April 27

You’ve Got Desires – Ren Throws a Welcome Party, Samuel Reveals More, Tristan Drunk Dials

Girls: 
<the house is done up with balloons and streamers, a very large screen hangs on the wall with porn playing, alcohol flows freely, the smell of cigarettes hang in the air, music plays in the back ground, an open bottle of whiskey sits on the coffee table and the group sits around on a very large pit style couch talking, Ren’s had the place decorated 70’s style for the night, Ren looks at Akhiro, grins> What do you think?
Boys: 
<Akhiro smiles> I like it.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Ren, smiles> You wanna hear this story or what?
Girls: 
<Ren nods at Loch> Of course I do.
Boys: 
<Loch nods> All right then. <looks at the others> So, we pull up in front of the bar, right? It’s 4 in the afternoon and there’s people screamin’ and yellin’ and glass breakin’ and music blarin’ and all kinds of shit and not a soul in the streets but motorcycles *everywhere*. Like it’s bike week or somethin’. And this half naked woman comes runnin’ out of the bar, topless.. and heads down the street screamin’ at the top of her lungs.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles, nods> And she looks like she’s had the shit kicked out of her.
Girls: 
<Renee blinks> Jesus and you guys didn’t leave then?
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> Seriously. That sounds heinous.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Ren> Oh, just wait. David was on a fuckin’ mission and you know how he is when he gets his mind set.
Girls: 
<Ren nods> True.


Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Aubrey> Nice place to visit but I wouldn’t wanna live there.
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> *I’ve* been in some rough places and *I* was ready to leave at that point.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> No shit. I’ve seen places like that.
Girls: 
<Lia listens shaking her head>
Boys: 
<Loch nods> Well..it gets worse before it gets better. This guy comes out right after her and yells down the street after her “yo, darlin’, where ya goin’? We were just gettin’ started.” Then he looks at us.
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head> No. Then he looks at David.
Boys: 
<Ethan arches a brow> Tell me David didn’t start a fight.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Seth> Like he zeroed in on him?
Boys: 
<Seth nods to Siobhan> Pretty much, yeah. Didn’t give the rest of us a second glance.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Siobhan> Now ask us why.
Girls: 
<Siobhan turns to Loch> Why?
Boys: 
<Loch smiles> Because he knows him. And pretty goddamn well.
Girls: 
<Renee looks at Akhiro then over at Loch> How’s he know him?
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Ren> Oh, we’ll get to that. That’s a story in and of itself.
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at Brennan> I wish he’d do it already.. I’m dying to know.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> Said somethin’ about the prodigal son returning. And David asks where his mother is and this guy tells him she’s in the bar “entertaining the troops” because she’s “gotta earn her keep” now that the old man’s gone. So, David makes like he’s gonna go in the bar and our new friend stops him and says “hold up, little brother”.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods to Aubrey> No shit. <looks over at Seth> “Little brother”?
Boys: 
<Seth nods> As in… literally he is David’s older brother.
Boys: 
<Loch nods> That not a damn one of us knew he had.
Girls: 
<Renee’s mouth gapes> He’s got an older brother? <Sangria smiles>
Boys: 
<Loch nods> And he’s packin’.
Girls: 
<Lia blinks> Wow. <Siobhan shakes her head> No way.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> As in.. he’s carryin’ a .38 in his waist band.
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at Loch> Holy fuck.
Boys: 
<Tristan looks at Sang>
Boys: 
<Akhiro looks at Loch> How did we not know this?
Boys: 
<Loch shrugs> Guess Saige isn’t the only one with secrets.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods at Tristan> Loch called me from the road.
Boys: 
<Tristan shakes his head> I can’t believe you didn’t make him come home. Or.. tell *me* about it.
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at Tristan> I wanted to.
Girls: 
<Renee looks at Tristan>I can’t believe she kept a secret.
Boys: 
<Tistan nods to Ren> No shit.
