April 27

Love Can Endure – Future Plans, Road Trip

Girls: 
<Bree looks at him> Because I know you better than anyone… and because I know you’ve always said you wouldn’t shoot someone you have to aim down at. Because I know that like Genja you do have certain morals that you adhere to and I know that for you to shoot a little girl..something worse than death was waitin’ for her.
Boys: 
<Samuel touches her face, rubs his thumb over her cheek, quietly> What if that’s not so true anymore?
Girls: 
<Bree quietly> Because I also know that for all the people you *have* shot.. as far as I know a *woman* hasn’t been one yet. <looks at him> Then we’ll deal with it. I know you’ve been through some shit baby. Bad and ugly…and if the morals you had were twisted because of that, then you’ll find a new code.
Girls: 
<Bree lays a hand on his chest> Baby, whatever it is and whatever you did…I don’t care.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods, leans in and kisses her forehead> All right, then.
Girls: 
<Bree closes her eyes when he kisses her and then opens them and looks into his> I love *you*. Unflinchingly and unfailingly. Nothing can change that.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods, takes her hand, looks across the lake> You think you could be happy here, Bree?
Girls: 
<Bree looks at him> Baby, I can be happy wherever you are. Yes, I can be happy here. <smiles> Are *you* gonna be happy here?
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at her> I figure this place is as good as any. I’m also thinkin’ we’ll have a little more privacy over here than at Taryn’s and David’s.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> Who knows.. maybe once the club is up and running and Silver and Conrad move here, I can open my own place? <nods> Hell yeah.. David and Taryn’s place has way too many people comin’ and goin’.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Namely David and Taryn?
Girls: 
<Bree laughs> I like David and Taryn. But yeah.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> I like ’em, too, but damn.. neither one of ’em can knock worth a fuck. And Saige ain’t much better.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at her> Can’t go outside without one of ’em walkin’ by and wavin’ or some shit.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> Hell, I don’t think I’ve seen anyone knock. and seriously.. I was changin and thought since my room faced the woods it was okay that the blinds were open.. yeah. not so much. Seth got an eye full.
Boys: 
<Samuel laughs> I bet he appreciated that. <smiles> You know he’s a porn actor, right?
Girls: 
<Bree nods> Yeah.. I’d heard that. And I keep waitin for him to ask me to do a movie.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> He’s not too bad. Comes from D.C. and grew up homeless so he’s not without a clue. <looks at her> What kinda place would you open?
Girls: 
<Bree smiles, shrugs> There seems to be a lot of ink here.. Tattoo slash Art gallery?


Boys: 
<Samuel smiles, nods> Lot of rich people that probably like art, too.
Girls: 
<Bree nods and smiles> So I was thinkin’ maybe something like that. Morose taught me how to do Tattoos and I was workin’ with him for a while there so I can do it.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at her> The barn’s gonna have a deck like Taryn’s. And all that glass in the back so you can look out over the property. Plenty of light. Scenery.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> So we can sit on the couch and watch the sun come up over the mountains? I know that sounds cheesy as fuck.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> We can do that. Cheesy or not, could be just the thing we need.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> I think you might be right. <looks at him> And we’ll still get to see Ava and Aiden because we’ll still get our stuff from him. Right?
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> You think I’d give up Aiden and Ava? Or Aiden’s weed?
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Hell, I’d try and get him to move down here but he’d lose his damn mind with all the horses and ramblin’ countryside.
Girls: 
<Bree grins> No. I didn’t think you’d give them up. Or Rad and Sil or Heather or any of them. <Bree looks at him> Yeah. but he’d have to bring Ciara too. And he could live in town.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Baby.. “town” is like.. half the size of the South Side and there’s *one* bar.
Girls: 
<Bree laughs> True. But DC’s not too far <shrugs> Maybe you’re right.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> He’s got too much invested up there with Genja and his cousins, his business, Nay. <looks at her> I already had this talk with him before Ava and the rest of you showed up.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> I know and it’s not really that far so we won’t miss them *too* much.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> It’s funny though.. he’s more popular here than he is at home.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> Yeah.. Sangria sure likes him.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> And Taryn. They got pretty tight pretty quick which surprised the shit outta *me*.
