April 27

Cheater’s Ball – the After Party

Boys: 
<Tristan hangs out on the front step with Nikki>
Boys: 
<Brennan shows up with Aubrey about the same time David and Taryn show up because they started fucking and showering before everyone else>
Girls: 
<Nikki smiles and looks over at Tristan> You should have seen Ren. Picking out the top notch shit… <shakes her head> She looked at Something that cost a week’s pay for me.
Boys: 
<Tristan laughs> Damn. <smiles> That bill is going to knock her on her ass.
Boys: 
<Brennan walks up with Aubrey, David and Taryn> What are we talking about?
Boys: 
<Tristan looks at Brennan, smiles> Ren’s alcohol run.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods sagely>
Girls: 
<Nikki nods> That bill was more than the rent on my first apartment.


Boys: 
<David shakes his head> Damn. Why? All we’re doin’ is rentin’ it.
Boys: 
<Tristan laughs> Speaking of rent.. she’s paying 950 for that apartment.
Boys: 
<Brennan blinks> Holy shit.
Girls: 
<Nikki shakes her head>
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Aubrey> Lifestyles of the Rich and Ridiculous.
Girls: 
<Aubrey shakes her head too> Fuck.. they saw her comin a mile away.
Girls: 
<Nikki nods> Totally.
Boys: 
<David looks at Tristan> So why are you outside?
Girls: 
<Taryn looks at David> Shit.
Boys: 
<David nods to Taryn>
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles> Akhiro and Ren are talking about her monthly expenses versus her income. We figured we’d give them some space.
Girls: 
<Nikki nods and smiles> Yeah.. I’m thinking the people who put down longer in the pot may as well just kiss that money goodbye.
Boys: 
<Tristan nods> Seriously.
Girls: 
<Taryn shakes her head> That’s so wrong.. betting that she’s gonna give up.
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles> You’re one that bet she’d last a few months aren’t you?
Girls: 
<Taryn nods> Yeah.
Boys: 
<Tristan laughs>
Boys: 
<David smiles at Taryn> Apparently, you have more faith is her than most of us.
Girls: 
<Taryn shrugs> I know how stubborn she can be.
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles> And we know how.. sheltered.. she can be. <looks at Tristan> What’d you bet?
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles> A week. Sang gave her a week and a half.
Boys: 
<David laughs> Oh, so longer than most relationships around here.
Girls: 
<Taryn elbows David, playfully>
Boys: 
<David laughs> Sad but true.
Girls: 
<Nikki looks at Tristan, smiles>
Boys: 
<Brennan and Tristan laugh, Tristan smiles> That’s just wrong.
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles at Nikki> So far, our “dating” has lasted longer than that.
Girls: 
<Aubrey laughs> Yes.. because you’re dating.
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles> That’s the secret isn’t it? “Date” exclusively and just never call it a “relationship” specifically and you’re good?
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles at Nikki> Are we dating exclusively?
Girls: 
<Nikki shrugs and smiles> We haven’t really talked about it. I guess because I’m not dating anyone else.
Boys: 
<Tristan nods> Neither am I.
Girls: 
<Taryn laughs> Yep.. dating exclusively.
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles> I’m okay with that.
Girls: 
<Nikki nods> Me too. <Smiles> Especially considering you have my panties hanging in your van.
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles at Taryn> And I think they just talked about it.
Girls: 
<Taryn laughs> Yes they did.
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles again> I *like* those panties. And I don’t have an excuse for not calling because I can’t find your number when I’m out.
Girls: 
<Nikki laughs> True..
Boys: 
<David smiles> Next week, Loch’s gonna get a bunch of bras together and hang ’em off the microphone stand.
Girls: 
<Aubrey laughs> Oh.. that’s great.
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<David nods> Steven Tyler has scarves, Loch’ll have women’s bras.
Girls: 
<Taryn smiles> And they’ll all be Saige’s.
Boys: 
<the boys laugh, David nods> Exactly.
Girls: 
<Aubrey laughs> And that means Saige won’t be wearing one at all.
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles> Okay, but who, at this point, can say they *aren’t* a badass couple?
Girls: 
<Taryn smiles> Won’t hear it from me. I’m just glad she’s back.
Boys: 
<Tristan nods> And I hate to say it, but I’m glad Loch’s back, too.