Boys: 
<Loch nods> Then David’s brother says.. you’re not walkin’ in there in those jackets, so how ’bout we go to the house and have a beer while we wait for the old lady to come stumblin’ home. And Uncle Bill says he bettter not be pullin’ any of his shit because he’s not too old or too big for Uncle Bill to whoop his ass. And Big Bad looks at him and says.. whenever you feel froggy, old man, just remember where you are and you weren’t invited.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> And Jamie and Taryn get all tensed up like *they’re* feelin’ froggy.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at the girls> Did we mention Jamie was armed?
Girls: 
<Renee shakes her head> Bullshit.
Boys: 
<Van arches a brow> *Aunt* Jamie?
Boys: 
<Loch nods> True shit.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> And apparently, so was Uncle Bill.
Girls: 
<Saige nods> Had a little cobra on her.. showed it to me..I want one.
Boys: 
<Loch smiles at Seth> And of course, our friendly neighborhood city boy was armed, too.
Boys: 
<Seth nods, looks at Lia>
Girls: 
<Lia looks at Seth and sighs> You knew what you were walking into didn’t you?
Boys: 
<Ethan shakes his head> And no one came back dead. That’s fucking amazing.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> I might’ve had an idea. <looks at the others> So, we go to the house, right? There’s a gun cabinet lined with shotguns in the living room. And in the basement is a goddamn armory.
Boys: 
<Loch nods> And we’re talkin’ illegal weapons kind of armory.
Girls: 
<Lia smiles> I gotta say after what I’m hearing I’m kinda glad you had it.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles at Lia>
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Loch> And you *still* didn’t leave.
Girls: 
<Aubrey shakes her head> Damn.. sounds like that place in Texas.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods to Aubrey> No shit.
Boys: 
<Loch nods> Apparently, Big Bad’s old man took his right to bear arms a tad seriously.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> Sounds like *any* place in Texas.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles at Sang> Right.
Boys: 
<Van smiles at Ethan> Which is why we stay the hell away from Texas.
Boys: 
<Akhiro looks at Van> *You* could go to Texas. You’re white.
Girls: 
<Saige nods> Seriously.
Boys: 
<Loch smiles> In the meantime.. there’s not a scrap of food in the house. It’s all beer all the time and an assortment of fine grain alcohol because apparently they take their drinking very seriously too.
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Loch> There was food there when I got there.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Saige> That’s because Big Bad went out and went food shopping, stoner style.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> The house though was clean as shit with the exception of mom’s bedroom which was pretty bad.
Girls: 
<Saige shakes her head> Pretty bad? it smelled like someone died in there.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> It was that way before mom was in it, too.
Girls: 
<Aubrey shakes her head> Oh.. nasty.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Saige> We’re gettin’ ahead of ourselves. <looks at the others> So.. Uncle Bill and Aunt Jamie are tellin’ us all about how bad Big Bad is and how he’s always been bad, was born bad and just.ain’t.right. And Taryn’s goin’ on about how she can feel the bad vibes just rollin’ off him.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> And they’re givin’ him a wide ass berth.
Boys: 
<Loch nods> Right. Meanwhile, he’s givin’ *us* a wide ass berth and goes into the kitchen. And Jamie goes in after him.
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> I can understand why.
Girls: 
<Renee looks over at Loch again> Why would she do that if she thought he was so bad?
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Siobhan> Yeah, but it’s Jamie and Bill. I don’t see them bein’ antagonists or anything but I don’t see them bein’ nervous around bad people either. <shrugs> Don’t know. But she does and then they come out a few minutes later and she says there’s a change of plans. She and Big Bad are goin’ to the bar and bringin’ mom home and then they’re gonna committ her ass.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Sang> And I pull her in the kitchen and asks her if she really wants to do this and she tells me he’s bad, but she trusts him on this and she trusts him not to let anything happen to her.
Girls: 
<Siobhan shakes her head> Damn.
Girls: 
<Sangria nods> So they talked and she realized something.
Boys: 
<Akhiro looks at Loch> What? He’s just not right but she trusted him to protect her?
Boys: 
<Loch nods to Akhiro> I know, right? <looks at Sang> Yeah? What do you think that was?