Girls: 
<Bree laughs> Yeah.. I was kinda surprised by that too. *But* she does remind me of Ciara and you know there’s nothin’ he wouldn’t do for that girl.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> She reminded us of Ava, too, at first.
Boys: 
<Samuel laughs> Hell, if Taryn had been free, Aiden woulda been on that like white on rice and none of the other girls woulda had a chance.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> I can see it.. physically it’s incredibly obvious. And then you talk to her and it *really* hits you. It’s kinda funny when you think about it.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Hell, if she wasn’t my brother’s wife.. fiance at the time.. *I* woulda hit the hell outta that. And don’t you *dare* tell anyone I said that.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> Never. but you always had a soft spot for Ava too once you came around to the fact that you weren’t gettin’ rid of her.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> You mean once she grew a spine and started fightin’ back.
Girls: 
<Bree laughs> Well that too.. but come on.. you put a gun to her head and she barely flinched. And that was before you beat the hell outta her wasn’t it?
Boys: 
<Samuel shakes his head> I’m pretty sure it was after. Still, though… <looks at her> First “conversation” me and Taryn had was her askin’ me if I always always that cold hearted or were they just gettin’ special treatment.
Girls: 
<Bree blinks> Damn. What’d you do to set her off?
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Told her David was gonna need her. But she didn’t like me from the get go. Took her a while to come around and she had to make an extra effort. Only reason she bothered at all was for David.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> But she did bother and <looks at him> I think you see her as more of a little sister now don’t you?
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Not really. I’d still do her in a New York minute if she wasn’t with David and I didn’t have you.
Girls: 
<Bree laughs> Okay.. so maybe not little sister. Maybe more like close friend. The thing is I’m thinkin’ you feel protective of her and you like her.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Yeah, I guess that’s true.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> It’s not a bad thing. Maybe it means you’re making a new group of friends. Of course then there’s Saige.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at her> You say that like she’s a different thing all together.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> Oh no.. I’m saying it like it’s the same thing. If you didn’t have at least a small amount of like towards her you’d’ve stabbed her with that file this morning.
Boys: 
<Samuel shakes his head> Don’t think I didn’t seriously consider it.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> Yeah.. but like I said if it had been me or Heather.. you wouldn’t have considered it…you’d’ve done it and gone “Learn something?”
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at her> I know. And yeah, I know I’m softer with her than I should be.
Boys: 
<Samuel shakes his head> Trust me.. it’s a pretty recent development.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> It’s not a bad thing, baby. <shrugs> Just means you’re not as quick to act.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> And this is a good thing? <smiles> You don’t have to worry about findin’ me on someone’s doorstep with a gun to their head in front of all the neighbor’s because now I’ll actually drag ’em inside the house first?
Girls: 
<Bree laughs> Yes. <looks at him still smiling> No.. it means you’re weighing your options and not going for the gun first.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Maybe Aiden’s finally rubbin’ off on me.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Or Rad.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> Or Genja. or both. <grins> Babe, I *love* watchin’ you with a bat.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> I love watchin’ you with a microphone.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> You do? Why?
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at her> Because you’re beautiful. And you’ve got a beautiful voice. There’s not a man in the audience that isn’t wishin’ he was where I am right now when you’re up there. And it don’t matter if you’re singin’ or dancin’.
Girls: 
<Bree looks at him, lowers her eyes> I’m only thinkin’ about you when I’m up there.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> And the ice inside my soul?
Girls: 
<Bree shrugs> I was feeling a little hostile toward you when I sang that.
Boys: 
<Samuel laughs> A little?
Girls: 
<Bree nods> Yeah. I wanted you to see me and you only had eyes for Heather or Saige.
