April 27

I Am Heaven Sent – The Crow and the Butterfly

Boys: 
<Van waits in front of Lucio’s with Siobhan, checks the time on his phone> I think I’m actually a little nervous.
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> Me too. <smiles> This is my first time on this side of things.. I was usually the one being wined and dined by the temperamental director.
Boys: 
<Van smiles> Or chained up?
Girls: 
<Siobhan laughs> Yes.. that too.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> Though I guess if he didn’t remember me I didn’t make that much of an impression on him.
Boys: 
<Van smiles again> He remembered you. And it didn’t take *that* much prodding.


Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> Actually, he remembered me because of the stink I put up about not doing the nude scene, nude. <grins>
Boys: 
<Van laughs> See? You made an impression.
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> Yeah.. I just didn’t see the point when all that they were gonna do was wrap me in a sheet anyway.. you know.
Boys: 
<a 2011 Black Challenger rumbles up to the curb, a tall slim but not scrawny man gets out with long black hair, eyes the color the new denim, everything about him is long, from his slightly narrow face to his black nailed fingers which are adorned with several silver rings of varying styles, his cheekbones prominent with a wide chin and nose, the bridge of which is pierced, he wears heavy boots, black leather pants, a black silk button down shirt unbuttoned to the third button all covered by a long black trench coat, walks around the car and opens the passenger door, looks over at Van and Siobhan, smiles genuinely> So.. *this* is a “quaint” little town. <laughs> What the fuck, man? You actually *live* here?
Boys: 
<Van nods to Siobhan, watches the car pull up, smiles when Pope gets out, laughs> Yeah, man. I actually live here. <walks over and shakes his hand, Pope gives him one of those half guy hugs, smiles> No, seriously. It’s nice. And it’s nice to see you again.
Girls: 
<Bonnie climbs out of the car, looks around, smiles> I think quaint describes it perfectly.
Girls: 
<Siobhan walks over to the group, looks at Pope, smiles> It’s good to see you again.
Boys: 
<Pope lets go of Van, blatantly looks Siobhan over, smiles> Yeah. She’ll do. <walks over and hugs her tightly before letting her go> Nice to see you, too. <looks at Bonnie> Salem’s Lot was a quaint little town, too. The vampires were it’s only redeeming quality. <looks at Van and Siobhan> This is Bonnie. Do *not* call her Bon-Bon or she will seriously kick your ass. <holds out his hand to Bonnie> Bonnie.. this is Van and Siobhan.
Boys: 
<Van smiles at Bonnie> It’s nice to meet you.
Girls: 
<Siobhan hugs Pope back, and smiles at Bonnie as well> Hey. It’s good to see you again too.
Girls: 
<Bonnie smiles> It is. It’s been too long.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks over at Pope> We don’t have any Vampires.. unless you count Saige.
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Siobhan, arches a brow> Suck the life out of you, will she? Sounds like my kind of woman.
Boys: 
<Van laughs> Well, she’s our writer and we’re waiting on her, now.
Girls: 
<Siobhan laughs> You’d have to ask Van about her sucking abilities.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles, looks at Van> Oh, really?
Boys: 
<Van smiles> She can suck.
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Bonnie> Mr. Understated there.
Girls: 
<Saige rides up on her bike, pulls off her helmet and shakes her hair free>
Boys: 
<Van looks over when Saige pulls up> And there she is now.
Girls: 
<Bonnie laughs> Seriously.
Boys: 
<Pope looks over>
Girls: 
<Saige swings her leg over her bike and stands beside it as she hooks the helmet to the seat, fixes herself in the mirror and turns to the group, smiles as she walks over to Van> Hey babe. <kisses his cheek>
Boys: 
<Van smiles> Hey. Saige, this is Pope and Bonnie.
Boys: 
<Pope watches Saige for a second before nodding> What’s up?
Girls: 
<Saige looks Pope over her eyes finally reaching his> Not much. Nice to meet you<looks over at Bonnie> both. <smiles at Van> I brought the script outline.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles> You know.. I could *swear* I’ve seen you somewhere before.