Girls: 
<Sangria shrugs> That maybe he wasn’t as bad as she thought, or maybe that while he *was* bad…she’d seen worse since she last saw him or maybe she just misjudged him all together.
Boys: 
<Loch nods> Right. Hold onto that for a bit. <looks at Akhiro> And you hold on to what you just said.. because both those things are gonna be important here in a couple of minutes.
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods> All right.
Girls: 
<Sang nods> Okay.
Boys: 
<Loch looks back at the others> So they go and come back with mom. And at this point, Big Bad apparently got on Jamie’s bad side or her on his or a little of both, I’m not sure which. But she didn’t have a whole lot to say the rest of the night. For the most part. Big Bad goes out for food after Taryn jumps on him and comes back while we’re catchin’ a cat nap.
Girls: 
<Renee blinks> Taryn jumped on him?
Boys: 
<Loch nods> Yeah. I was standin’ right there. He decided to let David deal with gettin’ mom, who’s unconcious and lookin’ like.. as Jamie said.. a cancer patient three days *after* she should be dead.. into the house. And he tells Taryn to help David because he’s gonna need it. And Taryn hits him with “are you always this cold hearted or are you just givn’ us the special treatment?”
Boys: 
<Tristan smiles> Damn.
Boys: 
<Akhiro shakes his head> He must be a special kind of guy to get Taryn to say something like that to him.
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at Tristan>
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> I don’t think anyone’s ever gotten her worked up but David.
Boys: 
<Loch nods to Akhiro> Make no mistake. This guy is ten different shades of asshole when he wants to be. But he could probably charm the pants off a nun if he wanted to, too. <looks at Aubrey> It didn’t last long. He comes back from the food run and she goes out there and starts tryin’ to make nice with him. *Then* she goes into wounded animal mode and decides come hell or high water she’s gonna feed him. Even almost sounded hurt when he told her he ate while he was out. And believe me when I tell you that was the longest a meatloaf has had to cook in fuckin’ history. Even after she took it out of the oven, she wouldn’t put it on the fuckin’ table for the rest of us. But I’m gettin’ ahead of myself again.
Boys: 
<Seth looks at Saige> Yeah. She started dinner before they called you.
Girls: 
<Saige blinks> Jesus if it cooked *that* long you didn’t want it anyway. <grins>
Boys: 
<Seth smiles>
Boys: 
<Loch nods to Saige> Babe.. we were so hungry by then some of us were ready to start chewin’ off our own limbs. And she found venison in the freezer and put that in the meat loaf, too. <looks at the others> Anyway.. before we get to eat.. Seth goes out and makes friends with Big Bad and they get to fondlin’ each other’s guns. Me and David have a little talk about how that’s his brother and quit bein’ a dick because he’s got no one left. David goes out and talks to him and that’s when Saige shows up and almost gets her head blown off.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Saige> Oh.. this we want to hear.
Girls: 
<Saige nods> True shit.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> I ride up, in my leathers and helmet, like I always do, pull off the helmet and head to the porch.. I see David and this guy talking and figure it’s Samuel… the *brother* Tar told me about and go over the whole time he’s talking to David and he’s got the gun on me they go back and forth about who I am and He doesn’t care what it is get it off my land. And David pulls the gun outta Samuel’s hand, and says, “My girlfriend’s *twin*. I get to the porch and ask him if he really wants to put holes in this body. He says you’ve got to be kidding me.
Boys: 
<Loch smiles>
Boys: 
<Van arches a brow>
Boys: 
<the other boys laugh, Ethan smiles at Saige> Bet no one’s ever said *that* to you before.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Loch> This guys name is “Samuel”? Christ. Does that scream old school Southern Baptist or what?
Boys: 
<Loch nods> And he’s definitely a Southern boy.
Girls: 
<Saige shrugs> He asks David if he did Tar and I at the same time.. When David said no, he called him a fag. <looks at Ethan and smiles> Not ever. So I said, Darlin’, I’m more than enough woman for one man, sometimes Two.” ANd he says, “Darlin’ you ain’t been datinthe right men if it takes two.”