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<David and Brennan nod, David> Yeah, I was startin’ to feel like I didn’t really know him anymore.
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<David looks at Taryn> Or Saige, for that matter.
Girls: 
<Taryn nods> Seriously.. she was starting to creep me out. I actually found her in the kitchen the other day..*cooking*.
Boys: 
<Brennan blinks> *Saige*?
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<David arches a brow> And you didn’t try and commit her again?
Girls: 
<Taryn nods> Exactly. She wouldn’t tell me what or why.. and she left before I got back from my session *and* the kitchen was *spotless* when I got back.
Boys: 
<Tristan shakes his head> Damn. That’s scary.
Girls: 
<Taryn nods> It totally was.. and the only thing I could come up with was she was trying to make a dinner or lunch for Van or something.
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<Brennan shakes his head> Talk about your close calls. I think Hell was actually priming their heaters.
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at Taryn> Saige who does not believe the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but that it’s on her knees? Cooked *and* Cleaned. <looks at Brennan> Exactly.
Boys: 
<Akhiro walks outside with Ren, smiles at the others> Speaking of heat.. why the hell are you all out here?
Boys: 
<the boys look over Tristan smiles> You guys ready for us?
Girls: 
<the girls smile, Taryn grins> We didn’t want to interrupt.
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods>All we’re missing is music. Other than that, we’re ready to go.
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<Akhiro looks at Ren> Should we tell them about the phone call?
Girls: 
<Renee nods> Totally.
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods, looks at the others> Come inside so no one walks up on us while we’re talking about this.
Girls: 
<Renee smiles> I’m thinking that the more we have in the better the chances you know.
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods to Ren> Exactly. <goes back inside>
Girls: 
<Ren and the rest of the girls go in>
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<the boys look at each other, Tristan> Sounds serious. <heads inside with Brennan and David>
Boys: 
<Akhiro heads to the kitchen and starts making drinks> Okay.. so we were talking about Seth and Lia and how Lia gives one impression, but Seth gives another.
Boys: 
<Akhiro looks at the others> And we called Siobhan to find out what Seth’s said to *her* about Lia. Did you know she’s *so* morally rigid, she wouldn’t even use her vibrator when they were separated because it felt like cheating?
Girls: 
<Aubrey blinks> Bullshit.
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<Taryn shakes her head> Seriously?
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<Nikki shrugs> Mine’s my best friend.
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<Tristan arches a brow> That’s like us thinking our hand really *is* our girlfriend.
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<Tristan looks at Nikki> And you’ll totally have to introduce us sometime.
Girls: 
<Nikki smiles> Oh I will.
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<Tristan smiles>
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<Akhiro smiles, shakes his head> Anyway.. <tells them the rest>
Girls: 
<Nikki looks at Akhiro> Wait.. so she’s denying him what he needs most when they fight.. does she *know* he needs it?
Boys: 
<Brennan shake his head> She’s more fucked up than Sang has been. <looks at them> Wait.. we’re believing what Seth said, right?
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods to Brennan> So far it jives with what we’ve seen and even if it *is* just his perspective, there’s still a ton of truth to it, just like I’m sure there’s a ton of truth to *her* perspective, once you strip out the poor abused wife parts. <looks at Nikki> I don’t know. I didn’t think to ask that.
Girls: 
<Nikki nods> Okay.. <frowns while she thinks>
Boys: 
<Akhiro looks back at the others> Siobhan said when they *do* see her, they’re going to show her how a happy couple behaves. He’s moving in with her, they’re getting puppies and going to D.C. tomorrow night for the rest of the weekend so he can introduce her to his friends and co-workers and she said something about touching each other when they’re angry.
Boys: 
<Akhiro smiles> *We* are going to keep an eye out and call her out on her more manipulative behaviors. And Ren and I are going to talk to Van about what we know so far. In case he’s too close to it to see it.
Girls: 
<Renee nods> Like she’d put a lot of thought into it all.
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods to Ren> Seriously. <looks at the others> And even if Lia *doesn’t* know what he needs, apparently, Siobhan does.
Boys: 
<Brennan shakes his head> Now I don’t feel bad about telling her she should’ve kept her mouth shut.