Boys: 
<Pope thinks for a second, looks at Bonnie> At.. that sex club in New York, wasn’t it? Kind of hard to forget with that hair.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles again> Well.. that and the doe eyed “omg” look.
Girls: 
<Bonnie nods> Yes.. with the hot flame. <Bonnie smiles at Pope> I’m surprised you recognized her, considering she’s got more on this time.
Boys: 
<Pope laughs> Yeah, well.. I never forget a virgin.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> Probably. <shakes her head> Christ was I that obvious?
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Saige> Oh, I don’t know if I’d say you were obvious. I just happen to be more.. perceptive.. than the average guy. Kind of have to be in my profession.
Girls: 
<Saige nods, then shakes her head still smiling, looks at Van> I can’t believe this.. I leave town only to be recognized by two people at the club.
Boys: 
<Van smiles> That’s what you get for standing out.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Saige> Just be glad he didn’t show up *before* you were outted.
Girls: 
<Saige laughs> There is that.
Boys: 
<Van smiles> Come on. Let’s go in and get our table. <walks over and opens the door>
Girls: 
<Saige, Siobhan and Bonnie head in through the door amid thank you’s>

Boys: 
<Van and Pope follow, Van talks to the host who then leads them to the table and hands out menus as they take their seats>
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles at Pope> So Saige writes romance novels.
Boys: 
<Pope looks over the menu at Saige, arches a brow> Really?
Boys: 
<and after everyone’s ordered a round of drinks>
Girls: 
<Saige nods> Yes. Under a pen name.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles> What name? I might have actually read something.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Siobhan like “seriously?”>
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles at Van>
Girls: 
<Saige tells him her pen name and shrugs> I know it’s cheesy as hell.
Boys: 
<Pope nods> I’ve got a few at home. <looks at Van> Don’t get that look. There’s a gold mine of material there. <shakes his head> Sometimes, I think historical romance writers do more research about the actual period they set their stories in than the more generalized historical fiction writers.
Boys: 
<Van smiles at Pope> I’ll take your word for it.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles> Seriously. There is *also* a gold mine of information about women in there.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Pope> You read Cosmo in high school, didn’t you?
Boys: 
<Pope smirks> Please. I read it *now*.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> I spend months researching the era and the place in the era.
Girls: 
<Bonnie laughs> Yes he does.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles at Bonnie> And while I’m at it, I fill Bonnie in on all the bits of *mis*information about men that it’s filled with. <looks back at Van> And a romance writer handling the porn scripts? Totally. Who says porn can’t be romantic?
Boys: 
<Van arches a brow> It kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?
Boys: 
<Pope shakes his head> Not if you want to turn on both men *and* women. <shrugs> Besides.. porn is about pushing the boundaries.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> I think so. Especially what you do Van.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Siobhan, smiles> If I was worried about boundaries, I wouldn’t have called Pope.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> Why do I think I’m going to get quite an education?
Girls: 
<Saige reaches into her briefcase and hands Pope a brief outline of her ideas for the script, very broad ideas, with some personal horror added in for good measure>
Boys: 
<Pope flips through the menu he’s not really reading> Here’s the thing, though.. there’s a catch with mixing porn and romance. Porn is about turning people on, right? Porn is everyone’s dirty little secret. Why? Because their hidden stash reveals their true desires and fantasies. With romance, there are two flavors. Bright and shiny, Disney flavored romance and dark, dangerous, socially unacceptable romance. Porn is all about the latter. There’s no room for Disney in porn and the two shall not meet. Unless you’re the guy that directed Alice in Wonderland, the Porn Musical.
Boys: 
<Pope puts down the menu, takes the script outline, looks at Saige> Tell me it’s dark and dangerous.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles secretively> It can be. That is a very broad outline. I just got the proposition last night.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles in response to her smile> Promising. <looks at Van> And before you say that was a good movie.. I’d like to point out it was good as a *comedy*. Who the hell actually got turned on by that? Not the kind of people you want to market to, trust me.
