April 27

I’ma Make it Rain on the Girl Who Serves Me – Let Her Cry

Boys: 
<Seth calls Lia from the car on his way back towards town>
Girls: 
<Lia answers> Hey.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> Hey. We’re back.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> That’s great. Did you have a good time?
Boys: 
<Seth nods> Um.. yeah. It was good. Saw Nat.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> How was she?
Boys: 
<Seth laughs> How do you think?


Girls: 
<Lia smiles again> A raging bitch. <blushes>
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> She’s still the biggest cunt at the table, baby.
Girls: 
<Lia walks over to the window> I figured. <looks out> How’s Siobhan?
Boys: 
<Seth shrugs> She’s good.
Girls: 
<Lia nods again> That’s good.
Boys: 
<Seth hesitates> I’ve got some free time right now… I was wondering if you wanted to talk.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> Sure. I’m at Van’s right now. You want to meet somewhere?
Boys: 
<Seth nods> Sure. Name it.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> The house?
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> I’m on my way.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> I’ll be a few minutes behind you. I have to call a taxi.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> All right. I’ll see you there, then.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> All right. Want me to bring Hera?
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> I was actually just gonna ask you about that.
Girls: 
<Lia laughs> I’ll bring her.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> All right.
Girls: 
<Lia quietly> I’ll call you back in a few. I have to call the cab and gather Hera.
Boys: 
<Seth takes a breath> I could just pick you up. You know.. unless that’s gonna cause problems.
Girls: 
<Lia shakes her head>Yes please. It shouldn’t be a problem. There’s no one here.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> All right.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> I’ll meet you out front. <writes a note for Van telling him where she is and with whom>
Boys: 
<Seth nods> I’ll be there in about five minutes.
Boys: 
<Seth hangs up and heads to Van’s, pulling up in front about five minutes later>
Girls: 
<Lia’s waiting outside with Hera, who bounds to the car and launches herself slobbering at the window, walks over and opens the door and smiles at Seth gets mauled by Hera’s tongue> She’s happy to see you.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles, pushing Hera’s head away as he turns his head> All right, all right. <rubs the fur at her neck> I missed you, too.
Boys: 
<Seth wipes his face with his other arm, to Hera> How many times to I have to tell you French kissing dogs is on my “no list”.
Girls: 
<Lia laughs and climbs in the car, pushing Hera into the middle> Oh.. that’s good.
Boys: 
<Seth looks over at Lia, smiles, putting his arm around Hera> What? It’s true.
Boys: 
<Seth shrugs> Besides, the little slut went and got herself knocked up by some other dude.
Girls: 
<Lia laughs> Yes with octuplets. <grins> Gramps.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles again> Right back atcha, granny.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> Oh god… I sound so *old*.
Boys: 
<Seth nods, pulls away from the curb and heads toward the house> Yeah. Kinda how I feel, too.
Girls: 
<Lia looks over at him> So tell me what you did, how’d it go, did you enjoy yourself? You look more relaxed. <spoken rather fast and kind of like one long sentence>
Boys: 
<Seth looks over at her> You okay?
Girls: 
<Lia nods> Yeah. I am. <smiles again> I think I’m nervous.
Boys: 
<Seth nods, looks back at the road> Everything was great. We went clubbing, ran into Nat, met up with some people I know from the industry so Siobhan could do some networking and I decided whatever happens, I’m not gonna move in with her. I’m gonna keep the house for a while.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> I can understand that.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> What about you? Other than the job, how was your week?
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> It was good. I spent some time at the house and Van and I did the usual.. the Rock most nights. I mostly spent it looking for a job.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> How are Loch and Saige?
Girls: 
<Lia laughs> Over the top. Have you seen Loch since Saige glammed him up?
Boys: 
<Seth nods> I saw him last week at the party.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> They are amazing together.
Boys: 
<Seth watches the road as he drives> Yeah, they do rock that power couple thing pretty hard.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> It’s been something to watch. Let me tell you. And the PDA’s.. just get bigger every time.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> They’re good together, though. <looks at her> Nat actually tried flirting with me this time. I swear to god she’s a psycho. Last time I saw her, we were at each other’s throats and this time, she’s acting like there’s something between us.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> They are… <looks over at him> You were with Siobhan? She was probably jealous or something.