Girls: 
<Renee nods> Which also makes me wonder if Lia knows what *Van* needs.
Boys: 
<Tristan looks at the others> So.. obviously there wasn’t a lot of talking and getting to know each other even *after* they got married. No wonder they couldn’t make it work.
Girls: 
<Nikki nods> Seriously.
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods> The problem is getting to know someone actually requires listening to them, which from what Seth says she has a hard time doing. And we’ve seen how their fights go.
Girls: 
<Taryn nods> Yeah.. she shuts down.
Boys: 
<David nods> That fight was.. really fuckin’ tense. <looks at them> All the fights I’ve had with everyone here, I have never felt that kind of tension between us.
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods> Even when Ren lost her mind temporarily, there wasn’t *that* kind of.. vibe.
Girls: 
<Nikki nods> Yeah.. because we didn’t all think she was getting beat behind closed doors.
Boys: 
<David nods to Nikki> Yeah, that thought crossed my mind, too.
Boys: 
<Tristan shakes his head> What makes someone act like that, though, if they *aren’t* being treated that way? <looks at them> The bitch sister?
Boys: 
<Akhiro looks at Ren> There’s a thought.
Girls: 
<Renee blinks> Oh.. I didn’t even think of that.
Girls: 
<Renee cocks her head> Which might also explain a lot more.
Boys: 
<Tristan shakes his head> Van and Seth have both said something about her, but Seth especially. And you can tell he *really* despises her.
Girls: 
<Taryn nods> Yeah you can.. he can barely hold his ire when he talks about her.
Boys: 
<Tristan nods> Which makes her acting like he beats her even more bizarre. He obviously protected Lia from her. He told us as much when he first got here and they were talking about her.
Boys: 
<Akhiro looks at Ren> Like he was barely holding it when talking about Lia tonight?
Girls: 
<Ren nods> Yes. <looks at Tristan> but if Lia learned to fight by fighting with her sister or seeing her sister fight that would explain why she’s that way.. and if her sister got violent with her… she’s probably expecting the same from whoever she fights with.
Boys: 
<Tristan nods> But she’s been with Seth almost two years. She should know by now *he’s* not going to get violent… <arches a brow> Unless she *wants* him to get violent and that’s why she doesn’t let him leave when he gets that pissed off.
Girls: 
<Taryn shakes her head> I don’t think she’s thinking that.
Boys: 
<Akhiro shakes his head> Or violence is the one thing she *can* justify as a reason to end her marriage.
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<Akhiro looks at them> Not that she needs to *now*.
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at them, obviously trying to put something together but can’t quite get there>
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<Tristan shakes his head> Whatever’s going on.. despite how happy they are with Van and Siobhan.. it doesn’t make their divorce suck less. I mean, they fought for two years to make it work. Or at least, he did. This isn’t just a guy and girl deciding it isn’t working anymore. They’re a *family* that’s breaking up.
Boys: 
<David nods> And that dog’s as good as their kid.
Girls: 
<Renee nods> She is.. the dog that is the only think Lia took.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods> Yeah, well.. he probably wouldn’t have *given* her Hera in the first place if he’d known she’d use her against him like that.
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<David looks at them> Has anyone considered the possibility that he didn’t quit working *because* he was gettin’ his man card shredded at home?
Girls: 
<Nikki nods> And Tristan’s right. The whole thing still sucks.
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at David and breathes> *That’s* it. Thank you.
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<David smiles at Akhiro> And I use “working” lightly. <looks at Aubrey> What?
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles> That’s what I was trying to get to. She’s been so busy feeding him his balls that she doesn’t realize what he did.. She’s selfish and insecure.
Boys: 
<Tristan looks at Aubrey> What he did? Oh.. and I’d call it “immature”.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Leaving everything.. and moving here?
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<David nods to Aubrey> So, basically, she was so busy punishin’ him for what he did and was doin’ that she actually *drove* him to keep doin’ it.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Uh huh.
Boys: 
<Tristan nods to Aubrey> Right.
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<Akhiro shakes his head> And she’ll eventually realize that all too late to do anything with it.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Yes she will. <looks at Brennan> You’re really quiet.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at her> I just think it sucks. I mean.. I can’t help but wonder if she’d realized it sooner, if they *could* have made it work.