Boys: 
<Van smiles, nods> Point taken.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> *That* was a funny movie… I couldn’t get past the Mad Hatter.
Girls: 
<Saige blurts> I couldn’t get past all the *hair*.
Girls: 
<Bonnie smiles> I couldn’t get around tweedle dee and dumb.
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Saige and Siobhan> Point made. <flips through the outline> Now.. women, particularly, have dark shameful fantasies. This is what makes them so much.. fun.. to cater to.
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Van>
Boys: 
<Pope looks at them> Men always secretly want to be the cowboy. And a *lot* of them secretly wish they had the villain’s balls.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Saige, smiles>
Boys: 
<Van nods to Pope> Nice guys always secretly wish just once in a while at least, they could be the asshole.
Boys: 
<Pope nods, looking back at the script> Because the asshole, in real life, always gets the girl.
Girls: 
<The girls listen>
Boys: 
<Pope smiles> And women love nothing more than a good bad boy.
Boys: 
<Pope shrugs> But.. unless you’re dealing specifically in ideas of good versus evil.. what you *really* need to get women going is a good anti-hero.
Girls: 
<Bonnie smiles>
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Van> You know.. the bad boy that can be redeemed. The bad boy with a *reason* for being a bad boy. Usually because he’s fucking “wounded”.
Boys: 
<Van bursts out laughing> David and Taryn.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> David.
Boys: 
<Van smiles at Saige, nods>
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> Yes.
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Bonnie> Why am I not surprised?
Girls: 
<Bonnie looks at Pope> Because nothing surprises you.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles> Not anymore, no.
Girls: 
<Bonnie smiles>
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Pope> What aren’t you surprised about?
Boys: 
<Pope looks at the others> Anyway, the point is.. the *evil* guy does *not* get the girl. The good guy always trumps his ass and saves the girl. When you have an anti-hero, though… you don’t generally even have a “good guy” make an appearance. <looks at Siobhan> I’m not surprised you all know someone that fits the anti-hero description.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> Oh.. Saige was engaged to him, right before she and Van got together.
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Saige, smiles> *That* doesn’t surprise me either. I bet Mr. anti-hero was quite popular with the women.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> Well My twin sister anyway.
Boys: 
<Van smiles> Well.. before he got married, he was a womanizing bastard, but Taryn tamed him. Now he’s…
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Van> Redeemed.
Boys: 
<Van laughs> Fuck. <nods, smiles> Yeah. Totally redeemed.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> Taryn’s hero?
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Bonnie> And they all lived happily ever after.
Girls: 
<Bonnie sighs> I hate happily ever after.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles> It is pretty fucking nauseating, isn’t it?
Girls: 
<Siobhan whispers to Van> Which would be why he likes Saige’s books. Her’s don’t all end in happily ever after.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Siobhan, arches a brow, whispers> What kind of romance novel that *doesn’t* end in happily ever after sells?
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> Her’s because… you’ll just have to read one.
Boys: 
<Van nods> I guess so.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> She draws you in so you want to know what happens to her characters.
Boys: 
<Pope looks back at the script> So.. if we’re doing a low brow porn flick.. all we care about is the fucking. Not the why or how. But if we want a *story* that has enough graphic fucking to keep men interested and enough romance to get women involved.. we need an anti-hero. <looks at Saige> And we need a writer with the balls to explore her most shameful dark secret fantasies and put them on paper. More than that, we need a writer that *also* knows what *other* women secretly and shamefully fantasize about.
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Pope> Being dominated.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles> It’s a start. But we can do better than that.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Saige> Did you get that file I sent you last night? The video rip?
Girls: 
<Saige nods> Yeah.. that was.. awesome actually.
Boys: 
<Van nods, looks at Pope> I thought Saige should get an overview of your work so I sent her a copy of the movie we made.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> I liked it.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles> Thank you. We had a lot of fun doing it. <looks at Bonnie> Didn’t we, baby?
Girls: 
<Bonnie smiles> Oh.. I had a blast. <grins> And the eye candy didn’t hurt.