Boys: 
<Seth nods, looks back at the road>
Girls: 
<Lia watches him> What did you do when she did that?
Boys: 
<Seth shrugs> Same shit I usually do. When I was done tearing her apart, Siobhan had some choice things to say to her.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> I bet she loved that.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> Especially since she couldn’t blame you for it.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> Yeah well she was good at the blame game.
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> I’m surprised she hasn’t been hit by a truck yet. She’s how you know there’s no god, because there’s no way God would let that kind of evil exist in the world.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> Very true.
Boys: 
<Seth pulls into the driveway of the house and turns off the car>
Girls: 
<Lia looks over at him, quietly> Have you decided anything?
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her> I thought I did. But Siobhan talked me out of it.
Girls: 
<Lia quietly> What did you decide that she talked you out of?
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> Going ahead with the divorce.
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him, blinks> You decided that? Why?
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her> Lia… I did a *lot* of thinking on the drive back from D.C. About us, about everything we’ve been through. <shakes his head> I missed you *so* much, and this marriage is *everything* to me, but…
Girls: 
<Lia quietly> We kill each other.
Boys: 
<Seth nods, quietly> And I just can’t do that to you anymore.
Boys: 
<Seth gets out of the car, takes a deep breath, shoves his hands into the pockets of his coat>
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him> I don’t want to do it to you either. <climbs out of the car, lets Hera out grabbing the leash>
Boys: 
<Seth nods, kicks the tire idly> I keep telling you you’re my first priority and I know you can’t believe me. <shakes his head> So… I realized the only way I could prove it was to let you go so you *can* be with someone who can make you happy.
Girls: 
<Lia walks around the car, looks at him> Seth.. you *can* make me happy. You did, have. <reaches hesitantly to lay her hand on his arm>
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her, pulls his arm away so he can take her hand> What makes you so sure?
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him, squeezes his hand> What makes me sure…because when I look back at the happy times, the *really* happy times, not the one’s where I put on a smile and pretended I was happy for everyone else… *you* were there. *You* were part of it.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> I’m also the one that took it away.
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> The only thing I’ve ever given you that I *haven’t* ruined for you is Hera.
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him> That isn’t true. You gave me the most incredible, beautiful, fairytale wedding a girl could want. <smiles> You can’t take that away from me. You showed me what it was like to be loved by someone that loves you. You unfailingly and unrelentingly gave me your love and stood firm on that. You gave me Hera.
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her, brushes her bangs from her eyes with his free hand, quietly> It wasn’t enough.
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him> It was.. I just didn’t see it. I was too lost in my anger and betrayal to see what was there. <softly> That’s on me, baby.
Boys: 
<Seth nods, squeezes her hand, quietly> Did *you* make any decisions?
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him> I actually chose to not talk to Van about this. I told him about our conversation and I’ve been trying to figure it out on my own. And I’m terrified and confused and <shakes her head> this is going to sound selfish and stupid.. but I don’t want to hurt anyone. I love you. I love being married to you. I wish I hadn’t wasted the last year.
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her> So, tell me this… where can you see yourself in ten years?
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him> If we stay together… I can see us <smiles> With three or four kids and a couple of dogs, <closes her eyes> A happy family.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> And if we don’t?
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him> With Van.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> We need to make a decision, Lia. I feel like I’m in limbo and it’s not fair to Van and Siobhan to drag them through it with us.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> I know we do. <quietly> What’s your gut telling you to do?
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> My gut gets twisted up every time I think of us getting divorced.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> Mine too. What does it do when you think about losing Siobhan?
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> Not the same thing. <looks at her> Tell me something… what does it say to you that it took a pending court date for us to be able to finally get past everything and be able to *talk* to each other again?
Girls: 
<Lia quietly> That when push came to shove we didn’t *really* want this to end. That we’re both too fucking <blushes> stubborn for our own good.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> So, you don’t think it was just the pressure of having to make it work being relieved?
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him> I hadn’t thought about it that way. <shrugs> I guess it could be.