Boys: 
<Samuel shakes his head> There you go again. <looks at her> I saw you as soon as you walked into the club that first night. And every night since. Silver said somethin’ about takin’ you back to the Falls and I told her to leave it alone.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> So you did want me to stay. <looks at him> I was also pissed at Heather.
Boys: 
<Samuel smirks> Well, I wasn’t real happy about Tristan.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> Good. <looks at him> For the record.. we never did anything.
Boys: 
< Samuel looks at her> I’d say the same shit about Heather but then I’d be lyin’.
Boys: 
<Samuel shakes his head> Why were you pissed at Heather?
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> Because while I was trying to figure out how best to get to you she got to you.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> She always was pretty quick like that.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> Well yeah.
Boys: 
<Samuel sits on the ground, pulling her to sit between his legs, wraps his arms around her> Only reason I went for her and not you was because there was no history there.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Well.. that and she’s probably the only one there I didn’t have history with and I figured it was now or never.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> It’s cool. I realized that it was my fault because I didn’t say anything to her about you. <looks at him> You know when I showed up on your balcony I was just going to throw myself at you.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at her, arches a brow> What stopped you?
Girls: 
<Bree shrugs> You did.
Boys: 
<Samuel arches a brow> By threatenin’ to push you off the rail?
Girls: 
<Bree nods> You didn’t seem to be in the mood to even listen to me.
Boys: 
<Samuel shakes his head> I wasn’t in the mood to listen to you tell me all the ways you *were* in love with me.
Girls: 
<Bree nods, looks up and back at him> Baby, I wasn’t gonna go there.. I was gonna just show you and then let you beat me up. <smiles>
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at her> Or how you wanted to be friends. <smiles> Yeah, well, maybe I shoulda done that. <shakes his head> I haven’t really been in the mood to go slappin’ women around lately, though.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> I can understand that.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Other than David and Taryn and Saige, do the people around here even know about us? That we were together before?
Girls: 
<Bree nods> I think some of them do.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods, rests his head against hers> Yanno… there were a few times I tried callin’ you from the bar in Matoaka.
Girls: 
<Bree leans back against him laying her arms over his> I didn’t get any messages. <looks at him> Or any calls from numbers I didn’t recognize.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> I know. Because I always hung up before it rang.
Girls: 
<Bree softly> It’s probably a good thing. I’d’ve ended up showing up there with guns blazing.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> And I was usually drunk off my ass when I thought callin’ you and invitin’ you over to meet the folks was a good idea. Then I’d dial the number and realize how fuckin’ drunk I was and how much of a *bad* idea it was.
Girls: 
<Bree looks at him> I got really trashed on my birthday and called you.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at her> Either I didn’t answer or *I* was so fucked up, I don’t even remember talkin’ to you.
Girls: 
<Bree shakes her head> No.. I hung up before it rang too. <shrugs> I realized that I was drunk dialing and hung up then I proceeded to finish getting obliterated.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Drunk dialin’s a bitch.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at her> Gets the best of us.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> Yeah.. I dropped my phone in the toilet so I wouldn’t do it again once I was beyond stopping myself. Had to go the next day and get a new one. That sapped my tips for the month.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> I trashed my phone the day after I left Matoaka.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Guess that means we both have different numbers now.
Girls: 
<Bree shakes her head> No.. I kept my number.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods, reaches into his pocket and pulls out his phone, hands it to her> Put it in there.
Girls: 
<Bree takes his phone and plugs in her number, smiles and hands his phone back to him> There you go.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles, pulls up the number and calls her phone, letting it ring til it shows up on the caller ID, hangs up and puts his phone away> Now, we’re straight.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> Yes we are. <smiles> I kept my number for one reason only.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Yeah? That reason have somethin’ to do with me?
Girls: 
<Bree nods> It totally did. I wanted you to be able to get a hold of me.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> I got a hold of you now.
Girls: 
<Bree nods and smiles, looks back up into his eyes> And I’m not lettin’ you let go again.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> I’m not plannin’ on it.
Girls: 
<Bree softly> Good.