Boys: 
<Pope takes a sip of his drink after the waitress drops them off and takes their orders and menus> I didn’t actually write that one. Bonnie wrote it and I illustrated it.
Boys: 
<Van smiles at Bonnie> There was a fair bit of that, actually. The women were gorgeous.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Pope> I thought you wrote it. <looks at Bonnie> I really liked the story.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles> Call it a.. shared fantasy.
Girls: 
<Bonnie smiles at Siobhan> Thanks. <looks at Van> Yeah it was fun. Especially the part with the suit.
Girls: 
<Bonnie looks at Pope> And I don’t have as much of a problem being restrained.
Boys: 
<Van smiles at Bonnie> Yeah, Seth seemed to really enjoy that, too.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles at Bonnie> You quite enjoy it now, actually.
Girls: 
<Bonnie nods> I do. <smiles> I guess it’s all in the context.
Boys: 
<Pope looks at the others> There’s still a *little* hesitation, but it’s part of the excitement for her.
Girls: 
<Bonnie nods> It is. <smiles> I can’t wait to graduate to bigger things. <looks at Pope>
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Bonnie> Oh, we will.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Pope> Speaking of… Seth’s wife, Lia? Saige and I did a video with her and Seth.
Boys: 
<Pope looks back at Van, arches a brow> The virgin did a porn vid?
Boys: 
<Van nods> Yes, she did. A.. private.. one.. more or less, but yes.
Girls: 
<Saige nods> She did. <looks at Van> It was *very* interesting.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Saige> That’s a good word for it.
Girls: 
<Bonnie looks at Van> How did *That* happen?
Boys: 
<Pope nods, takes another sip of his drink> So.. what are these “personal issues” Seth’s having that are keeping him from potentially being part of this? I’ve never known him to turn down a gig. Or to have “personal issues” for that matter. At least none that would interfere with making a video.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Van> Want me to field that one?
Boys: 
<Van shakes his head> I’ve got it. They might as well know. <looks at Pope and Bonnie, takes a breath> Okay.. so.. they were separated as we all know and she walked into the club we were in told him she was going to fuck me. We’ll start there. Saige and I were seeing each other at the time and one thing led to another and we go to the set and take them through it. Interviews and all.
Boys: 
<Van lights a cigarette> They decide to come out here for.. I guess you could say a second chance. And… he ends up sleeping with Siobhan and she ends up moving in with me.
Boys: 
<Pope arches a brow, laughs> Jesus Christ, Van. As the World Burns, much?
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Bonnie> We should’ve been here filming *that*.
Girls: 
<Bonnie smiles> Totally. The Real Lives of Porn Stars…a Docudrama.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles> No shit.
Boys: 
<Van shakes his head> Anyway.. they decided yesterday to give it another shot and he and I aren’t really speaking right now.
Boys: 
<Pope arches a brow> Oh, yeah. I could see where that might make filming a porn vid a little difficult.

Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> Yeah.. and the three of us were going to make this movie but.. So now it’s just us.
Boys: 
<Pope nods> *I’ll* talk to him.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles> And the wife, too.
Boys: 
<Van takes a drag, shakes his head> Good luck with that one.
Girls: 
<Siobhan shakes her head> I’m not sure that’ll do any good.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles> Pffft. Watch me work. <pulls out his phone, searches his contact list for Seth’s number, dials it>
Girls: 
<Bonnie smiles> Behold the wonder that is Pope in director mode.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles again when Seth answers> Seth! Scott Pope. What’re you doing, man? <arches a brow> Furniture shopping with the wife? Wow. That’s.. ridiculously sweet. What are you doing later, Prince Charming? <pauses> D.C.? <shakes his head> No. Not gonna work for me. I’m in Solitude and we need to set up a meeting.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Van>
Girls: 
<Saige watches Pope>
Girls: 
<Bonnie grabs a breadstick and munches while she watches>
Boys: 
<Pope listens, rolls his eyes> Yeah, no. What about dinner? You can do your D.C. bullshit tomorrow. I came all the way from Baltimore. The *least* you and the wife can do is listen to the proposition.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles> Blah, blah, blah. <looks at Van, still talking to Seth> The Rock Bottom? What the fuck is *that*? <smiles> Seriously? Sure. We can meet there but don’t think we’re having this conversation there.