Boys: 
<Seth nods>
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him> Is that what you think?
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her> I don’t know. But I’ve considered it, yeah.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> So how do we figure that one out?
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> I’m not sure. <looks at her> If we *weren’t* married. If we were everything *but*.. it we didn’t have that piece of paper and had never spoken those vows… would you still be standing here?
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him, without hesitation> Yes. I would.
Boys: 
<Seth arches a brow> You would’ve stayed with me after *everything* even if we weren’t married?
Girls: 
<Lia nods> I would because even without the vows..I still love you Seth…and we would be together. <shrugs> Without them.. it might have even made it easier for me to come back to begin with.
Boys: 
<Seth pulls out his phone, starts toward the house with her> Chinese for dinner?
Girls: 
<Lia nods> Yes please.
Boys: 
<Seth nods, dials and puts the phone to his ear> Same thing you always get?
Girls: 
<Lia goes with him with Hera, nods> Yes please.. and some chicken for Hera?
Boys: 
<Seth nods, hands her the house keys while he deals with the order>
Girls: 
<Lia opens the door and lets Hera go, pushes it open, and walks in>
Boys: 
<Seth follows her into the house, rattling off his credit card number after getting an extra order of the donuts, hangs up> I figure we’re going to be here a while and I don’t know about you, but I’m getting hungry.
Girls: 
<Lia nods, and smiles> Me too. <shrugs> I haven’t eaten much today.
Boys: 
<Seth nods, walks over to her, takes her face in his hands and kisses her>
Girls: 
<Lia’s eyes close, her hands come up and grasp his waist, kisses him back, without hesitation and wantonly>
Boys: 
<Seth hands move to her waist as he kisses her back just as hungrily>
Girls: 
<Lia steps closer to him>
Boys: 
<Seth’s arms slip around her>
Girls: 
<Lia’s arms go around him, holding him tightly>
Boys: 
<that goes on for a few minutes before Seth breaks the kiss and looks at her> I’ve been wanting to do that since you got in the car.
Girls: 
<Lia looks up at him> Me too.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> I was actually jealous of Hera for a brief second.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> I almost asked you what you were wearing when we were on the phone, too.
Girls: 
<Lia laughs> OH.. you’d’ve been disappointed by that answer.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles when she laughs> No I wouldn’t. The only reason I would’ve asked you was so I could tell you to take it off.

Girls: 
<Lia smiles, softly> I would have.
Boys: 
<Seth gives her a long look> Can you walk away from him, baby?
Girls: 
<Lia nods> For you. <looks at him> Can you walk away from her?
Boys: 
<Seth nods> For you, for our marriage? Yes. I’m not going to lie and say it would be easy, but I can.
Girls: 
<Lia looks up at him> Do you *want* to?
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her> Do I *want* to walk away from her? No. I don’t. But I want this divorce even less. I don’t *want* to give up on us, Lia. But I’m not worried about what I want right now. I’m worried about what’s best for you in the long run. And if you think that’s Van, you need to tell me. And you need to tell me the truth.
Girls: 
<Lia holds his look> Seth.. I’ve been going back and forth all week. I don’t want to give up on us or our marriage. And I’ve been thinking long and hard about your job and the movie. <searches his eyes as she speaks>
Boys: 
<Seth holds her look> But?
Girls: 
<Lia shakes her head> No buts..
Boys: 
<Seth nods> As far as my job and the movie, I’m prepared to walk away from those too.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> I appreciate that…<softly> I was going to say you don’t have to. <looks down> I understand it’s your job.
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> It doesn’t change how you feel about it. Or what it’s cost us so far.
Girls: 
<Lia looks at up at him again> Seth…it’s your job. It’s no different than me going to an office everyday… and now that I understand the difference for you.. I get it, baby.
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her> It’s different. And I don’t know if I can even do it anymore.
Girls: 
<Lia quietly> What do you mean?
Boys: 
<Seth takes a breath, rakes his hand through his hair> I mean… it’s cost me *everything*, Lia. All I’ve got left is you and I’ve been holding on to that by my fingernails for *months*.