Boys: 
<Samuel kisses her shoulder before resting his chin there, quietly, looking out over the lake> I got half a mind to drop by the general store and pick us up some camping equipment.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles, still quietly> Yanno.. if we had Genja’s camper….
Girls: 
<Bree laughs> Oh my god.. that camper.. <smiles> We don’t need no steenkin’ camper.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at her> If we had one though.. we could park it right here and stay in it while the barn’s bein’ built.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> Yes we could. <quietly> Jamie had one in her back yard.
Boys: 
<Samuel arches a brow> Yeah, she does, don’t she?
Boys: 
<Samuel pulls out his phone, calls Jamie, putting it on speaker>
Girls: 
<Jamie answers> Hello?
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Hey, Jamie. It’s Samuel. Got a minute?
Girls: 
<Jamie nods and smiles> For you always. What’s up sugar?
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles again, shakes his head> I gotta favor to ask you. You usin’ that camper you got any time soon?
Boys: 
<Samuel grins> The one Tommy hides his porn in.
Girls: 
<Jamie smiles> Nope haven’t acutally used it in years. Tommy hides his porn, cigarettes and beer out there.. I go out once a week and clean it out. You goin’ campin?
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Somethin’ like that. Me and Bree were thinkin’ we could borrow it and stay on our own land in it while they’re buildin’ the barn. Too much traffic at Taryn and David’s. People always comin’ and stayin’ a while, yanno? Gets kinda crowded.
Girls: 
<Jamie smiles> Yeah.. I do. And yes you can borrow it. Tommy’s last day of school this week is Wednesday because of Exams. We could bring it to you after he gets out.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at Bree questioningly>
Girls: 
<Bree nods> Yes please.. or we can come get it and save you the trip.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles, nods> We got nothin’ else goin’ on today that I know of.
Boys: 
<Samuel shrugs> And if you want, we can stay a while and I can tell you about our trip to see Sarah.
Girls: 
<Jamie smiles> All right. You went to see her? How was she? I gotta warn you though. Tommy’s gonna want to go back with you.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Tommy can come all he wants once he gets outta school. She was… well.. she’s easier to get on with when she’s drunk. Throwin’ shit at Bree, callin’ her a whore. Not exactly on her best behavior.

Girls: 
<Jamie nods> Yeah.. she seems to be having a rough time detoxing. <shakes her head> She wasn’t always this way though.. I mean she’s always been hell on wheels. Just never this bad. How’d Bree do?
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Nothin’ Bree can’t handle, darlin’.
Girls: 
<Bree looks up at Samuel> I just told her like it was. Either she straightened her shit out or she was gonna end up alone.
Girls: 
<Jamie smiles> Sounds like you did okay with her.
Girls: 
<Bree shrugs> Yeah.. it’s gonna take more than that to rattle my cage.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Bree’s had some experience dealin’ with women like that. Anyway.. we’re gonna head up. Call David from the road and let him know we’re gonna be gone a while.
Girls: 
<Jamie nods> See you in a few hours then. Drive carefully.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> I will. <hangs up, smiles at Bree> You need to get cleaned up again?
Girls: 
<Bree shakes her head> No we’re good.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Then let’s get to gettin’.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> All right. <pushes to her feet> I liked just hangin’ just now.
Boys: 
<Samuel get up, takes her hand and heads back to the truck> We’re gonna be doin’ a lot of that.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at her, smiles> In case you haven’t noticed, I’m comin’ up with excuses for keepin’ you all to myself as long as I can.
Girls: 
<Bree goes with him> Good. <smiles> I think I’m gonna like that. <looks over at him> I have and I’m okay with that too. Especially now that I have more time.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> One thing there’s a lot of around here is time once the mornin’s over.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> Yeah.. I’ve gathered that. But Taryn and David always seem to be doin’ somethin’.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> The ranch is a lotta work. Then he’s got the band and she’s got her trainin’ at the dojo. And every night is the Rock Bottom.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> And I gather she’s been cookin’ a lot more since I got here and you girls showed up.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> Then while Ava was here she was dancing with us and <nods> That too. She was also trying to keep her dancing a secret from everyone.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Speakin’ of which.. I’m thinkin’ I *am* gonna make one addition to our bedroom.
