June 2

Apocalypse Now – Heard it in a Love Song

Girls:
<Nikki smiles> Baby, I would have been there sooner but got held with work.
Boys:
<Tristan nods> It’s all right. I’m glad you didn’t have to deal with that.
Girls:
<Nikki leans in and kisses him gently> I’m sorry you had to deal alone.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles, kisses her back, shakes his head> Real life happens, baby.
Girls:
<Nikki nods> It does.. but still. I need you know that you are a priority for me.


Boys:
<Tristan looks at her> Nikki, it’s okay. I’m not doubting that. I needed you more here in the aftermath.
Girls:
<Nikki smiles> I’m here. <quietly> I just.. <smiles> It’s just something I’ve been meaning to tell you for a while.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles> Well, now you’ve told me. Hungry?
Girls:
<Nikki nods> Famished. <smiles> And I love Chinese.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles> Yeah.. I probably should’ve asked. Just.. for me and Sang it’s comfort food.
Girls:
<Nikki nods> I wasn’t sure what everyone wanted so I got a little of everything.
Boys:
<Akhiro looks over, smiles> And for me it’s a mockery of my heritage. <gets up and walks over> Which is the *only* reason I like it. <dishes up plates for him and Ren>
Boys:
<Akhiro looks at all the food> Christ. There’s enough here for an army and enough variety to make anyone happy. <smiles at Nikki> Efficient.
Girls:
<Nikki laughs> Yes I am. <grins> And I’d eat now but I don’t want to let go of my man just yet.
Girls:
<Sang looks at Ethan> Food?
Boys:
<Akhiro smiles again, nods> That is a perfectly acceptable excuse.
Boys:
<Ethan smiles> Yeah. I think I can eat somethin’ now.
Girls:
<Sang smiles> Want me to get it for you?
Boys:
<Christopher puts down his guitar, cracks his knuckles> I’ve gotta stop for a bit before my fingers cramp up.
Boys:
<Ethan shakes his head> I can get it. <smiles> Besides.. I want to see this spread. <takes her hand, gets up, pulls her up with him and heads toward the food>
Girls:
<Ciara turns over and opens her eyes, blinks and sits straight up> What… <blinks again and hangs her head> Shit.
Boys:
<Christopher smiles> Morning, star shine.
Boys:
<Alexei looks at Ciara, smiles> And you wanted to drive home.
Girls:
<Caira looks at Christopher, smiles> The earth says hello?
Boys:
<Ethan looks over at Ciara, smiles> Hey. If you’re over that nasty hangover now, you want some Chinese food?
Boys:
<Christopher smiles, nods> Yeah. <gets up and walks over to the food where the others are>
Girls:
<Ciara looks at Alexei, blinks> You’re here? <smiles> I thought I dreamed that. <looks over at Ethan> God yes.. I’m starving.
Boys:
<Ethan nods to Ciara> Be glad you slept. You missed so much negative bullshit drama it’s crazy and saved Alexei and Christopher from havin’ to deal with it, too.
Boys:
<Alexei smiles, shakes his head> No, but it only took me about ten minutes to get here. So, you fell asleep pretty quickly.
Girls:
<Ciara smiles sheepishly> Van made me sit.
Girls:
<Caira looks over at Christopher, to Alexei> Then he started playing.
Boys:
<Alexei smiles, nods> Good. How do you feel now?
Girls:
<Caira stretches> Better. <Smiles> Awake.
Boys:
<Tristan looks over at Ciara, smiles> Hey, you. This is my girlfriend, Nikki.
Girls:
<Nikki smiles at Ciara> Hey.. it’s nice to meet you.
Boys:
<Akhiro smiles> And the blond with the killer ass over there is my girlfriend, Renee.
Boys:
<Christopher laughs> Killer ass he says like it might go unnoticed.
Girls:
<Ciara looks over at Tristan when he speaks, smiles looks at Akhiro> It’s nice to meet you both. <smiles at Renee and Nikki>
Girls:
<Renee nods at Ciara, grins> Hey.
Boys:
<Akhiro smiles at Christopher> Well, you know. I have to make sure everyone appreciates it as much as I do. Just.. not as closely as I do.
Girls:
<Ciara looks at Alexei, quietly> The band’s cool.
Girls:
<Renee laughs, to Akhiro> You just like the padding.
Boys:
<Alexei looks at Ciara, nods> They were playing when I got here.
Boys:
<Akhiro looks at Renee, smiles> I *love* the padding.
Girls:
<Renee smiles brightly at Akhiro> I know.
Boys:
<Ethan makes Ciara a plate while he makes his, putting a little of everything on it because he has no idea what she likes but leaving out anything not immediately discernible as actual food>
Boys:
<Christopher makes a plate, takes Ciara’s from Ethan, walks over to the coffee table and sets Ciara’s plate in front of her> There ya go. <sits on the floor with his>
Girls:
<Sang grabs a plate for her dishes up her favorites, smiles looks at Tristan and Nikki smiles>
Girls:
<Ciara looks at Christopher> Thank you. <quietly> And not just for the food.. <smiles> I could hear you playing through my sleep.