Girls: 
<Lia quietly> I’m sorry Seth.
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> It’s not even important anymore.
Girls: 
<Lia shakes her head> It *is*.. <looks down and closes her eyes> What have I done to you?
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her> Don’t. Do.not. *You* didn’t do this.
Girls: 
<Lia shakes her head> How can you say that? I killed it for you.
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> Maybe I’m just rearranging my priorities.
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him, quietly> Are you?
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her> You’re *still* my first priority.
Girls: 
<Lia softly> I know. <lets out a puff of air> I’m asking about the one’s you’re rearranging?
Boys: 
<Seth arches a brow> What was *that*?
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him> I was letting out the breath I keep holding.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> Why do you keep holding it?
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him> Nerves.. I don’t realize I’m doing it and then when I do realize I’m not actually breathing.. it kind of sneaks up on me.
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> What’s wrong with your nerves?
Girls: 
<Lia quietly> They’re just kind of shot right now.
Boys: 
<Seth nods, starts to say something when the doorbell rings, smiles> Maybe food will help. <lets her go, goes to the door and opens it, deals with the delivery guy and carries the food into the kitchen>
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> There’s enough to feed an army. <looks at him> Would you like to eat by the fire place. There’s some wood out by the back door we could actually light it.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles, kisses her forehead> I’ll take care of it. You deal with the food.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles and deals with the food>
Boys: 
<Seth goes outside and gathers firewood, takes it inside and sets up a fire in the fireplace, lights it>
Boys: 
<Seth takes off his coat, hangs it by the front door and comes into the living room>
Girls: 
<Lia spreads the spreads the food on the hearth> God it smells good.
Boys: 
<Seth sits down in front of the fireplace, looks at her> And I remembered the donuts.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> Yes you did.. <looks over at him> Which are quite possibly my *favorite* part of the Chinese Dinner.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> Well that and eating out of the boxes with Chopsticks.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles, grabs a pair of chopsticks and hands them to her, grabs a pair for himself, picks up his takeout box> I’m fucking loving this. You realize that, right?
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> The fire side dinner and talking.. <quietly> Connecting? Me too.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> And the mad sex we’re going to have afterwards which will probably end up being the *best* sex we’ve ever had?
Girls: 
<Lia laughs> Yes. <takes the chopsticks and her food and digs in, smiles> Do you remember teaching me to use these things?
Boys: 
<Seth nods, takes a bite> And the mess we made.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> Oh.. that was pretty bad.
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her> So.. tell me the truth.. how close have you come to deciding in favor of the divorce?
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him> There’ve been a couple of times where I was incredibly sure that was what I wanted.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> I never thought I *wanted* it, but I did think it was in our best interests.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> Yeah.. I mean *because* of our history and they always say that it repeats itself. Because I seem to keep hurting you and I don’t want to do that.
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her> And I keep doing it to you and *I* don’t want to keep doing that.
Girls: 
<Lia picks up an egg roll and dips it into the duck sauce and bites the end off, making a groaning sound, nods in agreement with him, chews and swallows> It wasn’t so much that I wanted it but that I knew it was the best way to go.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> So.. maybe we shouldn’t talk about *us* and we should talk about *them*. <looks at her> It’s not just us anymore. Our issues are affecting other people too, now.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> I know.. and I feel terrible about that too. <softly> I never meant for anyone to get hurt or it to encompass anyone else.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> I know. I didn’t either. <looks at her> And I know Van well enough to know he wouldn’t have said or done anything to get between us if his feelings weren’t running pretty deep.
Girls: 
<Lia softly> He loves me Seth.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> That much is pretty fucking obvious, Lia.
Girls: 
<Lia nods and looks at him> I think it’s also pretty obvious how Siobhan feels about you too.
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her> He’s never been really good at hiding his feelings. <nods> It is. More than you know.
Girls: 
<Lia sits the egg roll down> Let me ask you something.. Do you think you’d be happier.. marriage aside.. with Siobhan.