Boys: 
<Ethan laughs> Oh shit. <smiles> Arrogant much?
Girls: 
<Saige nods> Totally. Then he tried to send me to the kitchen with Taryn.. When I told him that Tar was more at home in the kitchen he said there’s bedrooms upstairs and he’s thinkin’ that’s more my speed. I smiled at him and told him I’d rather get to know him first. Then David said they were in the middle of something and I went inside.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Ethan> Arrogant? Maybe. Confident and cocky as fuck? Definitely. <Loch looks at the others> So, yeah.. Saige comes in and Big Bad goes out.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> David comes in a few minutes later, tells us Samuel went to the bar. So, Loch asks if anyone wants to go bar hopping and that’s when Jamie gets kinda weird and starts telling’ us we do *not* want to go into *that* bar.
Boys: 
<Loch nods> And David looks at Jamie for a second and says.. we’re stayin’ in. And that’s where things get interesting.
Boys: 
<Loch lights a cigarette and slams a shot, pours himself another one> Remember what we were sayin’ about Jamie realizin’ somethin’ and her trustin’ him to protect her, right? Well.. we start talkin’ about Big Bad who, by this time has pretty much reached his limit on people he doesn’t know comin’ in and takin’ over his house and we start throwin’ some theories around about mom and what’s been goin’ on when *Jamie* comes out with.. she thinks he’s goin’ to the bar to bring back some people and he’s plannin’ on burnin’ down the house with mom in it.
Boys: 
<the boys blink collectively>
Girls: 
<The girls shake their heads, except for Saige who nods>
Boys: 
<Loch looks at the others> So.. how do we go from she trusted him and realized somethin’ to she’s convinced he’s gonna burn up his mom? I have yet to figure that one out. So, we keep throwin’ our theories around about him bein’ the leader of the gang now and all this shit and David says.. as usual.. fuck this, I’m goin’ to go ask him. And the girls are all like.. the *hell* you are.
Girls: 
<Saige shrugs> We didn’t want him to get shot in that place.
Boys: 
<Seth nods> So.. long story short.. I go to the bar and convince him to come back to the house and the first thing Jamie and Taryn do is hit him with “sit down and have dinner with us” which apparently did not go over well.
Boys: 
<Loch nods> Yeah. And Jamie gets all parental on his ass usin’ that mom tone. He basically tells her get fucked because when they’re alone, she’s like his best friend and the second David’s around, she’s back to treatin’ him like the red headed step child. She gets all shitty about don’t you *dare* try and pull that bullshit and he says somethin’ about how at the bar she was all compassionate and shit about him havin’ to deal with mom’s drunk ass all the time and they get back here and she tells him, after agreeing David needs a dose of reality and he tries to give it to him, to not be a douche. Which she denies doing. Then he says somethin’ about David’s whore of a mother, David gets shitty and Samuel lays into *him* about doin’ somethin’ with mom because Big Bad’s tired of it.
Boys: 
<Seth smiles> And then *Loch* says.. “Hey, asshole. You’re right. You don’t want us here, we don’t like you, so why don’t you just tell us if you’re plannin’ on burnin’ up your mom and if you’re in charge of this town”.
Girls: 
Siobhan sighs> Shit Loch.. and he didn’t shoot *you*.
Boys: 
<Loch smiles at Siobhan> Babe.. he’s one of those guys that won’t take you seriously if you don’t have a little bit of attitude. “Hey asshole” is how you let him know you’re not fuckin’ around and then he *might* take a second to actually pay attention to what you have to say. This guy doesn’t fuck around and he doesn’t play. The only way to get a straight answer is to get on his level.
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> Still. <smiles>

Boys: 
<Seth nods> And Samuel laughs and asks Loch what he’s smoking. Then he explains the hierarchy to us which he is not on. *Then* he asks why he’d burn down a perfectly good house to kill a woman who’s killin’ herself every day already.