Girls: 
<Bree looks at him, smiles> Yeah.. what’s that?
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at her, smiles> A stripper pole. What else?
Girls: 
<Bree laughs> That’s great. <smiles> I mean if you wanted to add the rings to see the other’s reactions.. <grins and blinks> You know I still have the collar and cuffs you gave me.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> I kinda miss that collar.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> Then as soon as I get my stuff we’ll find it.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> So, here’s the deal with Jamie. When David’s old man died, Sarah dropped Tommy and David off on Jamie’s doorstep. Tommy was only about.. I don’t know.. three or four. Jamie had practically raised them as it was even when Sarah *was* around. She had me for a while when I was three, but my old man took me away from her. We got along all right til I hit my teens and shit changed. So, we’re kinda on shaky ground.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> All right. Is it her’s or yours?

Boys: 
<Samuel looks at her> What do you mean?
Girls: 
<Bree looks at him> I mean are you on shaky ground because of her or you?
Boys: 
<Samuel shrugs> Bit of both, I guess.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> All right. <shrugs> We’ll fix that too. <smiles> She can’t distrust you too much if she’s gonna let your Brother come stay here.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> She doesn’t know I gave him the porn.
Girls: 
<Bree laughs> That’s what Big brothers are for though.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> That’s what I figured. And if *I’m* givin’ it to him, I know what he’s lookin’ at. And who.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> Exactly. And his little libido isn’t getting twisted around.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods again> Exactly. <stops at the truck and opens the door for her> I wanted to offer to go up and get the camper myself, but I didn’t want it to look like I was bein’ pushy. I figured askin’ in the first place was bein’ pushy enough.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> That’s why I phrased it the way I did, <shrugs> Makes it seem like you’re thinkin’ of them and doin’ something for them too.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Somethin’ else I’m not real good at.
Girls: 
<Bree shakes her head> Which is why you have me.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> One of many reasons, anyway.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles> You’re good at things I’m *not*.
Boys: 
<Samuel laughs> Yeah. All the things that’ll land someone in jail.
Girls: 
<Bree looks at him> Not just that. But yeah most of it.. I mean while I’ll totally go in guns blazing with you.. I’m more likely to be plannin’ where I’m gonna shoot. You know.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> That’s why they don’t call me unless they figure the time for thinkin’ and talkin is over.
Girls: 
<Bree looks at him> How close were you to shootin’ Genja?
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at her, smiles> When they call me in, I’m more for terrorizin’ people than I am for shootin’ ’em actually. Did you know that? <shrugs> I don’t know. It pretty much all depended on him.
Girls: 
<Bree shakes her head> I didn’t know that. <nods> I was just wonderin’.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Aiden’s more into a good beatdown than shooin’ someone. Rad too. But Rad’s not vicious. You can always tell he’s a good guy you just pushed too far or who’s in a shit situation. Aiden’s more… he’s got less patience. Not real calm. Kinda gets emotionally charged about shit.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> Yeah.. I remember that time he and I went ’round.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> What that means for the guy on the wrong end of his bad mood is they have a chance at talkin’ him down or smoothin’ shit out with Rad.
Girls: 
<Bree smiles and listens.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles> Then you got me. And I’m not inclined to be emotionally charged *or* listen to whatever bullshit story you’re tellin’ me to try and cover your own ass.
Girls: 
<Bree nods, softly> I know.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> And you know what it’s like lookin’ at the business end of a .38 when they guy holdin’ it just don’t give a shit. <looks at her> Genja’s that way. But where I’ll use the gun to get your attention, he’ll use the bullet *in* it to do the same.
Girls: 
<Bree nods> Like he did with Sophia?
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Exactly.
Boys: 
<Samuel walks around the other side of the truck and gets in>

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