April 27

The Truth You Might Be Runnin’ From – Saige Gets More Than She Bargained For, Samuel Gets Proactive

Boys: 
<Loch watches the couples dance, looks at Sang> Huh.
Girls: 
<Sangria arches her brow> I know.
Boys: 
<Loch smiles, quietly to no one else can hear him> What do you see?
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles, softly> I see Van dancing with an incredibly hot chick, and Saige dancing with Samuel. And they look better than they do together and happier.
Boys: 
<Loch looks back at the dance floor, quietly> What do we think about that?
Girls: 
<Sangria softly> I’m not sure. I don’t know. <quietly> I know if that were *you* I’d be losing my shit.
Boys: 
<Loch nods, looks back at her, quietly> I’m thinkin’ Saige is on her way to bein’ the drive by relationship queen.
Girls: 
<Sangria softly> Yeah. <shakes her head> I don’t get it, either. I’d almost rather her go back to the random fucking…you know.
Boys: 
<Loch nods, quietly> Less potential for people to get hurt?
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> Exactly. <sighs> On the other hand…maybe we’re reading it wrong.
Boys: 
<Loch nods> Maybe. <looks at her> Maybe she’s just thinkin’ she should’ve hit up Samuel when she had the chance and is regrettin’ the missed opportunity.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> Or maybe she’s tryin’ to make nice…Which doesn’t really explain Van.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at her> And since when does Saige make nice?
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> I know.. <sighs> Fuck.


Boys: 
<Loch smiles> Saige and Big Bad. Could they be any more different? She’s so… sheltered.. compared to him.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> She is. Which is probably why she’s drawn to him.
Boys: 
<Loch nods, looks back over> It’s like the prep school girl and the construction worker.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> It is…but she’s also doin’ her damndest to impress him with that horse.
Boys: 
<Loch nods> Maybe that’s about provin’ she *is* better than him. <looks at her>Or..maybe we don’t know her as well as we think.
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at him> What do you mean?
Boys: 
<Loch smiles> All right.. Van and Tristan none of us were surprised by, right? But David and Samuel? We wouldn’t have pegged her for either one of ’em. So.. *is* she slummin’ or is she more like Taryn than she wants people to see? Maybe she secretly digs Steely Dan.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at her> Maybe she’s just.. I don’t know.. pretendin’ to be a princess.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> Or maybe she’s part princess part biker and can’t find a way to merge the two comfortably?
Boys: 
<Loch nods> There’s that, too.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at her> Or.. she’s got some kinda issue with the ranch and horses because it’s what killed her parents.
Girls: 
<Sangria blinks> Oh.. I never even thought of that.
Boys: 
<Loch smiles>
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> And that makes incredible sense. She got *David* working there and couldn’t get away fast enough…then Samuel shows up and is all about *her* horse which we know how possessive she is and how is that gonna work with the city boy Van is and Samuel all but forces her to take the reins back on the horse.
Boys: 
<Loch nods> So.. let’s see what Taryn thinks about that. <looks over at Taryn> Hey, Taryn. You think Saige has some kinda issue with the horses and ranch because she sees it as what took your parents from you?
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Sang> And she hardly stays at her house on the ranch, too.
Girls: 
<Taryn looks at Loch, blinks> I.. uh.. I don’t know.. I never thought about that.
Boys: 
<Loch nods to Taryn> And you think she’d give up Achilles if Van told her she should?
Boys: 
<Loch looks at her> And maybe that’s why she doesn’t let you get too close. Because you went to that show with ’em and they’re the ones that got hurt and it’s just a reminder that you were the good kid.
Girls: 
<Taryn shakes her head> I don’t know. <sighs> Shit Loch.
Boys: 
<David arches a brow, looks at Taryn> Damn.
Boys: 
<David looks at Loch, smiles> You should drink Jaeger more often.
Boys: 
<Loch shrugs> Just some shit that occurred to me.
Girls: 
<Taryn quietly> The thing is I spent Years feeling guilty because of what happened to our parents. Survivor’s guilt.
Boys: 
<Loch nods> So.. try tellin’ Saige you’re sorry you’re alive. <looks at her> Or tell her you’re *not* gonna apologize because it’s not your fault and you’re done feelin’ guilty.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at her> And then tellin’ her she can stop blamin’ you because *she* feels guilty.
Boys: 
<Loch lights a cigarette> Hell.. better yet, tell her, yeah, you fucked up but you fuckin’ up had *nothin’* to do with what happened to them.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at her> “You” bein’ Saige. Not *you*.
Girls: 
<Taryn looks at Loch shakes her head> I can’t believe it never occurred to me *that’s* why she is the way she is. <looks at David>
Boys: 
<David looks at Taryn> I can’t believe it occurred to *Loch*.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles at David> Half into a bottle of Jaegar sitting in a bar, no less.
Girls: 
<Taryn looks at Ethan, grins> thank god it’s not Absinthe. He’d have the world’s problems solved.
Boys: 
<Ethan laughs> No shit.
Boys: 
<Loch shakes his head> I’m not an idiot. I just don’t usually bother thinkin’ about trivial bullshit.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Taryn> But now that it *has* occurred to you.. *you* get to figure out what to do with it.
Girls: 
<Taryn nods, quietly> And I have to do something fast with it.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Taryn> What’s the rush?
Girls: 
<Taryn looks at Loch> You don’t think it’s important enough to deal with it in a timely manner?
Boys: 
<Loch smiles> I didn’t say that. As a matter of fact, I’m done thinkin’ about it at all. It’s all you, now.