Boys: 
<Loch nods> Then Jamie asks him about some of the old members she knows and her and Taryn gang up on him to eat with us again and he finally relents and does. During which, he tells us about the *many* times he’s been shot and how, yeah.. his old man *did* have somethin’ to do with what happened to David’s dad and, oh, by the way.. he didn’t *really* blow off his own face while cleaning his shotgun. This is what *really* happened.
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at Loch> *What*?
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Aubrey, smiles> Babe.. I *wish* I could tell it the way he did. I felt like I was gonna shit my pants and every time he paused, I wanted to strangle his ass. But it boiled down to the old man was drunk in the basement playin’ with his guns and rantin’ about the government and Samuel confronted him about David’s dad. He owned up to it and *bam!*, mom, who’s eavesdropping gives herself away by knocking something off a shelf. The old man goes after her with his gun, a mad chase ensues, she gets Samuel’s gun, Samuel gets a shotgun, she loses Samuel’s gun, Samuel holds his old man at gun point, mom sneaks up behind with *another* shotgun, aims over Samuel’s shoulder and blows the old man’s face off.
Boys: 
<Seth looks at Aubrey> There were a shit ton of shotguns in that house.
Girls: 
<Aubrey blinks> Fuck..me.
Boys: 
<Loch nods> That’s what we said.
Boys: 
<Seth looks at Aubrey> So.. shortly after, David said we were takin’ mom to the hospital down here and we got to gettin’.
Boys: 
<Loch smiles> And here we are.
Girls: 
<Siobhan shakes her head> And you were giving Sang updates the whole time? <Looks at Sang who nods> I’m surprised she didn’t head there and drag *you* home by your hair.
Boys: 
<Loch smiles> You and me both. At one point, David tried to send me and Seth home, but Sang said no fuckin’ way were we to leave David and the others there.
Girls: 
<Sang smiles> And if I hadn’t had responsibilities here I would have gone there.
Boys: 
<Loch nods> In the meantime.. apparently, Jamie hasn’t had two words to say to Samuel since he agreed to eat with us and is *still* convinced he was gonna burn up his mother.
Girls: 
<Saige shakes her head> Which doesn’t sound like Jamie…at all.
Boys: 
<Akhiro nods> And doesn’t sound like a woman who trusted the same guy to protect her.
Girls: 
<Sangria shrugs> Sounds like maybe somethin’ happened at the bar.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Sang> Yeah, well.. we have no idea what.
Boys: 
<meanwhile, David and Samuel pull up in the driveway on their bikes with Taryn, get off the bikes and head inside>
Girls: 
<Taryn heads in with them>
Girls: 
<Sangria shrugs> So ask.
Boys: 
<Loch nods> I’m goin’ to.
Boys: 
<David and Samuel walk into the living room, David with his arm around Taryn, looks at the others> Ask who what?
Girls: 
<the girls look over at David, then shift their attention to Samuel, Renee smiles, Siobhan blinks, Aubrey throws a pillow at Loch, Sangria and Saige grin>
Boys: 
<the boys look over, Loch smiles> Ask Big Bad what happened at the bar when he and Jamie were there. <laughs when Aubrey hits him with the pillow>
Boys: 
<Akhiro looks at Loch> We totally should’ve seen that coming.
Boys: 
<Loch nods to Akhiro> Yeah, you should’ve.
Boys: 
<Brennan smiles> I’m thinkin’ Solitude just got a *whole* lot more interesting.
Girls: 
<Saige laughs> You totally should have.
Girls: 
<Renee looks at Sang> How did *you* keep it a secret?
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Ren> Easy. The payoff was way too promising.
Girls: 
<Renee nods, looks over at them> Come on in.. make yourself at home…it’s a party.
Boys: 
<Samuel and David look at each other, David smiles, they look back at the group, David> This is my older brother, Samuel.
Boys: 
<Samuel smiles that smile> S’up?
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Siobhan, smiles> This one’s going to be trouble.
Boys: 
<the boys nod, introduce themselves>
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> Yeah…I’m thinking.