Boys: 
<Scott nods> All right. I’ll talk to you then. Tell Lia I said hi and I’m *really* looking forward to seeing her again. Especially now that she actually *knows* what the fuck you do. <hangs up>
Boys: 
<Van smiles> You’re going to stir shit up, aren’t you?
Boys: 
<Pope shrugs> I’m just going to present them with a movie proposition. If it stirs shit up..<smiles> it should at least prove to be interesting.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at him> Yeah probably not at the Rock. <looks at Van> We can do it at my place. <smiles wickedly> Didn’t you say the rest of the stuff from your storage shed should be there this afternoon?
Boys: 
<Van looks at Siobhan, smiles> Yes, I did.
Boys: 
<Pope arches a brow> Oh, please tell me there is potential drama brewing.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Pope, innocently> Oh.. there could be *some*.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles at Siobhan> Oh..I like you.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> Good. I have a feeling we’re going to make beautiful movies together.
Boys: 
<Pope laughs> That remains to be seen, babe. <smiles> But it *is* shaping up to be a promising venture.
Girls: 
<Siobhan laughs> At the very least, <smiles> We’ll always have New York.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles again> There *is* that, yes.
Girls: 
<Saige looks at them> So what are you planning and do you need me? <smiles>If I’m writing a script I need to know how many people I have to work with.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Saige> Well.. originally, we started off with three people. Me, Seth and Siobhan.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Siobhan> Are we still sticking to that?
Girls: 
<Saige nods> All right. <Siobhan looks at Van> Do we have a third if Seth won’t?
Boys: 
<Van smiles> I.. was under the impression you wanted only the two of us. That you wouldn’t be comfortable working with anyone else.
Girls: 
<Bonnie looks at Van, smiles> I wasn’t aware that the stars got to choose.
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> I don’t know that I would..<looks at Bonnie> This being my first and all… well second.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Bonnie> In a typical scenario, that might be true, but this isn’t a typical scenario.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Van> I’m not sure.
Boys: 
<Pope lights a cigarette> So, what *is* the scenario?
Boys: 
<Van looks at Siobhan, takes her hand, looks at Pope> The scenario is this the breakout movie for the company. The one we’re launching with. And Siobhan is a celebrity name that carries weight. It’s also that she did a porn movie prior that was… less than ideal. The fact she’s willing to do it at all is somewhat amazing.
Boys: 
<Pope nods> I want to see it.
Girls: 
<Saige shakes her head and looks at Pope> No you don’t. It’s bad and not in the overly hairy 70’s bow chicka wow wow way.
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Saige> Which is even more reason why I *should*. Don’t you think? Considering I’m going to be working with her, I should know what the damage is.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Van, then at Pope> The damage has been taken care of. <looks back at Van>
Girls: 
<Bonnie looks at Pope> I’ll find you a copy.
Boys: 
<Pope nods to Bonnie> Good. <looks at Siobhan> I’m not going to advertise it. but I *do* need to see it in the interests of knowing *exactly* what I’m dealing with. Or potentially dealing with.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Siobhan> Let him see it. It’s not like we’re not making a PSA out of it.
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> All right…At the loft tonight.
Boys: 
<Van nods>
Boys: 
<Pope nods> All right. As far as who you’ll work with and won’t goes.. my primary concern is on screen chemistry. If you don’t have that, it doesn’t matter *who* we choose to work with you. Especially since we’re not doing your average run of the mill porn.
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> I can understand that.. and <smiles> I work well with both Van and Seth.

Boys: 
<Pope smiles> From what I’ve heard, I have no doubt you have *great* chemistry with them off screen. You have any tape of the three of you?
Boys: 
<Pope smiles> Or even just you and each of them separately?