Boys:
<Christopher shrugs> No biggie. You weren’t sleeping well and people were worried. Hell, Shay actually tried to stay with you while the others went out.
Girls:
<Ciara shakes her head> Still.. <looks at him> I’m glad you did. I can’t believe Shay wanted to stay.
Boys:
<Christopher smiles, nods> I know, right? I was kinda surprised by it, too.
Boys:
<Christopher pulls out his phone> Speaking of Shay.. I better let her know you’re awake and starving. <texts Shay the message>
Girls:
<Shay sends back> “That’s a good sign. Hug her for me. ”
Girls:
<Ciara looks at Alexei, softly> I didn’t realize..
Boys:
<Alexei looks at Ciara, quietly> You didn’t realize what?
Boys:
<Christopher rolls his eyes, reading Shay’s message, puts his phone away and starts eating>
Girls:
<Ciara shrugs> That I was that tired.
Boys:
<Ethan carries his food over and sits on the floor next to Christopher> It kills me that we have such a small town, but our Chinese place is open like 24/7. You can’t even find that in big towns.
Boys:
<Christopher nods> Yeah, but.. it beats the hell out of pizza every single night.
Girls:
<Ciara looks at Christopher and the food, pulls an egg roll off the plate, bites into it>
Boys:
<Ethan smiles> Blasphemy.
Boys:
<Christopher laughs, nods> Yeah, all right. That was a lie.
Girls:
<Ren laughs> It’s open because *someone* always wants Chinese.
Boys:
<Akhiro smiles, carrying his food and Ren’s over> Yeah. Usually Sang. <blinks> Shit. <laughs> Tristan.. we forgot to introduce Sang.
Girls:
<Sang laughs> Pizza and Chinese.. the American dream.
Boys:
<Ethan blinks> Shit. How do we forget *that*?
Boys:
<Tristan smiles, looks at Ciara> And the girl we all forgot about is my *sister*, Sangria.
Girls:
<Sang smiles at Ciara> Hey.
Boys:
<Akhiro smiles> Brotherly love. <sits next to Ren, hands her a plate>
Girls:
<Ciara smiles> Hi. Nice to meet you.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles> In my defense, I’ve got a hot girl pressed against me.
Boys:
<Ethan smiles> And the rest of us were focused on food?
Boys:
<Akhiro smirks> Pffft. I was busy extolling the virtues of Ren’s ass.
Girls:
<Renee smiles> And now you all know why she’s so.. bouncy usually.. can’t forget her then.
Boys:
<Ethan smiles, nods to Ren> There ya go. It’s all Sang’s fault for forgetting to bounce.
Girls:
<Sang shakes her head> Didn’t forget.. just haven’t felt it.
Girls:
<Caira smiles> We all have off days.
Boys:
<Ethan looks at her> I know. We’ll get back there, though.
Girls:
<Sang nods> We will.
Boys:
<Ethan smiles> Especially since mornings with Van just won’t be the same if you’re *not* bouncing at him and we just can’t let him off that easy.
Girls:
<Sang smiles> That first morning was too funny.
Boys:
<Christopher smiles> Van not a morning person?
Boys:
<Ethan smiles> He’s cranky if he doesn’t get enough sleep.
Girls:
<Sangria nods>
Boys:
<Tristan looks over at Ethan> Tell us about the bookstore.
Girls:
<Sang nods> Yeah.. please.
Boys:
<Ethan blinks> Right. The bookstore. So.. the other day we’re stocking the shelves and Bill comes in and tells us he’s selling and he’s giving us a head’s up so we’re not screwed when new management takes over. But he doesn’t know when that’s going to happen, because he doesn’t actually have a buyer yet. <looks at Sang> So.. I was thinking… I’ve got the money from Gran which she gave us to invest in our futures, right?
Girls:
<Sang smiles> Yes you do. <blinks> Really?
Boys:
<Ethan smiles> So.. there’s only three of us and I was figuring if *I* buy it, I can keep the others on so they don’t have to scramble and they can help me keep it running the way Bill does it. <looks at Sang, smiles> And the best part is.. he owns the building. So, if that doesn’t work out, I can put something else there. And it’s got the apartment above it I could rent out or something.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles> And you’ve been saying you wanted to start a business forever.
Boys:
<Ethan nods to Tristan> Exactly.
Girls:
<Sangria smiles> Yes. I think you should go for it.
Boys:
<Ethan smiles at Sang, nods> I’ll talk to him tomorrow.
Boys:
<Christopher looks at Ethan, smiles >That’s really cool. I’ll have to hang out there instead of libraries.
Boys:
<Ethan looks at Christopher, laughs> Libraries?
Girls:
<Sang beams and hugs Ethan, looks over at Christopher, smiles>
Girls:
<Ciara looks up from her food> Why libraries?