Girls: 
<Taryn introduces the girls to Samuel, Sangria and Saige, smile at Samuel, the other girls wave and say hey as Taryn calls their name, Saige smiles almost sheepishly at Samuel>
Boys: 
<Samuel nods, smiles at Saige, David takes off his jacket and takes Samuel’s, takes them to the other room and puts them with everyone else’s, Loch pours Samuel a shot and holds it out to him> So.. what happened when you and Jamie went to the bar?
Boys: 
<Samuel walks over, takes the shot, takes an empty seat, shrugs> Nothin’ happened. <slams the shot, hands the glass back to Loch> We went in, headed straight for the back stairs, did what we had to do and got the fuck out.
Boys: 
<David comes back in and takes Taryn’s hand, walks over and sits next to Samuel, pulling Taryn down next to him, pours shots for the two of them and hands her one> Yeah, but Jamie was completely wigged out by the bar. She was goin’ on about how close she came to that bein’ her.
Girls: 
<Taryn takes the offered shot and drinks it listening to the conversation>
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Samuel> So nothing happened that would have.. I don’t know freaked her out or anything?
Boys: 
<Samuel shakes his head> Darlin’, just goin’ into that place is enough to fuck you up if you’ve never been in a place like that before.
Boys: 
<Loch looks over at Samuel> Jamie said that place is as bad as anything she’s ever seen. But she wouldn’t say anything else. I’m thinkin’ it might be time someone clued us in.
Girls: 
<Saige nods> Yeah.. Cuz I’m thinkin’ for it to shut down *Jamie* it had to be something.
Boys: 
<David looks at Samuel> So.. tell us about the Ninth Circle of Hell.
Boys: 
<Samuel shakes his head> All right. But you really have to see it to truly understand it. <lights a cigarette> It’s dinner time when we go in but everyone’s been drinkin’ since well before. There’s not a guy in the place that hasn’t done time for some violent or drug related crime or another. And they’re rowdy as fuck. You got people stumblin’ around, fights breakin’ out because someone thinks someone looked at him funny, knifings, shootings. We go in and shit’s flyin’ through the air and people ar fuckin’ or fuckin’ around right there out in the open because we got no laws there. No cops. Hell, the cops are afraid to come into that town. Jamie’s got that jacket on because y’all are so fuckin’ stubborn. And I can’t let anyone see that jacket or she’s not walkin’ out of there and I might not be either. She looked around once. After that, she was head down and mouth shut and made for the back door like her ass was on fire just like I told her.
Boys: 
<Samuel takes a drag> Anyway… it’s wall to wall people and there’s barely room to turn around and this guy comes up that I was drinkin’ with earlier and wants me to drink with him again. I tell him to get lost because I got company. And I shove him off of us before he can focus his eyes on my company.
Girls: 
<The girls listen, Sangria quietly> Anarchy.
Boys: 
<Samuel shrugs> That’s the *only* thing that “happened”. Then we get into the back hallway and there’s the usual shit. People passed out drunk in the hallway, someone else pissin’ in a corner. We go upstairs to the room Sarah’s in and there’s a group of guys standin’ outside the door. I ask ’em if they’re done and they say, yeah, she passed out halfway through the train and she’s useless now. And we go into the room. Sarah’s out cold on a mattress in the middle of a floor. Me and Jamie talked about her a little, but I don’t remember much of what we said. I started dressin’ her and Jamie wouldn’t let me do it. Said somethin’ about how she failed me and shit. How she shoulda kidnapped me or somethin’. I told her I wasn’t cryin’ about it. When we got Sarah dressed, I told her to leave the jacket and go out the alley door, bring the truck around. She did and I carried Sarah out, put her in the truck and we headed back. That’s it. That’s everything that happened.
Boys: 
<Loch shakes his head> Guess the fantasy’s always better than the reality.
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Samuel> But weren’t she and Sarah tight at one point.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at Loch for a second, takes another drag> Anyway.. <nods to Saige. They were best friends. Jamie used to be with a guy in the gang. He’s not around anymore.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Samuel> That wouldn’t be the Johnny she asked about, would it?