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Van> You used that little hand held in the hotel. <frowns> Or Seth did.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Siobhan, thinks, looks at Pope> You should probably ask Seth about that.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles more broadly> In front of the wife? Do I dare?
Girls: 
<Saige smiles>
Girls: 
<Bonnie nods> Of *Course* you dare.
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Bonnie, sighs> I guess I’ll have to, won’t I?
Boys: 
<Van smiles, shakes his head>
Girls: 
<Bonnie nods> Yes you will.. unless you pull him aside.
Boys: 
<Pope smirks> Pffft. Why would I do *that*? <looks at Van> She knows about the affair, right?
Boys: 
<Van nods> Yeah. She does.
Boys: 
<Pope nods> So I won’t be revealing any secrets.
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> You won’t be.
Boys: 
<Pope takes a drag> She’s just going to have to deal with it. It’s part of the job and if I can talk him into it… it’s going to be out there in front of her all the time. The sooner she gets used to it, the better.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Van> I have no clue what he’s going to do with it.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Siobhan> Do with what?
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> A proposition. He told me he was going back to work.. but that was before they decided to work it out.
Boys: 
<Van nods> And not for us.
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> Yes.
Boys: 
<Pope shakes his head> We’ll see. He’s a professional, right? He should be used to working with people he doesn’t necessarily want to. And I’m sure he could use the cash. <smiles, shakes his head> Especially since they’re furniture shopping.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Van, smiles> Oh yeah.. it’s going to be fun tonight. I’ll cook.
Girls: 
<Saige mutters> Which will make that that much more interesting.
Boys: 
<Van smiles at Siobhan> All right.
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Saige, smiles> What’s wrong? You’re not up for a little drama?
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> Oh.. I’m always up for Drama.. I’m not up for the kind of Drama her cooking inspires.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> Saige.. I’ve learned to cook since then.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Pope and Saige, sighs> Okay.. here’s the thing. Lia and Seth were potentially getting divorced and Siobhan and I were their.. affairs.. who they were going to stay with. Well.. they’re back together and what they *don’t* know.. is that.. Siobhan and I are.. <laughs> Oh, my god, this is insane. <smiles> Siobhan and I together now.
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods, Saige blinks> Nice.
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Van, arches a brow, looks at Siobhan, bursts out laughing> Oh, my god, *yes*!
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> I was thinking we could play around with what we were talking about last night.. tonight while they’re there. You know?
Boys: 
<Van smiles at Pope > I’m glad you’re amused. <looks at Siobhan> What’s that?

Girls: 
<Bonnie Laughs> It’s perfect.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> Bringing out Super Kink.
Boys: 
<Van laughs> Would you please stop calling it that. <shakes his head, smiling> *These* is not our usual lives. I swear. Just.. this particular couple of weeks have been a giant, incestuous clusterfuck.
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> Okay..
Boys: 
<Pope smiles> Oh, that’s all right. I couldn’t turn this down *now* if I wanted to.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Pope, smiles>
Boys: 
<the waitress brings the food and the boys start eating, Pope looks at Siobhan, smiles> So.. how much of this drama is your fault?
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Pope, shrugs> Most of it.
Boys: 
<Pope laughs> That’s beautiful. <smiles at Van> She doesn’t even *try* to play it off.
Boys: 
<Van smiles at Siobhan> Not *most* of it. Most of it’s Seth’s fault.

Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Van, smiles> I don’t know.. if I hadn’t gone all logical and shit.
Boys: 
<Pope shakes his head> Let me put it another way. Who’s the most victimized.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Pope> Lia.
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> Oh yeah.
Boys: 
<Pope rolls his eyes> Of *course* she is. <shakes his head> *This* is why you don’t fuck virgins.
Girls: 
<Bonnie shakes her head, looks at Pope> Isn’t she always the victim.

Boys: 
<Pope nods> I seem to remember her being particularly vulnerable, yeah.
Boys: 
<Van arches a brow> Go easy on her. Seth is particularly good at victimizing her.