Girls: 
<Renee nods> I had that thought.
Boys: 
<David shakes his head> What sucks is every woman in the world is lookin’ for a man with *that* kind of dedication *to* makin’ it work. But because of the shit with his job and lyin’ to cover it up, she never saw she had one.
Girls: 
<Taryn nods> She didn’t and she won’t. Because she can’t see past the original sin.
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<David looks at Taryn> Which just makes me think I’m that much luckier to have *you*.
Boys: 
<Brennan shakes his head> Wow. David saying that just made me realize Sang had the same problem with Loch. She couldn’t see past the Original Sin.
Girls: 
<Taryn smiles> Baby.. I’m the lucky one.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Exactly.
Boys: 
<Akhiro looks at Brennan> Maybe Lia jumped to her defense because she didn’t want her to. Maybe Lia’s not *totally* ignorant and she was relating to Sang and the idea that Sang might see past it somehow meant her own carefully protected world view in which she was 100% right was in jeopardy.
Boys: 
<Akhiro shakes his head> Or she felt like Brennan could be talking to *her*.
Girls: 
<Renee looks at Akhiro> All of that raises good points.
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods> I’m just thinking out loud, really.
Girls: 
<Renee nods> So how do we find this out?
Boys: 
<Akhiro shakes his head> I have no idea.
Boys: 
<Ethan shows up with Sang, heads inside to where the others are, smiles as he gets to making drinks for the two of them> So what’d we miss?
Boys: 
<And Samuel and Bree too>
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<who just walked in with them>
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> Hey! We miss anything good?
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Sang thoughtfully, to the others> Maybe we don’t find out. Maybe we let *Sang* find out.
Boys: 
<Samuel walks in with Bree>
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<Akhiro smiles at the newcomers> Hey. <fills them in on what’s going on>
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at Brennan, warily> Exactly what do you want me to do and why am I doing it and oh hell this has to do with that doesn’t it?
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at the others> Help?
Boys: 
<Akhiro looks at Sang, repeats the original sin idea and Lia relating to Sang because of it> So.. he’s just thinking maybe you could get in her head.
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at Akhiro> I suck at those games.
Boys: 
<Akhiro smiles> Well.. you *could* just talk to her about you and Loch and suddenly realize.. out loud.. how much the situations mirror each other.
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at Sang> No you don’t you did the same thing to Loch.
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles at Aubrey> Diplomacy.. not your forte.
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<David laughs> Well, no, shit, Brennan. When was the last time she diplomatically threw an ashtray at *your* head?
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles> Never has been. <looks at Brennan>
Boys: 
<Brenna looks at David> Not since we got back together anyway.
Boys: 
<Ethan listens while he makes the drinks, thinking about what they’re saying>
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at Aubrey, shakes her head> Here’s the thing.. I didn’t realize I was doing it until Brennan pointed it out to me. I don’t know that I’m the one you want doing this.
Boys: 
<Brennan shakes his head> So you point it out to her. You’re probably the only one she *won’t* turn her back on.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> All right.. I can do that.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> But if she gets shitty with me you better have one of your rants ready for her.
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles> I’ll see what I can do.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at Sang> Shit, darlin’. If he doesn’t, I’m sure I can come up with somethin’ to cover your ass.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles at Samuel> Cool.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles>
Boys: 
<David looks at Bree, smiles broadly> Ah, hell.
Girls: 
<Bree looks at David> What?
Boys: 
<David laughs> Samuel ranting at Lia?
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> Babe.. he’s just as liable to pull his gun on her.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at Bree> I’ll do it just on principle. Give her a piece of my mind, anyway. She fuckin’ annoys me with all that goody two shoes crap. Even Ava wasn’t *that* bad with all the jumpin’ at her own shadow bullshit.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> Ava at least got better.
Boys: 
<Samuel shakes his head> Ava was never that weak.
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<Akhiro blinks, looks at Taryn, looks at Ren, whispers> So *that’s* what it is.
Girls: 
<Ren looks at Akhiro, softly> Taryn’s like Ava but stronger?
Boys: 
<Akhiro whispers> He despises weak women. I’ll even go as far as to say weakness in general, but.. his mother classifies as weak, I’m thinking.
Boys: 
<Akhiro smiles, all proud of himself for figuring out Samuel even just a little bit, whispers> And Bree’s definitely not weak.
