the arcade, listening just as much as looking.
  293. [12:06:43 AM] Kara: "Elizabeth."
  294. [12:07:06 AM] DBN: The main lights in the arcade flicker to life, the main doors of the enterance and exit locking shut. A few S2 agents in suits are milling about too now.
  295. [12:07:46 AM] Elizabeth: "No!" She moves to the doors, windows, anything.
  296. [12:07:54 AM] Kara: Kara has her hands behind her back, "Elizabeth. Enough."
  297. [12:08:28 AM] Elizabeth: "No! He was here and I WAS PROMISED YOU'D HELP ME." Her voice rises and she crumples the pictures in her hand out of anger.
  298. [12:08:57 AM] MR RAGE: Sep comes up from behind, squeezing Elizabeth's shoulders. "Liz, please--"
  299. [12:09:04 AM] Kara: Kara clears her throat, "Elizabeth, are you going to come quietly?"
  300. [12:10:36 AM] Elizabeth: She's practically shaking now. "Where is he?" She looks at Kara accusingly, and at the agents that walked in. She tries to shake out of Sep's grasp, too.
  301. [12:11:38 AM | Edited 12:11:50 AM] Kara: Kara sighs, "Septimius, stand aside. Sabrina, if you would please." A curt nod."I've had enough of this show."
  302. [12:12:36 AM] MR RAGE: "Ah--yes'm." The Greek lets go, albeit hesitantly, watching the pair intently.
  303. [12:12:45 AM] Elizabeth: "Show?" She clenches her fists tightly and walks towards Kara.
  304. [12:13:32 AM] Durk: Sabrina steps up, towering over Elizabeth. "Sorry, ried to help." She says, though it doesn't sound too sincere. Next moment she's got Lizzie in a sleeper hold.
  305. [12:14:59 AM] Elizabeth: She drops the picture, trying desperately to get out of the hold...without much success. Her struggling becomes weaker at an increasingly fast rate.
  306. [12:15:18 AM] Kara: Kara steps forward, picking up the picture curiously.
  307. [12:15:25 AM] MR RAGE: "Ah--!"
  308. [12:15:26 AM] Kara: "Sorry, Elizabeth." She sighs, and stands up.
  309. [12:15:38 AM] Durk: "That's a good girl." Once she knows the girl is a sleeps she picks her up with ease.
  310. [12:16:15 AM] MR RAGE: Septimius frowns, rubbing at his arm. "M'am..."
  311. [12:16:51 AM] Kara: Kara sighs, rubbing her forehead. "Septimius, Sabrina. Thank you for your cooperation. I'm sorry this had to happen." A shaky sigh, "I didn't want this to happen... I don't think I'm going to have you go to school today."
  312. [12:17:47 AM] MR RAGE: "I...understand, m'am." His gaze fixes on Elizabeth.
  313. [12:18:12 AM] Durk: Sabrina inwardly jumps for joy.
  314. [12:21:19 AM] Kara: Kara sighs, "Agents, please take Miss Altava to the Clinic on the base. Septimius, Sabrina..." She bites her cheek, "Come with me."
  315. [12:22:09 AM] MR RAGE: "Yes, m'am."
  316. [12:22:15 AM] DBN: The agents acknowledge and leave with the unconscious pilot once the arcade reopens.
  317. [12:23:14 AM] Kara: Kara pats the passed out pilot on the head, "Don't hate me for this." She shrugs and walks out, "So... Ice cream?"
  318. [12:24:17 AM] MR RAGE: "Mn."
  319. [12:24:44 AM] Durk: "Sounds good to me!"
  320. [12:26:41 AM] Kara: Kara smiles shakily, and starts heading to the car... before she goes for her pocket, drawing out her phone. A glance at the screen to see who it iiiiiis....
  321. [12:28:32 AM] Kara: Kara can get that pale? She smiles at the children, probably a terrifying visage, "Just a moment... go to the car... I'll catch up." And she answers it, "Captain Buher, answering."
  322. [12:29:19 AM] MR RAGE: "?" Sep looks to Sabrina
  323. [12:29:36 AM] Durk: Sabrina obeys for once, heading to the car. "Someone's getting in trouble I think."
  324. [12:30:13 AM] DBN: "Director, it's Smerd. There's been a new--" The familiar klaxon howl echos out scross the city.
  325. [12:30:47 AM | Removed 12:31:02 AM] Durk: This message has been removed.
  326. [12:31:45 AM] Kara: Kara winces, "Shit, shit, shit!" She hangs up, "Sabrina, Sep! IN the car!" She's sprinting, and she calls the group that just took Elizabeth, "Wake her up! Dunk her in water, I don't care, just wake that little- wake her up!"
  327. [12:32:04 AM] Durk: "Shit. Guess I wasn't wrong."
  328. [12:32:19 AM] MR RAGE: "R-right!" Sep's in the car quickly, more falling into his chair than sitting.
  329. [12:32:35 AM] Durk: Sabrina's in after him.
  330. [12:32:55 AM] Kara: Kara climbs in, car starting up. She doesn't even ask for seatbelts: doors close, car is rolling!
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