Girls: 
<Bonnie nods> Which makes me ask.. so is she a victim or a volunteer?
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Van> Oooh. Right. You *like* her. Van.. you like this particular virgin *because* it’s practically uncharted territory. I mean.. she’s *trainable*. Controllable. Which is exactly why *Seth* was so hot for her when they got married.
Boys: 
<Pope nods to Lia> At this point.. I have to go with volunteer. <looks at Pope> Being a virgin doesn’t automatically equate to “nice girl”, you know. They’re just as capable of being catty, raging bitches as any other woman.
Boys: 
<Pope shrugs> Hell.. *Bonnie* was practically a virgin, so I know where you’re both coming from on this.
Boys: 
<Van arches a brow> You’re saying you “trained” Bonnie?
Boys: 
<Pope looks at him> You’re fucking right I did.
Boys: 
<Pope shrugs> The difference is, *she* figured out she wasn’t a victim so much as a volunteer pretty damn quickly.
Girls: 
<Bonnie nods> He did. <smiles at Pope>
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Bonnie, smiles> Not that she wasn’t perfect to start with.
Girls: 
<Bonnie shakes her head> I wasn’t.. do you not remember that huge fight we got into in front of your people.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles again> How could I fucking forget it. <looks at the others> And it wasn’t a huge fight so much as *her* telling me what a raging asshole I am. <looks at her> Or are you talking about the one where you slapped me?
Girls: 
<Bonnie nods> Both actually.
Boys: 
<Pope nods, looks at the others> Here’s what happened. Bonnie and I met when I was shooting a film in her hometown. We spent the night together and what was supposed to be a one night stand turned into a weekend. When the weekend was up, work called me somewhere else. I didn’t *want* to leave, but I had to and I really didn’t have room or time in my schedule for a new relationship. Anyway.. I left and didn’t say goodbye. A few months later, we run into each other in another location at an art show. I was there with some friends. We didn’t really acknowledge each other despite the fact that our groups merged. And she was there with her new emo faggot boyfriend.
Girls: 
<Bonnie arches her brow, when he says emo faggot boyfriend>
Boys: 
<Pope takes a bite of his food> Anyway.. eventually, she decided she had to say something to me and she did. And it wasn’t pretty and my response could’ve been better. And she storms off. We all go back to our respective hotels only to find out we’re all booked in the same one and her room is on the next floor. So, we had a few more run ins. One of which resulted in her slapping me in front of everyone and me dragging her off to my room after I slapped her back. <looks at Bonnie> What? He *so* was.
Girls: 
<Bonnie looks at him> I will give you Emo and boyfriend, but He definitely was *not* a faggot.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles, looks at the others> Anyway.. long story short.. I still wanted her but she was *totally* dick whipped by *him*. So, I did what any ruthless, arrogant, driven villain in my position would. I seduced her away from him.
Girls: 
<Bonnie looks at him, smiles> By chaining me up to your bed, and denying me an orgasm for *Days*.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles> Tell them the truth, baby. <looks at the others> Actually.. I very calculatedly got her alone as often as possible and at one point, a couple of our friends, who were totally fed up with the whole song and dance, locked her in my room with me. At which point.. when the sexual tension she *continued* to deny got to be too much, I raped her.
Boys: 
<Van blinks, drops his fork>
Girls: 
<Bonnie nods>
Girls: 
<Bonnie looks at them> He did chain me to his bed.
Boys: 
<Pope watches their reactions>
Girls: 
<Siobhan blinks>
Girls: 
<Saige chokes on her drink>
Boys: 
<Pope smiles> Now that I’ve got your attention. Here’s the thing about what happened between us… *technically*.. by law.. I raped her. But it’s not that black and white. Rape in general isn’t always black and white. Bonnie wanted me as much as I wanted her, but she wouldn’t let herself get past her anger and feelings of abandonment or her… “attachment” to her emo *faggot* boyfriend. What I did was force her to.
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Bonnie> And she wouldn’t leave when she had the chance.