Girls: 
<Taryn looks at David> I hate him.
Boys: 
<David looks at Taryn, smiles> Why?
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Sang> She hates me. That’s nice, huh?
Girls: 
<Taryn shakes her head, smiles> Because he gets all.. philosophical and then when I ask him a question about it..he’s done.
Boys: 
<David laughs>
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles at Loch> She doesn’t hate you.
Boys: 
<Loch smiles, looks at Taryn> What? I’m supposed to do *all* your thinkin’ for you?
Girls: 
<Taryn nods> Yes.. when I’ve been drinkin’ Jaeger.. yes..<smiles> Dammit.. because apparently *your* brain actually works on the shit.
Boys: 
<Loch laughs> That’s what I get for havin’ an alcoholic dad.
Girls: 
<Taryn smiles> So it’s genetic.
Boys: 
<Loch smiles> Oh, the old man did *all* his best thinkin’ when he was drunk. Problem was, by the time he sobered up, he couldn’t remember what he’d been thinkin’ about.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> Is that what’s gonna happen you’re gonna forget this tomorrow?
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Sang> If I’m lucky.
Girls: 
<Sangria laughs>
Girls: 
<Taryn looks at David, softly> What do you think?
Boys: 
<David looks at Taryn> I think it makes a hell of a lot of sense. It’s like me and Samuel all over again. I blamed him for Sarah runnin’ off and all that shit.
Girls: 
<Taryn nods> So confront her now or wait?
Boys: 
<David smiles> Well.. if you confront her now, all your friends are here. And her’s too. But she might feel like she’s bein’ ganged up on. Wait and confront her alone and it’ll be easier for her to brush you off.
Girls: 
<Taryn nods, then smiles> That’s what I thought… So I’ll do it when they get back.
Boys: 
<David nods> All right.
Girls: 
<Aubrey comes over and drops in Brennan’s lap> So I’m on break, what did I miss and who’s the new guy.
Boys: 
<Brennan wraps his arms around her> Well.. Loch just told Taryn what Saige’s deep seated psychological issues *really* are and the new guy is a friend of Aiden’s and them who cuts the faces off cheating girlfriends.
Girls: 
<Aubrey blinks> Damn.. I miss all the good shit.
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles> No shit. <fills her in on the details>
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at Brennan, smiles> Christ. <kisses him, quietly> So is Taryn gonna do it?
Boys: 
<Brennan nods> Yeah.
Girls: 
<Aubrey smiles> Nice. Maybe things can get back to normal then?
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles> What’s normal?
Girls: 
<Aburey laughs> Well there is that too.
Girls: 
<Kendra breaks the kiss and looks at Genja, smiles, quietly> Wow.
Boys: 
<Genja smiles> A little more personal feeling?
Girls: 
<Kendra smiles> I felt the earth move.
Boys: 
<Genja looks at her, still smiling> That’s promising.
Girls: 
<Kendra smiles> What? You didn’t feel it?
Boys: 
<Genja laughs> I think they probably felt it two counties over.
Girls: 
<Kendra smiles> That’s better.
Boys: 
<Genja smiles> You’re going to the stock show with me tomorrow.
Girls: 
<Kendra smiles> Yes sir.
Girls: 
Kendra looks at him> Wait.. what am I going to do at a stock show?
Boys: 
<Genja looks at her> keep me from losing my fucking mind. I hate those things.
Girls: 
<Kendra laughs> Oh I think I can help you with that. If you hate them why did you come. Can’t Kat and Constantine handle it?
Boys: 
<Genja smiles> I have some business that actually doesn’t concern the stock. Namely, there are certain ranchers who believe very strongly in their right to bear arms.
Girls: 
<Kendra nods and smiles> I see.
Girls: 
<Kendra blinks> Someone was saying something about an armory in Taryn’s basement…
Boys: 
<Genja arches a brow> *Taryn* has an armory? <shakes his head> I’ll talk to Samuel about it. I seriously doubt it belongs to anyone here.
Girls: 
<Kendra nods and smiles> I didn’t think it was hers..
Boys: 
<Genja smiles> I’m pretty sure if it was, when she came out onto her porch earlier, I would’ve been looking down the barrel of one piece or another. Which is what Samuel did to Saige when she showed up in *his* yard.
Girls: 
<Kendra nods> Yeah.. I heard about that. Idiot asked if he *wanted* to put holes in that body. <shakes her head>
Boys: 
<Genja nods> Aiden and Ava were telling me about it. <looks at her> I’m surprised she’s still standing.
Girls: 
<Kendra nods> Me too. <looks at him> I mean I’m pretty ballsy..but there is no way I’d do that especially with someone I didn’t know.
Boys: 
<Genja nods> You’re also not as sheltered as she is. <looks at her> And the company you keep is a little more.. intense.
Girls: 
<Kendra nods> But self-preservation alone would dictate that a person *not* do that.. but then again word is she does extreme sports with Akhiro too.
Boys: 
<Genja looks at her> I don’t get the feeling that self preservation is an overly large concern for her.
Girls: 
<Kendra nods and smiles> So that being said.. switch?
Boys: 
<Genja smiles> Yes.
Girls: 
<Kendra smiles> Lead on, baby.
Boys: 
<Genja lets her go, takes her hand and walks over to Saige and Samuel, looks at Saige, to Samuel> Dance with Kendra. <smiles at Saige> And give someone else a chance to get to know your friend here.

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