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Ayup.

Girls: 
<Saige nods> So she “failed” you and was thinkin’ she might face Johnny again? Was the gang always like that or had it gotten worse over the years?
Boys: 
<Samuel shakes his head> It wasn’t her responsibility. <nods> They’ve gotten worse, yeah. Power and money’ll do that to ya. The old man was into *everything*. Dealin’ drugs, runnin’ guns. All sorts of shit. As the years have passed by and the deals got bigger, Hank started gettin’ full of himself. More than he used to be and that’s sayin’ somethin’. Was walkin’ around thinkin’ he was some kind of god, that they were invincible.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at Saige> And layin’ siege to an entire town, practically deserted or not, is no small thing.
Girls: 
<Saige nods> So she got out what 15 years ago or even 10…and sees what it’s become what she left you too. <nods> I can see the guilt and the fear even.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Saige> Fear of what?
Boys: 
<David shakes his head> She said it kills her that Samuel doesn’t even blink at that kinda shit anymore. That he’s used to it.
Girls: 
<Saige looks at him> Getting sucked back in. She didn’t know Johnny was gone.. fear that he’d come after her. I don’t know how they do it.. but people didn’t just walk away from Justin’s gang. Jumped in jumped out.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at Saige> Burn down a house that’s got bodies in the attic and leave their jacket behind.
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Samuel nods>

Boys: 
<David looks at Samuel for a second> *That’s* what you were plannin’.
Boys: 
<Loch arches a brow> Bodies in the attic?
Boys: 
<Seth shakes his head>We didn’t even think about the attic.
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Samuel> There were bodies in the Attic?
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at Saige> You didn’t think the previous owner just handed it over nicely, now, did ya? Or that Hank would even give him the choice?
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Samuel>I didn’t really think about it at all.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Saige, thinking about what she said about how mom’s room smelled>
Boys: 
<Samuel nods to Saige> Probably better that way.
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Samuel nods> Probably…
Girls: 
<Taryn quietly> How many?
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at Taryn, takes a drag> In the attic? I don’t know. A few. They managed to take some of Hank’s people out during the shooting.
Girls: 
<Taryn looks at David, then back at Samuel> Children?
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Couple.
Girls: 
<Taryn blinks>
Boys: 
<the boys just sit there dumbfounded>
Girls: 
<Saige looks at Samuel> Were *you* part of that?
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at Saige, takes another drag, taps his ashes in the ashtray> I was in the bar gettin’ lit.
Girls: 
<Saige nods>
Girls: 
<Taryn looks at David takes his hand> All right so maybe Jamie had an inkling or something?
Boys: 
<David watches Samuel> But you wouldn’t tell us if you were because there’s no statute of limitations on killin’ people.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at David> I dn’t shoot anyone I have to lower my aim to hit.
Boys: 
<David looks at Taryn, curls his fingers over hers> An inkling of what?

Girls: 
<Taryn shrugs> What that place really was.
Boys: 
<David nods> All three of us had an inkling. But I’m wonderin’ if somethin’ didn’t happen on her way to get the truck.
Girls: 
<Taryn looks at him> Like maybe someone recognized her?
Boys: 
<David nods> Maybe.
Boys: 
<David shrugs> Or she coulda seen someone *she* recognized and realized she was by herself at that point.
Girls: 
<Taryn nods, Saige shakes her head> I don’t know.. Jamie was armed and doesn’t strike me as the woman that would let just recognizing someone scare her.
Boys: 
<Seth looks at David and Taryn> She didn’t go into Sarah’s room until after they brought Sarah back. And then she went straight in there. What if she smelled the bodies from the attic and knew what it was?
Boys: 
<Loch says> I was really hopin’ I wouldn’t have to ask this. <looks at Samuel> Attic access… Sarah’s room?
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Hank put her in there just so she’d have to deal with it. So she wouldn’t forget who she was dealin’ with.