Boys:
<Christopher smiles, shakes his head> It’s a joke.. something me and Bree were talking about.
Boys:
<Ethan hugs Sang back>
Girls:
<Ciara nods> Okay. <smiles>
Boys:
<Christopher smiles, pushes his hair behind his ear, goes back to eating>
Girls:
<Ciara watches Christopher while she eats>
Boys:
<Tristan lets Nikki go, smiles> Come on. You said you’re hungry.
Girls:
<Nikki nods> I am.. <smiles> But my need for you outweighed that for a bit there. <grins> I think I can eat now.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles> I like the sound of that. Say it to me again later when we’re alone in my room.
Girls:
<Nikki smiles> Count on it, baby.
Boys:
<Tristan smiles again, takes her hand and heads over to the food>
Boys:
<Ethan lets Sang go and goes back to eating>
Girls:
<Sang smiles and eats too>
Girls:
<Ciara looks over at Alexei> You aren’t going to.. <shakes her head> Right.. you were eating. I’m sorry.
Boys:
<Akhiro looks around, smiles, looks at Ren> I’m feeling a lot better now.
Girls:
<Renee smiles> Me too. <looks at him> There’s something to be said about home.
Boys:
<Alexei looks at Ciara like he wants to say something but can’t quite get there>
Boys:
<Akhiro nods> Seriously.
Boys:
<Alexei shakes his head, smiles> I guess you don’t need to go back to the hotel now. To sleep.
Girls:
<Ciara tilts her head and looks at him> Are you all right?
Boys:
<Alexei nods> I’m fine, Bella. This has not really been one of our more pleasant trips.
Girls:
<Ciara quietly> I’m sorry.
Boys:
<Alexei smiles> Don’t be. You are the bright spot in the whole episode.
Girls:
<Ciara looks at him for a moment, quietly> I feel more like the albatross.
Boys:
<Alexei furrows his brow> I don’t understand.
Girls:
<Ciara looks at him> There’s a saying about an albatross around your neck.. it usually means a problem that keeps you from succeeding.
Boys:
<Alexei arches a brow> And why would you feel you were such a thing?
Girls:
<Ciara shrugs> I just feel like more of a problem tonight.
Boys:
<Alexei nods, clasps his hands between his legs, looks at them>
Boys:
<Ethan glances over covertly, nudges Sang>
Girls:
<Sang looks at Ethan, glances at Alexei, whispers> Shit.
Boys:
<Ethan nods, keeps eating>
Girls:
<Ciara quietly> Alexei, I pulled you away from a dinner with your friends, came out here and didn’t tell you I was coming. You can’t say it doesn’t…create a problem.
Boys:
<Alexei looks at her> What kind of problem do you think it creates, Bella?
Girls:
<Ciara quietly> For one thing you should be angry, I drove out here in the Volvo.. 11 hours alone. I stopped once at rest area outside DC, to use the bathroom and get a soda.
Boys:
<Alexei nods> And it is a problem that I am not angry? <shakes his head> But what good would it do for me to get angry over what has already been done?
Girls:
<Ciara shakes her head> No .. It’s not a problem. <quietly, looks down>
Boys:
<Alexei looks back at his hands, quietly> I am trying to understand, Bella. I haven’t seen you for days. I don’t want to spend the day I finally do angry.
Girls:
<Ciara nods> I understand.
Boys:
<Alexei nods>
Girls:
<Ciara shakes her head> I’m sorry. I don’t want to argue or fight..
Boys:
<Alexei nods> I know. <shakes his head, quietly> If you did not want to see me, why did your sister tell me you were here?
Girls:
<Ciara sighs> I didn’t *not* want to see you, Alexei.
Boys:
<Alexei looks over at her, quietly> Don’t. There is much I don’t understand, Bella, but there is also much I do. And I know you well enough to know when things are not right.
Girls:
<Ciara looks at him> What are you talking about?
Boys:
<Alexei, still quietly> You wear your heart on your sleeve, Bella. And I have known since I called you earlier that something wasn’t right. It was like pulling teeth to get you to see me. You have barely had a smile for me. And you keep speaking of yourself as though you are a burden. <looks back at his hands> I may not speak the language, but I can read the signs.
Girls:
<Ciara quietly> Alexei.. I didn’t want to bother you. You came up here with Anya and Dom for a reason.
Boys:
<Alexei shakes his head, quietly> I think it is I who am bothering you. <looks at her> I am going to go back to the hotel. Call me when you are ready to bother me. <gets up and heads for the door with a purposeful stride>
Girls:
<Ciara watches him, stands, quietly> Alexei…
Boys:
<the boys look up when Alexei stands, watch him go, look at each other>
Boys:
<Alexei heads outside, pulling out his phone and calling Shay>
Girls:
<Ciara blinks>

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Posted June 2, 2012 by The Universe in category "Fiction", "Solitude