Girls: 
<Ren shakes her head> No she’s really not. <smiles> I think you’re right on that one.
Boys: 
<Akhiro whispers> And if you don’t *know* Taryn, you might think *she’s* weak. And he probably did, too, until she jumped his shit.
Boys: 
<Akhiro blinks, whispers> And it explains the little ritual with the batting cages. Once you prove you’re not weak emotionally or mentally to him, he teaches you to be stronger physically.
Girls: 
<Renee nods> It totally does. <softly> I wonder how Saige is fairing in that department.
Boys: 
<Akhiro thinks about it some more, whispers> And it explains why he gets along with Loch and Seth so well. <looks at Ren, nods>
Girls: 
<Renee smiles again> It totally does.
Boys: 
<Akhiro smiles> Cool.
Girls: 
<Renee looks over at Samuel, softly> I think it also explains his initial reaction to Saige.
Boys: 
<Akhiro whispers> When they were all hot and bothered for each other?
Girls: 
<Renee nods> Yeah
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods, whispers> I can’t help but wonder what would’ve happened there if Bree hadn’t shown up.
Girls: 
<Renee nods> They would have hooked up.
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods, whispers> But there was no future there. With Bree, there is. And one he obviously wants.
Girls: 
<Renee smiles, softly> Oh yeah.. and one he’s going to fight for.
Boys: 
<Akhiro smiles, whispers> And *she’ll* end up with a ring on her finger. I’d bet on it.
Girls: 
<Renee nods still smiling> Totally. <softly> He put her name on the property deed. I think that alone is incredibly telling.
Boys: 
<Akhiro smiles, whispers> You don’t do that with a woman you’re *not* planning on keeping as long as the property.
Girls: 
<Renee nods> Seriously.
Boys: 
<Akhiro smiles more broadly> And when *they* announce *their* engagement, the world will come screeching to a halt and lonely people everywhere will see that even *Samuel* found someone so there’s hope for *everyone*.
Girls: 
<Renee laughs> You’ve been listening to Christina Perri haven’t you?
Boys: 
<Akhiro laughs, kisses her>
Girls: 
<Renee kisses him back>
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Sang> So.. I guess we’ve got *that* covered. You like me again?
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at Brennan and gives him a thousand watt smile> I never didn’t like you, Bren. I didn’t like what you said. Or the fact that I felt attacked. But you were right.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles, walks over and hands Sang her drink, looks at the others> So.. this is an after party, right?
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles, nods> Okay. <shrugs> I’m not usually a big fan of my delivery either.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles and takes a sip of her drink> Thanks Ethan.
Girls: 
<Sangria sits her glass down and walks over to Brennan and hugs him tightly>
Girls: 
<Renee looks at Ethan> Yes..Yes it is.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles at Ren> So let’s get it started.
Girls: 
<Renee smiles> Music and Alcohol. We had a hot tub I’d say let’s get in.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles at Ren> And we’ve got other party supplies, too.
Girls: 
<Renee smiles> Sweet! So bust ’em out, babe.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles again, shakes his head> I’m on it. <walks over to the coffee table, empties his pockets and opens the pharmacy>
Girls: 
<Renee laughs> Holy shit… there’s something for everyone.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at Ren, smiles> We like to make sure our bases are covered.
Boys: 
<the boys head over with their drinks as Samuel lights a joint and starts passing it around>
Girls: 
<the girls head over too, Taryn looks at Akhiro> So are Van and Lia showing up?
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods> She told him as the band manager, he should be here.
Girls: 
<Taryn smiles> Wow.
Boys: 
<David looks over at Taryn> What?
Girls: 
<Taryn shakes her head> She told him..one would think as a …<looks at Akhiro> what’s the word for her?
Boys: 
<Akhiro looks at Taryn> Submissive?
Girls: 
<Taryn nods> Yes.. thank you.. that. That she wouldn’t be all..telling him what to do.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Taryn> Maybe she’s just that comfortable with him. Or just feels safe with him. You know, it’s Van. He’s not exactly the guy that’s going to go off the rails on you at the slightest provocation.
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<Brennan laughs> No. Apparently, that’s me.
Girls: 
<Taryn nods> I don’t know.. I mean.. I’m not sure. You know.