Girls: 
<Bonnie shrugs> I couldn’t.. not when you were in the state you were in.
Boys: 
<Pope takes her hand, looks back at them> I didn’t do it because I hated her or wanted to take her down a notch. I did it *because* I loved her. And because I knew she loved me. I had to force the issue. If I hadn’t.. she would’ve stayed with him and we wouldn’t be together right now. <shrugs> *Some* people that know us think she has Stockholm syndrome and I have the reverse of that. But they don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about or understand our dynamics. We already knew she was inclined the same way I am.
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Bonnie> Hell.. it was one of the things we talked about that night.
Girls: 
<Bonnie nods> On of the most important things he left out was that I was very shy and quiet before. He’s helped me out of that and into who I really was.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles> She really was. It was one of the things that drew me to her. But I think I sensed it in her. That… need.
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Van> After the fact, she cried. Not because of what I did to her, but because she cheated on *him*. And the first thing she decided was that she was leaving him and staying with me.
Girls: 
<Bonnie looks at Van, nods> I did. I needed Pope.
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Bonnie> We needed each other.
Boys: 
<Van shakes his head> That’s.. extreme. And very fucking dangerous.
Boys: 
<Pope nods> Tell me about it. The only thing standing between me and a prison sentence was that I was right about her. About us. <looks at Van> If I’d been wrong… I’d be sitting in prison right now. And no.. that’s not my usual preferred method of winning a woman over. Bonnie was special.
Girls: 
<Bonnie looks at Van> It was extreme.. but I know I wouldn’t have come to it on my own.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Bonnie> And what do *you* say to people that say you have Stockholm Syndrome?
Girls: 
<Bonnie smiles> It generally depends on my mood, or the situation we’re in. Sometimes I tell them to fuck off. Sometimes I refer them to <smiles and looks at Pope> Master.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles>
Girls: 
<Bonnie looks back at Van> Sometimes I tell them how they are wrong. And sometimes I just smile. <shrugs> There was this one time a guy asked me about it.. and I just looked at him and asked him how devoted to his wife was he? When he told me completely devoted I smiled prettily and asked him back to my room, which he jumped on the chance… I then explained to him that *I* never have to worry about Pope cheating on me and I wouldn’t cheat on him.. and *that’s* how devoted *we* are. When he pointed out that I was about to, <smiles> Pope walked out of the trailer.
Boys: 
<Van smiles> Nice.
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Van> She’s not afraid of me, either. She has *no* problem losing her shit on me. I mean, there are a *lot* of nuances to our relationship that people don’t know about. Before we were together… <looks at her> Remember that fight we had over those posters?

Girls: 
<Bonnie nods> Yeah.. that one was pretty epic.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles> And it’s still one of my favorite memories. <looks at the others> At the time, we’d gone to see Casablanca at this abandoned theater she took me to. While we were there, I found some seriously old movie posters. Collectible shit. She didn’t realize I had a fetish for it. Anyway.. when the movie ended, I kissed her and she completely lost her shit and walked out on me. So, I went to grab the posters with the intention of going after her, but she heard me calling her and came to the projection room and started trying to “talk” about it.. which was really more like arguing. And I told her to hold on and let me deal with the posters first. *That* did *not* go over well.
Boys: 
<Pope shakes his head> She was trying to smooth things over with me, I got caught up in the movie and being there with her.. hence.. the resulting kiss. Anyway.. she basically thought I was putting the posters before her or ignoring her or whatever… she didn’t realize that I *did* think she was more important and that I wasn’t refusing to have the argument.
Boys: 
<Pope looks at Bonnie, smiles> But, yeah.. I totally fucked that one up.
Girls: 
<Bonnie smiles> We worked it out when you finally caught up to me. In the rain.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles again> We eventually work out everything. <looks at the others> But it was little things like that that let me know how she actually felt about me even when everything she was saying contradicted it.
Boys: 
<Pope smiles at Bonnie again> I just had to get her away from that fucking boyfriend.
Girls: 
<Siobhan listens, Saige blurts> So how’d you do it?

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