Girls: 
<Saige nods> Jamie smells it and heads up and sees… <shakes her head> That.. which I imagine was not pretty to begin with but after …<looks at Samuel> How long?
Boys: 
<Samuel takes another drag> He kept the wife around a while til he got bored with her. The others, a couple months ago. Her… not quite as long. Then, a few nights later, it was his turn.
Girls: 
<Taryn shakes her head> No wonder.
Boys: 
<Samuel loks at Saige> I ddn’t bury his fuckin’ ass in the backyard. I just told her that to make her feel better. I put him up in the attic with the rest of ’em. We were gonna burn the house that night but Sarah went batshit.
Boys: 
<Loch arches a brow> That explains why the house was so clean.
Girls: 
<Taryn nods> And there it is.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> We figured they’d find the wife’s body and think it was Sarah and would just assume one of the others was me.
Girls: 
<Taryn looks at Loch> That explains her weirdness after coming back, <looks at David> *And* her reluctance to let go of the thought that the house was gonna burn with Sarah in it.
Boys: 
<Samuel shakes his head> Because she doesn’t know, Taryn. It was Sarah’s idea to burn it. <looks at her> After the old man bit it and she realized this was it and there was no turnin’ back, she lost her shit. Got paranoid. Started drinkin’ harder. Shootin’ up. She wouldn’t leave the house. We’d get into these huge blowouts over and I’d carry her ass out over my shoulder but she’d just run right back in. Last time I tried, she went after me with a broken bottle. Got me good with it, too. So, I figured she couldn’t stay in there forever and it wasn’t worth dyin’ over. So I waited her out and she started venturin’ out finally. First just out to the porch. Then into the yard. Finally, when she ran out of drugs, she started goin’ to the bar and gettin’ him there.
Boys: 
She didn’t have any money to pay for it though. She wasn’t just drunk when we puller her out of there. And when the hospital runs those blood tests, they’re gonna figure she was junkie too.
Boys: 
<Samuel takes another drag> Hell.. if he hadn’t killed that baby she was carryin’, she might never have bothered tryin’ to leave at all.
Girls: 
<Taryn blinks> What?
Boys: 
<David looks at him> And you were gonna let us take her to the hospital and burn the house down and just go get yourself lost somewhere after we left.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Pretty much, yeah. <looks at Taryn> You heard me. She got pregnant again. And when the last one wasn’t his, he wasn’t buyin’ this one was either. Beat her so bad, I thought he was gonna kill her. Made sure she wasn’t pregnant anymore.
Boys: 
<David arches a brow> Why didn’t you do anything?
Girls: 
<Taryn shakes her head> Shit.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at him> Because I wasn’t there. I walked in on the end of it.
Boys: 
<Samuel crushes out the cigarette> When he was done, he told me not to touch her and left for the bar. So, I called the doctor I told you about and she came over and checked her out. She wanted to take her out then, but I wouldn’t let her. So we got her up to bed and the doctor stayed as long as she dared. Hank comes home when the sun was comin’ up and starts workin’ his way through the house lookin’ for her. Came up the stairs with his belt in his hand screamin’ for her. And was standin’ there waitin’ on him. Knocked his ass down the stairs and dared him to come at me again. And that’s when he went in the basement and started palyin’ with his guns.
Boys: 
<Samuel shrugs> He was down there a coupla days and Sarah woke up. That’s when we decided what we were gonna do and I went after him in the basement.
Girls: 
<Saige looks at him> Jesus.. no wonder she shot him.
Boys: 
<Samuel nods> Hell hath no fury.
Boys: 
<Samuel looks at David> She wasn’t drunk that night. She was weak from what he did to her.
Girls: 
<Siobhan and Aubrey look at him blinking>
Girls: 
<Renee shakes her head> Fuck…
Boys: 
<the boys are speechless>
Girls: 
<Taryn hands Samuel her phone> I think Maybe Jamie should hear that part.
Boys: 
<Samuel takes Taryn’s phone, nods> Fine. But if it doesn’t end well… don’t be surprised. <stands and walks out of the room, calls Jamie>

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