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> I don’t know, Lia. I can’t see that far ahead. I just… it’s just so much easier with her. She *makes* it easy. <looks at her> She *wants* us to get divorced so we can be together but she knows how much you mean to me and how important our marriage is to me and how I feel about divorce, so instead of doing what Nat or Simone would do and telling me all the reasons why I should go through with it.. *she’s* telling me all the reasons I shouldn’t.
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> She wants me to be happy even if it means she has to be miserable.
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him> But *would* you be happier?
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her> I told you. I don’t know. What about you? Do you think *you’d* be happier with Van?
Boys: 
<Seth shrugs> I mean.. obviously your feelings for him are stronger than your morality. <takes a bite of his food>
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her> And that was *not* meant to be snide.
Girls: 
<Lia shakes her head> I don’t know either. <looks at him> Seth you asked me and now I’m going to ask you…<quietly> I know. And it wasn’t like that. If we weren’t married but we were everything but… would you be here right now?
Boys: 
<Seth nods> Yes. Because I love you that much. <shakes his head> I knew from the first time we talked I was going to marry you, Lia.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles, softly> Then I think we should make this work.
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her, smiles> Siobhan said we should give it more than *one* day. She thinks we should move in here and live here as man and wife. That that’s the only way to truly see if this thing *can* work.
Girls: 
<lia looks at him> What do *you* think?
Boys: 
<Seth puts down his food, looks at her> I think I’m just as scared as you are.
Girls: 
<Lia blinks, crawls over to him and kneels in front of him, takes his face in her hands, looks into his eyes> I know it’s not going to be easy… and I know there will be arguments.. but I also *know* we can do this.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> And we’re just stubborn enough to pull it off and *not* become another statistic?
Girls: 
<Lia nods> Yes. <softly> Absolutely. <leans in and brushes her lips over his>
Boys: 
<Seth closes his eyes, kisses her back gently, leans forward and presses his forehead to hers > There were times, I actually thought we should start trying for a baby. That maybe having one would give us a reason.. incentive.. or even just something to bring us back together. But Van told me all the reasons that was the *worst* idea I’ve ever had, so I let that one go.

Girls: 
<Lia softly> There we’re times I almost stopped taking the pill to surprise you with that announcement. <closes her eyes> Hoping…
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> So.. here’s our incentive.. <looks at her> We make this work and when we know we’re there, we start our family.
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him, smiles> No.. Our incentive is *us*. We need this to work for us… and then once we’re there.. we have babies.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> And twenty years from now we write a book about how we did it because if *we* can, anyone can?

Girls: 
<Lia smiles> Yes we will. <looks at him> Baby, I don’t want you to quit your job. I know you have the company you started with Siobhan and Van. And I think in the long run.. if it’s not too difficult for you to be there.. Especially since I suggested to Van that he incorporate..it will be much better for you. And you can tell me I’m wrong.. I’m just telling you what I think.
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> Let’s figure that one out later, baby. Right now, I’m just enjoying the fact that I can breathe again. And thinking about how hard these fucking floors are. <looks at her> When do you start your job? We need to get some damn furniture in here.
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him> They are hard. I start next Monday. <smiles> We do.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> So, let’s go first thing in the morning.
Girls: 
<Lia nods and smiles takes a deep breath> I feel like I haven’t been able to do that in over a year. Yes. In the morning. <looks at him>
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head, pulls her into his arms and hugs her tightly, quietly> I really thought I was going to be saying goodbye to Hera tonight.
Girls: 
<Lia buries her face in his neck> I wouldn’t keep her from you, Seth. She’s your dog too. <softly> I thought I was going to lose you.
Boys: 
<Seth nods, quietly> I thought I was going to lose you, too. I would be so lost without you, Lia. All our plans, everything, just gone like that.
Girls: 
<Lia softly> I never meant for it to go this far, Seth.
Girls: 
<Lia whispers> I’m so sorry.
Boys: 
<Seth nods, holds her tighter, quietly> I know, baby. I know. I am too. <whispers> But don’t you ever doubt what you and our marriage mean to me again.

Girls: 
<Lia softly> I won’t.. ever. I promise. <pulls back and looks him in the eyes>
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her, quietly> You’re my *family*, Lia. I need you. You’re my fucking reason for everything. *Everything*.