Boys: 
<Akhiro smiles at Taryn> Generally speaking, submissive people tend to ask more than tell, but she didn’t say “do it” so much as “I think you should”.
Girls: 
<Taryn nods> Oh..
Boys: 
<Akhiro shrugs> Then there are people who are submissive in their romantic relationships but not their other relationships. Anyway.. you’re right. If she *were* that submissive, she probably *wouldn’t* tell him what she thought he should do without him asking.
Boys: 
<Tristan nods> But if she’s been beaten down by the sister.. maybe that’s her attempt at diplomacy.
Girls: 
<Taryn shakes her head, looks at David>
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Tristan> She’s not very good with diplomacy. And when she heard Seth was signing the papers, she started to hyperventilate.. out of excitement.. I think. And she was completely scattered after that.
Boys: 
<Ethan shrugs> She was *so* scattered, that we actually had a hard time understanding her.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> She was totally scattered.. but I’m not so sure it was excitement. It seemed more like panic to me.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at her> You think so? Because she told Van it was a good thing. <looks at the others> But she *did* go on this kind of tirade about how she had to find a job and a place to live and shit now.
Boys: 
<Akhiro shakes his head> Am I the only one wondering why she waited until she heard he was signing the papers to worry about a job? When they bought a new house and everything? <looks at them> Or who thinks it seems *totally* out of character for her to be working as a waitress?
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> Yeah.. I do.. and it might be a good thing. But that doesn’t mean she’s not still panicked by the thought of being on her own. Especially in a new place with nothing but..well.. us.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods to Sang> True.
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles> It’s totally out of character.. but she took the first job she could get. I know she’s not planning on it being permanent. I also know she wasn’t expecting him to actually *sign* the papers.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Aubrey> Okay.. *every* time they get into a thing and she leaves… well.. she *knows* at some point she’ll probably end up leaving if this is a tactic she uses. So.. with that being the case, wouldn’t it make more sense to get a job “just in case”? Especially since she’s so big on not taking his money.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> That’s what *I’d* do.
Boys: 
<Akhiro looks at Brennan> Well, why get a job and be, I don’t know.. independent.. when she can be further victimized and a man.. Van.. rescue her?
Boys: 
<David shakes his head> She took it for granted that he wouldn’t sign the papers and he’d keep tryin’ to support her. <looks at them> That’s what she did.
Girls: 
<Taryn shrugs> Maybe with the house hunting and everything she just didn’t have the time to do it.. I know she applied at the library and the bookstore, and with the city.
Boys: 
<Samuel takes a sip of a beer, shakes his head, looks at Taryn> Bullshit. She put in three applications in a month of bein’ here? <looks at Bree> What do *you* think, baby girl?
Girls: 
<Bree shrugs> I don’t know the girl but, I know that I’d have myself a job before I went walkin’ out on my man especially if I was plannin’ that shit. I also know that this girl *doesn’t* plan ahead and doesn’t think about what she’s sayin’ or doin’. <looks at Samuel> I also think she could benefit from a week in your training camp and I’m not talkin’ about the one you’re givin’ Saige.
Girls: 
I’m talkin’ about the one you gave Ava. I also think that while she *might* be projecting shit from her sister onto Seth that it’s totally unfair of her to do that and that she’s quickly gettin’ on my last nerve. I’m not sure what the outcome you all want is but I know if she doesn’t get off her high horse and stop thinkin’ she’s Little Miss Mary Fuckin’ Sunshine, she’s gonna be takin’ a fast trip back to DC. The quiet little virgin act only works while you’re still a virgin *and* she’s not.
Girls: 
She’s also very inexperienced with guys and that’s half her problem right there.  The other half is she doesn’t listen to anyone. She’s so wrapped up in her own poor me shit that she can’t see what she’s doin’ to the people around her and *that* was Ava too. And here’s another thing that Ava and Lia have in common…they both have sisters that dragged them down. I love Em.. but Em did nothin’ but criticize and condemn Ava for trying to support her and that kid. And *that’s* a *big* part of this for Lia too.