Girls: 
<Lia quietly> I’m not going anywhere. You’re all I need. <looks at him> I’ll even make nice with Simone.
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> Forget Simone. I love her, but I made my choice when I married you. <looks at her> Just like I’m making it again. Now. I have to call Siobhan later because I promised her I would and I’ll tell her we’re going to make this work.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> I have to call Van too. <looks at him> Thank you, Seth.
Boys: 
< Seth looks at her curiously> For what?

Girls: 
<Lia looks at Seth> For fighting for us.
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> I *thought* I was a good husband and I know now I haven’t been.. but what kind of man would I be if I didn’t fight for my family?
Girls: 
<Lia softly> I love you, baby.
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her> I love you, too, baby.
Girls: 
<Lia quietly> You wouldn’t be who you are.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> As long as you can live with who I am.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> Oh..I know I can.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> I’m going to make a run to D.C. this weekend. Get the stuff out of storage that we didn’t sell which was mostly kitchen shit, bedding, towels, the box spring and mattress, that kind of thing.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> Can I go with you?
Boys: 
<Seth nods> I was expecting you to, actually.
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him> You were?
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her> Why wouldn’t I?
Girls: 
<Lia shrugs> I don’t know.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> There are some boxes with all our little personal shit, too. Photo albums, that kind of thing. You go with me and instead of a trailer, I can rent a truck, get everything in one haul and you can drive the car back. We can go tomorrow after we look at furniture.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> All right. <looks at him> We don’t have to see Nat do we?
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> No fucking way.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> Cool.. <smiles> I’ll ask Ethan and Sang if they want to dogsit for the day.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> So..that just leaves.. tonight.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> Yes it does. Tonight.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> So.. we can either sleep here on the hard ass floor or we can stay at the ranch. Or.. you can go back to Van’s since you have to get.. oh, wait.. you didn’t take 99% of your shit. It’s still at the ranch.
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him> I went back for more, Seth. So yes.. some of my stuff is at Van’s. <quietly> I think we should talk to them tonight.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> Which we already talked about. I promised her I’d call. I’m not going to go see her. I know it sounds shitty, but.. it’ll be easier for both of us, I think, if we just talk over the phone.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> It is.. but I think I should talk to Van face to face.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> Probably.
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him, quietly> It’s gonna suck.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> I know. It’s gonna suck for me, too.
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her> Karma.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> At least, in my case, it was more or less her idea.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> It was… <looks at him> So let’s do this.. I’ll go back to Van’s.. talk to him and get my stuff.. and meet you at the ranch later?
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> Take the car. Come back and pick me up on your way and we’ll go to the ranch. Leave Hera with me if you want. We’ll clean up the dinner mess.
Girls: 
<Lia looks at him> What’s wrong?
Boys: 
<Seth looks at her> Nothing. I just don’t see the point of wasting the money on cab fare when we’re going to the same place and the house is more or less on the way.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> All right. <quietly> I’d ask you to come with me..
Boys: 
<Seth nods> I know. Things are tense enough. <looks at her, half smiles> But if you have the car, you can’t change your mind. You at least have to bring the car back.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> Seth.. I *am* coming back and I’m *not* changing my mind.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles, kisses her> Then get on with it. The sooner we do this, the better for everyone.
Girls: 
<Lia nods> All right. <leans in and kisses him>
Boys: 
<Seth kisses her back, moving a hand to the back of her head, breaks the kiss after a couple of seconds, looks at her> Don’t forget we have plans for the rest of the night.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles quietly> As if I could. <lays her hand on his upper thigh> I missed that too.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> Well, *that* is all I’m going to be thinking about while I’m waiting for you.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> Then I’ll hurry back. <kisses him again for a few seconds before standing>
Boys: 
<Seth stands when she does, fishes the car keys out of the pocket and hands them to her> Be careful.
Girls: 
<Lia takes it keys, nods> I will, baby. <turns and heads for the door> Save my dinner, I’ll eat it when I get back, please?
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> I will.
Girls: 
<Lia heads to the apartment>
Boys: 
<Seth watches her leave, cleans the dinner mess before Hera decides to, calling Siobhan while he does>

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