Girls: 
I don’t have siblings but I always thought they were supposed to be there for you no matter what. Not kick you when you’re down. And everything I’ve heard about Lia and her sister suggests that is exactly what her sister did. <Takes a deep breath and looks at Samuel, chagrined> Wow.. guess I was holding a bunch of shit in.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles, looks at the others> And let me throw *this* at y’all. She hates his job so bad? He hasn’t *taken* a job since they been here. And they’re buyin’ a house. How the fuck are they gettin’ by if he’s not workin’ and she don’t get off her ass and help him out? Where does she think that money’s comin’ from? They still need to eat, pay the cell phone bill, the car insurance *and* feed that dog. Without him takin’ any jobs to make the little pain in the ass happy, that money’s comin’ out of some kind of savin’s. If she hates his job *so* damn much.. why the hell isn’t she bustin’ her ass to get a fuckin’ job so he *doesn’t* have to go out and do it? Because you can bet your ass if I wanted Bree outta the club, I’d be makin’ damn sure I could pay the bills *without* her help. And *Lia’s* got some kinda library degree? What’s Seth got? I’ll bet you he ain’t been past the twelfth grade if he got that far. So, while she’s sittin’ around whinin’ about his cheatin’ ways because he fucks for a livin’, his *wife* isn’t doin’ fuck and all to make it so he can quit.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at Bree> And that savin’s isn’t gettin’ any bigger. It’s just gettin’ smaller.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at them> And it’s not like Solitude is a fuckin’ island. She could get a job outside the town she had to.
Boys: 
<Brennan stares at Samuel and Bree for a long moment, quietly> You guys are *awesome*.
Boys: 
<Samuel lights a cigarette and takes a drag> So, she’s sitting around on her ass playin’ Momma Cleaver while her man’s supportin’ her ass only to come home and take her shit because she don’t approve of how he’s doin’ it. Whinin’ about all the women he’s been with and what’s left for her.. and I gotta ask why in the fuck he kept comin’ home at *all*.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> Exactly. <smiles> And here’s somethin’ else. If it were me..I’d be killin’ myself so you didn’t have to work at doin’ that. Oh.. and while we’re on it.. she hates his job so much but she fucking made a video with her husband’s *best* friend. She can’t hate it that much.. because you’d better bet your ass he’d be dead and I’d be chained to the nearest post for a public flogging. And how does someone with all those high falutin’ morals *do* that?  <looks at Samuel> Even when we were at our worst.. it never once occurred to me to fuck Aiden.  It never once occurred to me to fuck Rad or Jace either. Her morals aren’t any more rigid then the rest of us .  The only difference is and *this* is what it boils down to.. She married a fuckin’ porn star. Not his fault she didn’t find that shit out before she married him. Yes he lied… and *that* should be the focus and not even really *that*.. because *she* married him after only. two. days.
Girls: 
<Bree looks at Brennan> So maybe instead of being pissed off at her husband she should be asking herself what’s wrong with her that she got hitched after only two days.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at Bree> Dead on, baby girl. And if I went out and fucked *your* best friend, I wouldn’t be able to function as a man anymore. *Ever*. <looks at the others> And she not only fucked his best friend but looked him in the eye and told him that was her intention? We got one word for that where we come from. “Whore”. And that’s what she is. She’s a fuckin’ whore hidin’ behind a gold band.
Boys: 
<Samuel takes a drag> And she cries “victim” anytime anyone gets close to maybe noticin’.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Sang> Suddenly, I don’t feel like such an asshole for what I said to *you*.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> Seriously.
Boys: 
<Samuel shrugs> We’re not bein’ assholes. We’re tellin’ you the truth.
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods> And every fucking point was extremely valid.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> If anyone of us were doin’ that shit you’d be callin’ us the same thing.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods to Bree> And some of us didn’t actually have to *do* shit. <looks at the others> Sometimes, y’all just have to *hear* about shit.
Boys: 
<Samuel shakes his head> Lia’s only special because she’s pretty and she plays the victim so god damn well.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> And someone said at some point. You don’t have to be a victim.. it’s a choice.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at Bree> There’s no victims. Only volunteers.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> Yes! <looks at them> So the question is.. what do we do about it?
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> Let Brennan and Samuel deal with her?
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Sang, smiles> I say let Samuel and Bree deal with her if we want her to cry.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> Well there is that.

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Posted April 27, 2012 by The Universe in category "Fiction", "Solitude